River cruising has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the passenger shipping industry in Europe over the past five years. The specialist fleet of river-going cruise ships has increased accordingly.
However, the growth in the number of river cruise vessels in service on Europe’s waterways has heightened competition in what has been very much a niche market. Increasingly companies need that all-important unique selling point to differentiate them from their rivals in a rapidly saturating marketplace.
The world’s leading river cruise operator, Viking Cruises, is taking full advantage of an annual deck mainte-nance programme offered by the Dutch company, Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems.
Teams from Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems will be busy throughout 2016 installing decking systems on a number of high profile newbuild cruise ships. Bolideck products have been specified by TUI Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Holland America Line (HAL), Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCL) and Viking Cruises, among others.
Deliveries will cover new generation vessels under construction at shipyards in Finland, France, Germany and Italy.