Golden Age Of Cruising
There's never been a better time to cruise than now, Carnival Corportion CEO Arnold Donald said in Singapore on Sat at the christening of Seabourn Encore. “This is the golden age of cruising” he told around 1,200 people at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, including 600 passengers about to embark on Encore’s first voyage to Australia and 450-odd who were on sister-ship Seabourn Sojourn which was also docked in the Lion City. “These are the greatest days the cruise industry and cruise passengers have ever known,” Donald told the audience.
The cruise industry heavyweight said it was estimated 25 million people globally would cruise this year, and roughly half that figure would take a cruise on a Carnival Corporation ship, which spanned brands such as Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Cunard, Costa and P&O Cruises. “Our ships sailing today are marvels of modern design and engineering and certainly Encore is a prime example,” he remarked.
“In the past four years we have seen tremendous advances in technology to improve the safety, efficiency, the comfort and just the plain fun of our ships. But every few years, those advances take a great leap forward with a ship that breaks the mould. The introduction of state-of-the-art new ships like Encore are milestones that make these the greatest days, as each marks a new chapter in the evolution of our fleet and the evolution of cruising,” he said.
Summarising the cruise industry in its current form Donald, explained to the audience that, “cruising is the most unique, comfortable and sophisticated mode of travel that there is today. “No matter where you want to go and how you like to travel, chances are we have a cruise that will take you. Who else can create a vacation where you wake up in your own bed every morning, to find the world outside has changed. We are your hotel, your dining room, your transportation, your nightly entertainment and every day we give you front row seats to the most amazing places in the world,” Donald concluded.