Seatrade Cruise Global, the year’s largest reunion of the cruise industry, drew more than 8,000 attendees from over 110 countries. For many, it was their first big gathering, their first industry get-together or their first international trip since the pandemic.
Conference highlights are recapped in stories and photos, and there’s a preview of F&B@Sea, a new food and beverage-focused event that will run alongside Seatrade Cruise Global in 2023.
Cruise Europe and MedCruise gatherings
As industry gatherings resume, the June issue also features reports from the Cruise Europe conference in Edinburgh and the MedCruise general assembly in the Costa Brava ports of Palamó and Roses.
Look for previews of Gmec, the global maritime environmental congress that takes place Sept. 7 at SMM in Hamburg, and Seatrade Cruise Med, Sept. 14-15 in Málaga.
‘We keep having these black swan events,’ Frank Del Rio, president/CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings recently told financial analysts.
The ‘Outlook uncertain’ report examines challenges against the backdrop of COVID recovery and hefty capacity increases, including company debt loads, inflation, potential recession and crewing/recruitment issues.
A separate ship managers’ survey hones in on crewing challenges.
‘Crew supply still is and will continue to be one of the biggest challenges,’ said Martin Springer, managing director, BSM Cruise Services. ‘Coronavirus has exacerbated this trend and the Ukraine war makes it even more challenging; Ukraine is a major maritime nation with highly qualified nautical and technical personnel, many of them are currently unable to leave their country.’
Port Canaveral’s explosive growth
‘Having 32% more beds now than in 2019 is a significant gap to fill coming out of the pandemic,’ Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray said in a story on Canaveral’s explosive growth.
The world’s second busiest cruise port and the first in the Americas to homeport LNG-powered cruise ships (Mardi Gras, with Disney Wish imminent), Canaveral will be in the spotlight for the namings of Disney Wish this month and Wonder of the Seas in December. Canaveral’s homeporting roster climbs to 13 cruise ships this fall.
Design trends, European rivers and more
Seatrade Cruise Review also offers a special report on cruise ship interior design trends, a European river cruising update, the latest technical products and services, and news about global ports and destinations.
Plus, the cruise ship orderbook with analysis and a Cruise Line Directory.
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