A Diverse Class of 2021 as 46 New Cruise Ships Could Debut.

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A glimpse at the 2021 cruise ship orderbook shows 30 cruise ships set to debut, plus 16 more ships that were delivered in 2020, most of which did not see revenue service and sit waiting.

The 30 ships expected in 2021 would mean a quickly rebounding cruise market plus the recovery of the global supply chain of vendors which has been slowed down by the pandemic, pushing shipyard delivery dates out into the future. 

What We Know

  • Despite the pandemic, 16 new ships debuted in 2020. Very few of these ships saw actual paying passengers onboard, and most now wait to start revenue service in 2021 when the time is right.
  • A number of ships that were set to be delivered in mid 2020 or later have so far been delayed by an average of six months.
  • Most cruise operators expecting ship deliveries in the second half of 2021 have yet to comment on delivery dates. 
  • Shipyards haven’t said much about expected delivery dates, but with quarantine requirements for specialist vendors and contractors, plus social distancing in the work environment, timelines are getting pushed back.
  • Widespread vaccination will see timelines once again accelerate as shipyards can return to previous production schedules. 
  • See the current orderbook in PDF; for historical capacity projections see the Cruise Ship Orderbook Report.

2020 Ship Deliveries:

Cruise LineShipCost1TonnageCapacityYardSailingDelivery
HurtigrutenFridtjof Nansen$22020,000530KlevenWorldQ1
VirginScarlet Lady$710110,0002,770FincantieriCaribFebruary
PonantLe Bellot$11010,000180VARDWorldMarch
LindbladNG Endurance$13512,000126UlsteinWorldApril
SilverseaSilver Origin$755,739100De HoopGalapagosJune
PonantLe Jacques Cartier$11010,000180VARDWorldJuly
PrincessEnchanted Princess$760141,0003,660FincantieriEur/CaribSeptember
P&O CruisesIona$950183,9005,200MeyerEuropeQ3
SilverseaSilver Moon$37040,700596FincantieriWorldOctober
Mystic/NickoWorld Voyager$809,300200West SeaWorldQ3
Costa CruisesFirenze$780135,5004,232FincantieriChinaDecember
CarnivalMardi Gras$950183,9005,200Meyer TurkuCaribDecember

2021 Expected New Ship Debuts: 

Cruise LineShipCost1TonnageCapacityYardSailingDelivery
SunStone2Ocean Explorer$658,000140CMIHWorldJanuary
Viking OceanViking Venus$40047,000930FincantieriWorldQ1
Sea CloudSpirit$1006,000136MetalshipsWorldQ1
Coral ExpeditionsGeographer$755,500120VARDAustraliaQ1
SunStone3Ocean Victory$658,000186CMIHWorldMarch
Tradewind VoyagesGolden Horizon$1008,770300BrodosplitWorldMarch
Royal CaribbeanOdyssey$950167,0004,200MeyerCaribApril
CrystalEndeavor$39019,800200MV WerftenWorldApril
PonantCommandant Charcot$32430,000270VARDWorldMay
Holland AmericaRotterdam$52099,0002,660FincantieriEur/CaribJune
Mystic/AtlasWorld Navigator$809,300200West SeaWorldQ2
VirginValiant Lady$710110,0002,770FincantieriEur/CaribQ2
MSC CruisesVirtuosa$900177,1004,888ChantiersEuropeQ2
MSC CruisesSeashore$1,100169,3804,560FincantieriEuropeSummer
SunStone4Sylvia Earle​$658,000130CMIHWorldSeptember
PrincessDiscovery Princess$760141,0003,660FincantieriEur/CaribOctober
LindbladNG Resolution$15012,000126UlsteinWorldQ3
AIDA CruisesAIDAcosma$950183,9005,400MeyerEuropeQ3
Swan HellenicMinerva$15010,000152HelsinkiWorldNovember
SilverseaSilver Dawn$38040,700596FincantieriWorldQ4
Viking OceanViking Octantis$27530,000378VARDWorldQ4
Costa CruisesToscana$950183,9005,224Meyer TurkuSouth AmQ4

1. In Millions
2. On charter to Vantage Travel.
3. On charter to Victory Cruise Lines and Albatros Expeditions.
4. On charter to Aurora Expeditions. 


Rgds, Sailor

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