Celebrity Cruises holds its first gay wedding at sea

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Celebrity Cruises said a gay couple was legally married on the Celebrity Equinox, a first for the line and perhaps the industry.

Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray were wed in a ceremony officiated by Capt. Dimitrios Manetas.

Celebrity is billing the event as the first same-sex couple to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line.

Celebrity said an October 2017 liberalization vote in Malta, where its ships are registered, opened the door for Celebrity to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed onboard while at sea.

“Words cannot express how proud I am to congratulate Francisco and Benjamin at this truly historic moment, both for them and for Celebrity,” Celebrity president Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said.

Vargas, a manager in the group’s department at Cruise Planners in Coral Springs, Fla., said, “We are grateful for the outpouring of support from our Cruise Planners family and hope our story brings strength for others in the LGBTQ+ community,” he said.

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The global cruise ship order book lists all confirmed cruise ship newbuild orders through 2026.

Cruise Line Ship Cost(1) Tonnage Capacity Yard Sailing Delivery

2018:

Carnival Horizon
$780 135,000 4,000 Fincantieri Eur/Carib March
Royal Caribbean Symphony $1,300 227,625 5,400 STX France Eur/Carib April
MSC Cruises Seaview $950 154,000 4,140 Fincantieri Europe May
TUI Mein Schiff 1 $625 110,000 2,900 Meyer Turku Europe May
Seabourn Ovation $350 40,350 604 Fincantieri World May
Norwegian Bliss $1,100 164,600 4,200 Meyer Alaska/Carib May
expPonant Le Lapérouse $110 10,000 180 VARD World June
Viking Ocean Viking Orion $400 47,000 930 Fincantieri Europe July
expPonant Le Champlain $110 10,000 180 VARD World August
expHurtigruten Roald Amundsen $220 20,000 530 Kleven Europe August
expScenic Eclipse $185 16,500 228 Uljanik Group World August
Star Clippers Flying Clipper $100 8,770 300 Brodosplit World Q3
Celebrity Edge $900 117,000 2,900 STX France Eur/Carib November
Holland America Nieuw Statendam $520 99,000 2,660 Fincantieri Carib November
expMystic Cruises World Explorer $100 9,300 200 West Sea World November
lngAIDA Cruises AIDAnova $950 183,900 5,000 Meyer Europe December

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2019:

expCoral Expeditions Adventurer $75 5,500 120 VARD Australia Q1
Viking Ocean Viking Jupiter $400 47,000 930 Fincantieri Europe February
MSC Cruises Bellissima $900 167,600 4,500 STX France Europe March
redCosta Cruises Costa Venezia $780 135,500 4,232 Fincantieri China March
expHapag-Lloyd Hans. Nature $155 16,100 230 VARD World April
TUI Mein Schiff 2
$625 110,000 2,900 Meyer Turku Europe Spring
Royal Caribbean Spectrum $950 167,000 4,100 Meyer China Spring
expOceanwide Hondius $85 6,300 196 Brodosplit World May
expCelebrity Flora $75 5,739 100 De Hoop Galapagos May
expHurtigruten Fridtjof Nansen $220 20,000 530 Kleven Europe Summer
Saga Cruises S/Discovery $350 58,250 1,000 Meyer Europe Summer
expPonant Le Bougainville $110 10,000 180 VARD World Summer
expPonant Le Dumont-d’Urville $110 10,000 180 VARD World Summer
expSunStone Greg Mortimer $65 8,000 160 CMIH World August
expSunStone Unnamed $65 8,000 160 CMIH World September
expHapag-Lloyd H/Inspiration $155 16,100 230 VARD World October
lngCosta Cruises Costa Smeralda $950 183,900 5,000 Meyer Turku Europe October
Princess Sky Princess $760 141,000 3,600 Fincantieri Eur/Carib October
MSC Cruises Grandiosa $900 177,100 4,888 STX France Europe November
Carnival Panorama
$780 135,500 4,200 Fincantieri Carib Fall
expAntarctica XXI M/Explorer $50 4,900 100 ASENAV World Q4
redNorwegian Unnamed $1,100 164,600 4,200 Meyer China Q4
Ritz-Carlton Unnamed $225 25,000 298 Barreras TBA Q4

2020:

expLindblad Unnamed $135 TBD 126 Ulstein World Jan
Regent Splendor $478 54,000 738 Fincantieri World Q1
Celebrity Beyond $900 117,000 2,900 STX France TBA Spring
expSunStone Unnamed $65 8,000 160 CMIH World March
Silversea Silver Moon $370 40,700 596 Fincantieri World April
Saga S/Adventure $350 58,250 1,000 Meyer Europe Summer
expSunStone Unnamed $65 8,000 160 CMIH World September
MSC Cruises Unnamed $900 177,100 4,888 STX France Europe September
Royal Caribbean Unnamed
$950 167,000 4,100 Meyer TBA Fall
Virgin Unnamed $710 110,000 2,860 Fincantieri Carib TBA
redCosta Cruises Unnamed $780 135,500 4,232 Fincantieri China TBA
lngP&O Cruises Unnamed $950 183,900 5,200 Meyer TBA TBA
lngCarnival Unnamed $950 183,900 5,000 Meyer Turku TBA TBA
Princess Unnamed $760 141,000 3,600 Fincantieri TBA TBA
redStar Cruises Unnamed $1,100 204,000 5,200 MV Werften China TBA
expCrystal Endeavor $195 20,000 200 MV Werften World TBA

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2021:

Ritz-Carlton Unnamed $225 25,000 298 Barreras TBA Q1
Royal Caribbean Unnamed $1,300 227,625 5,400 STX France TBA Spring
lngexpPonant Unnamed $324 30,000 270 VARD World Q2
lngCosta Cruises Unnamed $950 183,900 5,000 Meyer Turku TBA TBA
Virgin Unnamed $710 110,000 2,860 Fincantieri TBA TBA
lngDisney Unnamed $900 135,000 2,500 Meyer TBA TBA
MSC Cruises Unnamed $1,100 168,380 4,560 Fincantieri TBA TBA
Celebrity Unnamed $900 117,000 2,900 STX France TBA Fall
lngAIDA Cruises Unnamed $950 183,900 5,000 Meyer TBA TBA
redStar Cruises Unnamed $1,100 204,000 5,200 MV Werften China TBA
Holland America Unnamed $520 99,000 2,660 Fincantieri TBA TBA
Viking Ocean Unnamed $400 47,000 930 Fincantieri Europe TBA
expCrystal Unnamed $195 20,000 200 MV Werften World TBA

2022:

Ritz-Carlton Unnamed $225 25,000 298 Barreras TBA Q1
Crystal Unnamed $900 117,000 1,000 MV Werften World Q1
lngRoyal Caribbean Unnamed $1,100 200,000 5,000 Meyer Turku TBA Q2
Celebrity Unnamed $900 117,000 2,900 STX France TBA Fall
Virgin Unnamed $710 110,000 2,860 Fincantieri TBA TBA
lngMSC Cruises Unnamed $1,200 200,000 5,400 STX France TBA TBA
lngCarnival Unnamed $950 183,900 5,000 Meyer Turku TBA TBA
Princess Unnamed $760 141,000 3,600 Fincantieri TBA TBA
Norwegian Unnamed $850 140,000 3,300 Fincantieri TBA TBA
Viking Ocean Unnamed $400 47,000 930 Fincantieri Europe TBA
Viking Ocean Unnamed $400 47,000 930 Fincantieri Europe TBA
lngDisney Unnamed $900 135,000 2,500 Meyer TBA TBA
Cunard Line Unnamed $600 113,000 3,000 Fincantieri World TBA
expCrystal Unnamed $195 20,000 200 MV Werften World TBA
lngP&O Cruises Unnamed $950 183,900 5,200 Meyer TBA TBA

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2023:

lngDisney Unnamed $900 135,000 2,500 Meyer TBA TBA
Norwegian Unnamed $850 140,000 3,300 Fincantieri TBA TBA
redCarnival China Unnamed $750 135,000 5,000 CSSC China TBA
MSC Cruises Unnamed $1,100 169,380 4,560 Fincantieri TBA TBA
Viking Ocean Unnamed $400 47,000 930 Fincantieri Europe TBA

2024:

lngRoyal Caribbean Unnamed $1,100 200,000 5,000 Meyer Turku TBA Q2
lngMSC Cruises Unnamed $1,200 200,000 5,400 STX France TBA TBA
Norwegian Unnamed $850 140,000 3,300 Fincantieri TBA TBA
redCarnival China Unnamed $750 135,000 5,000 CSSC China TBA

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2025:

lngMSC Cruises Unnamed $1,200 200,000 5,400 STX France TBA TBA
Norwegian Unnamed $850 140,000 3,300 Fincantieri TBA TBA

2026:

lngMSC Cruises Unnamed $1,200 200,000 5,400 STX France TBA TBA

Coastal Ships:

DeliveredAmerican Constellation $30 2,000 175 Chesapeake U.S. May 2017
DeliveredLindblad Quest $48 1,800 100 Nichols U.S. Summer 2017
DeliveredAustralis Ventus $50 4,500 210 ASENAV South Am. Q4 2017
American Constitution $30 2,000 175 Chesapeake U.S. May 2018
Lindblad Venture $48 1,800 100 Nichols U.S. Summer 2018
American Song $30 3,000 195 Chesapeake U.S. Fall 2018
American Unnamed $30 3,000 195 Chesapeake U.S. 2019
American Unnamed $30 3,000 195 Chesapeake U.S. 2020
American Unnamed $30 3,000 195 Chesapeake U.S. 2021
American Unnamed $30 3,000 195 Chesapeake U.S. 2022

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(1) In Millions (USD) | Costs May Be Estimated

lng: LNG Powered

exp: Expedition Vessel

red: China/Asia Market Dedicated Vessel

Delivered: Delivered

TBA: To Be Announced

Last Updated: January 27, 2018

No Concerns in the Caribbean for Royal

Oasis of the Seas (Photo: Arjan Elemendorp)
Oasis of the Seas
The new Symphony of the Seas will help propel the Caribbean to a record year of cruise capacity.

Despite the uptick in ships and passengers, capacity and pricing is not a concern for Royal Caribbean International.

“After the hurricanes in September, we saw that softness for about four to six or seven weeks but that recovered and picked up and we’re in a good booked position for Q1,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, on the company’s Q4 2017 earnings call. “And overall we’re feeling pretty good about the Caribbean for 2018.

“We’re fortunate because we’ve got the Symphony of the Seas coming into the Caribbean towards the end of the year. We have also got Celebrity Edge and we’re introducing Mariner of the Seas after an extensive modernization and revitalization and we’re putting that product into the short market, so that’s quite a lot of volume that’s coming into that market. We’re actually very excited about what that product’s going to do, the bookings are going very well and it’s still outside of its typical booking window because it’s a short product. So overall, we’re feeling okay about the Caribbean.”

As for the booking window, the company opened 2019 deployment four months earlier than in previous years.

Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, noted the booking window continues to impress.

“Now you may recall that a year ago I said and I’m quoting, that the booking window has stretched as far as we will ever want and I don’t expect to announce another record level bookings a year from today,” Fain said. “Well I wasn’t terribly accurate, here we are a year later and we’re announcing another record level bookings.”

CFO Jason T. Liberty advised that other companies in the Caribbean marketplace may have pricing challenges, but those incidents are not indicative of the entire market.

“There are occasions sometimes when a new product enters the market from competitors and they may have some challenges initially and you may see some fairly aggressive pricing going into the market,” he said. “That can be disruptive but it’s very localized.”