The newest ship in the Royal Caribbean
Central Park may not resemble the actual Central Park in New York City, but it will feature gardens and winding pathways in an open-air setting, watched over by hundreds of balconies from passenger berths.
This doesn't mean that Royal is simply re-creating a landlubber experience. One key Central Park feature will be a moving bar that ascends and descends, a feature that will no doubt be tricky to navigate if you have one frozen cocktail too many.
The kicker is that this is just one of the seven neighborhoods within the massive ship. Royal Caribbean will no doubt tease the media and cruiseaholics in the coming months with details on the other six themed areas that will carry a whopping 5,400 passengers.
Living in Miami, I see the colorful assortment of cruise ships as they dock against our sun-blessed coastline. They keep getting bigger. Shuffleboard decks and putting greens evolved into rock walls, bowling alleys, and floating waterparks.
All of the major cruise operators, like NCL and Carnival
More ships carrying more passengers translates into a wider audience of cruisers, leaving from a wider variety of ports. That is one of the reasons I recommended Steiner Leisure
So who will lose market share to the cruising industry? It's a good question. My first reaction in eyeing the Central Park concept art was that it looked a lot like the open atrium courtyards found in Embassy Suites. Yes, cruise lines are starting to emulate the lodging industry with roomier cabins. So naturally the cruise industry's expansion may come at the expense of more conventional hoteliers like Wyndham
Central Park is coming. Look busy.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz feels that the signature rock walls on RCL ships may not be the only barrier for the company. He has cruised with all four of the operators mentioned in the story, but only owns shares in Disney. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.