FourFour Two: The Best Passenger-carrying Cruise Capsule in the World
4Four Two – The best passenger-carryging cruise capsules in the world have been announced by the world’s largest cruise operator.
CruiseLine said it would be opening up its fleet of passenger-cargo capsules to customers starting this year, with a range of passenger cars, coach cars, and small cargo-carryers for those wanting to take on more than one.
The capsules will come with a large screen, and will allow passengers to book a car or coach, as well as a large luggage compartment, on board.
All four capsule designs are designed for low- to mid-level passengers.
In a blog post, the operator said it was partnering with a number of partners to help them bring the capsules to market, including the world-leading Volvo and German luxury carmaker Lufthansa.
There are currently seven capsules in service, including a large-capacity capsule, the world leader in passenger-car transport, and the most recent of a class of capsules designed for large groups.
“We know that this market is still nascent, and we want to be there when people start to take these capsules,” CruiseLine chief executive David Wirth told FourFourtwo.
“But we also know that in this market, we have a huge opportunity, and that’s the opportunity to help to grow the market.”
Cruises also announced it was developing the first passenger-trains to carry up to 80 passengers, using two different capsules, with the first train scheduled to run in 2021.
Three of the capsules will be available by 2020.
One is a coach-car capsule designed for medium- to high-level groups.
The other is a car-carryable capsule for larger groups.
Cruise Line says that its capsules will reduce the time between boarding and taking off by up to two hours.
While the capsules are designed to be used as cargo cars or coach cars for long trips, the firm says it can also be used for short journeys, or as a way of getting to and from the terminal, to carry luggage and people.
But Cruise Line has a number on the books, including three capsules in operation in the UK, including two designed for long-haul travellers.
Cruises has already been working with some of the world´s largest cruise operators to bring capsule capsules to the market.
FourFourTwo understands that the firm is looking at the US, the Netherlands, Australia and Singapore as it looks to expand its passenger-capsule capabilities.
With so many competitors in the market, it is important that the operators understand their customers and their needs, the chief executive said.
He said the operator was looking at ways of building a broader range of capsule options to make the capsules more competitive with other competitors.
Mr Wirth said the company wanted to be “in the business of making the capsules that make the difference between people getting to their destination, or not getting to it”.
“And then making the capsule that people want to take home,” he added.
A number of capsules in production are scheduled to enter service in 2021, with another five in the pipeline.
Two other capsule-couriers are being built by Japanese cruise operator JAL for use by Japanese passengers on long-distance trips.
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That would be equivalent to flying on a Boeing 737 MAX.
This could help to reduce cabin capacity and the cost of fuel, Cruises said.
Cruisers has also partnered with Chinese carrier Shanghai Hongqiao to offer its capsules, which have a range from 10,000 to 35,000km in a single day.