Cruise shipping review: operations planning and research opportunities

Kai Wang, Shuaian Wang, Lu Zhen, Xiaobo Qu

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26 Citations (Scopus)


Purpose: This paper aims to conduct a review on cruise shipping and the cruise shipping industry. The current trends are analyzed for the industry, showing that this industry is still young and has great potential to boom. Meanwhile, the Asia market is the fastest growth region among the global, to which increasing cruise ships are repositioned by major cruise lines. However, for such a promising industry, the literature review on some state-of-the-art research works suggests that the research works that have been conducted for the cruise shipping are quite limited, and the majority of the works belongs to empirical and descriptive studies, which does not provide optimization-based quantitative analysis on some operation planning problems. Design/methodology/approach: This paper conducts a review on cruise shipping and the cruise shipping industry. Findings: In reality, there are some important operation planning problems faced by cruise lines or cruise ships, and four of them are addressed in this paper in response to the fast growing trend. The addressed operation planning problems are cruise fleet management, cruise ship deployment, cruise itinerary design and cruise service planning. Originality/value: The importance and the attention for the research on the problems are also elaborated in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-148
Number of pages16
JournalMaritime Business Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2016


  • Cruise ship repositioning
  • Cruise shipping
  • Itinerary planning
  • Ship deployment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Transportation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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