The end of the liner: final sunset beckons giant cruise ships

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The end of the liner: final sunset beckons giant cruise ships

The coronavirus pandemic has quickened the trend towards smaller vessels. We look at the benefits

Benjamin Parker

What picture would form in your head if you were asked to imagine a cruise ship? Results of a straw poll among friends suggest the first thought is behemoths, the floating holiday resorts thundering between ports.

There remains a place for these in the cruising seascape, but they have been one of the major victims as coronavirus forces the industry to remould itself.

Carnival Corp, the world’s biggest cruise operator, is dropping 13 ships from its fleet in 2020 – that’s a never-before-seen reduction in capacity of 9% – and the debuts of Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas (which will become the world’s largest) and Carnival’s Mardi Gras have been delayed...

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