Where are the cruise ships originally built for the Chinese market? – Cruise industry news | Gmx Pharm

Several cruise ships have been built specifically for the booming Chinese market over the past decade.

Too much capacity followed by COVID-19, in addition to other factors changing the course of local business, all ships are now going elsewhere.

Here’s what happened to all the former China newbuilds:

Ovation of the Seas
Company: Royal Caribbean International
Built: 2016
Capacity: 4,100 guests
Tonnage: 158,000
Current sailing region: North America

The Ovation of the Seas was Royal Caribbean International’s first newbuild to debut in China when it arrived in Tianjin in 2016.

With several custom features, the Quantum class ship served the local market until 2018.

Beginning in 2019, the ship began alternating summer seasons in North America – where it currently sails – and winter seasons in Australia.

Genting dream
Company: Dream Cruises (Genting Cruise Lines)
Built: 2016
Capacity: 3,400 guests
Tonnage: 150,000
Current sailing region: South East Asia

As the first cruise ship to enter service for Dream Cruises, Genting Dream originally served the Chinese market.

The Genting-owned cruise ship, which has several facilities for Chinese guests, had already been relocated from China when the pandemic hit in 2020.

However, the health crisis led to the collapse of Genting Cruise Lines and Dream Cruises. After a few months of waiting for a new operator, the ship, built in 2016, was chartered by Resorts World Cruises in mid-2022.

Norwegian delight
Company: Norwegian cruise line
Built: 2017
Capacity: 4,200 guests
Tonnage: 163,000
Current sailing region: North America

Norwegian Cruise Line made a big entry into the Chinese market in 2017 with the Norwegian Joy.

The ship was built at Meyer Werft shipyard and designed specifically for the local market with exclusive features including a virtual reality gaming center, tea room and more.

The ship was withdrawn from China in early 2019. After an overhaul – which removed all of the ship’s original purpose-designed features – the ship was positioned in the North American market in time for a summer program in Alaska.

Majestic Princess
Company: Princess Cruises
Built: 2017
Capacity: 3,600 guests
Tonnage: 141,000
Current sailing region: North America

After years of investing in the local market, Princess Cruises decided to send a bespoke newbuild to China with the Majestic Princess.

Built in 2017, the ship was believed to be the first built specifically for Chinese guests, boasting unique facilities such as a Cantonese restaurant, VIP casino, tea bar and karaoke rooms.

The Chinese company proved short of breath, however, with the brand dropping plans for a year-round deployment in the country just months after the 3,600 guest ship’s debut. Originally relocated to Taiwan and Australia for most of the year, the Majestic Princess arrived in 2021 in the North American market – where it is currently cruising.

world dream
Company: Dream Cruises (Genting Cruise Lines)
Built: 2017
Capacity: 3,400 guests
Tonnage: 150,000
Current sailing region: Hung up

The World Dream entered service for Dream Cruises in 2017. The ship, with several features for the local market, originally offered an upscale product in China.

With Genting Cruise Lines collapsing earlier this year, the ship remains awaiting a decision on its future while docked in Southeast Asia.

Norwegian encore
Company: Norwegian cruise line
Built: 2019
Capacity: 4,200 guests
Tonnage: 163,000
Current sailing region: North America

Originally, Norwegian Cruise Line had planned to ship the fourth Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship to China.

The ship, which later became Norwegian Encore, would add capacity to the local market already served by Norwegian Joy, built in 2017.

However, the plans were scrapped while the ship was still being built at Meyer Werft. Instead of China, Norwegian Encore made her debut in the North American market, where she still sails to this day.

spectrum of the seas
Company: Royal Caribbean International
Built: 2019
Capacity: 4,200 guests
Tonnage: 168,666
Current sailing region: South East Asia

With the Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International sent a second newbuild to China in 2019.

As the first ship in the Quantum Ultra class, the 4,200-guest ship has been upgraded with new features to cater to the local market, including an expanded VIP suite enclave and a number of new Asian specialty restaurants.

With COVID-19 hitting Asia first, the Spectrum was briefly relocated to Australia in early 2020 before going into a long dormant state. Currently, the ship offers short cruises departing from Marina Bay Cruise Terminal in Singapore.

Costa Venezia
Company: Costa Cruises
Built: 2019
Capacity: 4,232 guests
Tonnage: 135,500
Current sailing region: Mediterranean Sea-

The Costa Venezia was put into service in 2019 as the first newbuilding designed for China by Costa Cruises.

The Italian-built 135,500-ton vessel will offer custom features including a karaoke entertainment complex and larger casino and shopping areas.

With the pandemic, the ship has spent most of the past three years in Asia. The ship, currently serving Costa Cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean, will be based in North America beginning in 2023 and will embark on a series of cruises from New York City for the new Costa by Carnival concept.

Costa Florence
Company: Costa Cruises
Built: 2020
Capacity: 4,232 guests
Tonnage: 135,500
Current sailing region: Mediterranean Sea-

The Costa Firenze, a sister of the Costa Venezia, should debut in China in late 2020. The 4,232-guest cruise ship was also designed specifically for the local market and has several unique features.

However, the pandemic forced Costa Cruises to change plans for the ship. Failing to sail to Asia, Firenze made its European debut in 2021 and has been serving western markets ever since.

After a winter season in Brazil, the ship is now scheduled to debut in the United States in 2024, offering west coast cruises as part of the Costa by Carnival concept.

wonders of the seas
Company: Royal Caribbean International
Built: 2022
Capacity: 5,448 guests
Tonnage: 227,625
Current sailing region: Mediterranean Sea-

Currently the world’s largest cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas was originally intended for year-round service in China.

With interior designs and concepts that appeal to the local public, the Royal Caribbean International ship is expected to debut in the Chinese market in mid-2021, offering a range of cruises from Shanghai.

However, the pandemic prompted the company to deploy the Oasis-class ship in the western hemisphere, with a number of Mediterranean and Caribbean itineraries.

global dream
Company: Dream Cruises (Genting Cruise Lines)
Built: 2022
Capacity: 5,000 guests
Tonnage: 208,000
Current sailing region: Unfinished

Originally slated for a 2022 debut, Global Dream was poised to become one of the largest ships in the Chinese market.

With bespoke features and attractions, the 5,000-guest ship in Germany was under construction when Dream Cruises collapsed earlier this year.

The ship is now lying unfinished in the construction dock of the MV Werften and is looking for a new operator.

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