WRS Tech’s Shipbuilding and Shipping recruitment teams are incredibly busy with the surging new build cruise market and our consultants are heavily involved in a number of cruise ship new build programs as well recruiting for shore based technical specialists involved in the management of such impressive floating assets.
The cost of building a cruise ship generally depends on the vessel's size, the building shipyard (labor prices, taxes, quality of service) and the onboard features (facilities and amenities). Cruise lines price the cruise ships building cost by the number of beds (the marine term is "berths"). The most fun fact of all in this category is the berth price of one of the world's most expensive big cruise ships - the most famous Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary 2 (launched 2004), with a berth cost of over US $300,000 - the industry's highest ever considering its tonnage.
The primary cause of such a high PPB (Price Per Berth) are:
At the other end of the scale using a different metric the world's most famous passenger ship ever, The World cruise ship operated by ResidenSea (and recently refit by WRS Tech contractors). The luxury residential ship (construction cost $266 million) offers one-bedroom apartment at the modest price of around $2,000 per night. Purchasing an apartment on board this ship is a quite different matter. The World cruise ship apartment cost (if some of the current owners decide to sell) is a pretty big deal – price start from US $2 million to over £15 mill (depending on size and deck location). Additionally to this "initial spending", the lucky owner will be charged an annual maintenance fee ranging from US $60,000 to over $500,000, again depending on the room chosen.
For a fantastic alphabetically arranged snapshot of the current cruise fleet take a look at the one compiled by Cruise Mapper.