Celebrating their 10th Anniversary in style, Cruise&Maritime Voyages have announced the acquisition of two new ships to their fleet. The ships will be joining the ever-expanding ocean fleet in 2021.
During dry dock, the ships will be increasing capacity to 9000 berths and passenger capacity will be growing by 30%. The pair will be officially renamed in Summer 2021, so keep an eye out for that!
Christian Verhounig, CEO commented, “The introduction of two more ships to the global ocean fleet is the next exciting chapter of our strategic growth objectives. This will enable us to service increasing market demand for our traditional brand of cruising generated by our expanding international network of in-house sales offices and developing source markets. We have now acquired five cruise ships in just five years and are firmly on course in carrying 200,000 passengers in 2021”.
Pacific Dawn, currently holding 798 passenger cabins and carrying around 1400 passenger will be open to the UK market in late May 2021. Her sister ship Pacific Aria, carrying around 1100 passengers will be relacing Astor, catering for the German and French market, she will hit the market May 2021.
Chris Coates, Group Commercial Director added, “As the CMV brand continues to evolve, the growing popularity of our traditional product, classic ships and destination focused cruise programs has encouraged us to accelerate plans to add capacity to the two top European cruise markets in the UK and Germany, which represent 85% of our business.
These two fine cruise ships perfectly complement our existing fleet providing trade partners and consumers alike with much needed extra capacity. For 2020, we expect close to 70% of capacity to be sold by the year-end, in line with expectations. This provides an ideal platform for the early introduction of new tonnage and opportunities for summer 2021 with the focus very much on higher yield business”.
Summer 2021 itineraries will go on sale early 2020, with special 20201 launch cruises available.
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