Arnulf Hader
Arnulf Hader

Dear reader,

Once again we can present a thoroughly updated edition of our handbook. The structure of the book is nearly the same as before, the fleet lists, statistics and ancillary texts have grown again. New details are included and a lot of photos were exchanged. As usual the tables show the fleets of the owners/operators as up to date as possible and the statistics provide the figures up to 2019. Ships on order for delivery 2020/21 are included in the relevant parts of the book.

The number of new ships in Europe was 19 in 2019 and the same figure is expected to enter service in 2020. The German market is developing very well and the Americans are coming back after the 2016 terrorist actions in France and Belgium. Thus newbuilding activity is lively again for European and Overseas travellers.

In other regions we are watching different development trends. In the Russian fleet the downward trend seems to be stopped. Some old ships were retired but others returned to service. Some newbuilding contracts with Russian shipyards are confirmed and in the 2020 season the first newly build Russian ship is in service. More visitors are coming back to Egypt after the revolution, but most of them for beach holidays. 2019 more Nile ships were active again. While a lot of ships will leave the market, a few new ships are xpected now and others will be modernized. In North America one operator is building up his fleet. Now not the typical “Mississippi Steamers” are added but Europan style river vessels. Two new ships start operation on the Yangtze River, once more the biggest river cruisers of the world. In Southeast Asia the number of luxury vessels on Mekong, Irrawaddy and Ganges is slowly increasing. A closer look into this area shows that there are many small cabin ships besides those of 40 beds and more.

Also in the 13th edition some parts of the book are routine work now but, generally, it remains very time consuming to collect the information from every available, more or less reliable, source of information. We took every care in updating the contents but improvements are always possible. As usual we ask for relevant proposals and news about ships and projects are always welcome.

December 2019

The 13th edition 2020 is available early January 2020

The price is € 160.00 for the first and € 90.00 for the second and further copies plus postage & packing. The book is also available per e-mail in form of PDFs for EUR 350.


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