Richard Fain has been such a monumental figure in cruising that it's hard to imagine what things will be like when he steps away as CEO of Royal Caribbean Group in January.

He’ll continue as chairman, looks forward to supporting his CEO successor Jason Liberty and will keep a hand in shipbuilding. 

‘Greatest cruise ship builder in the history of the industry’

Seatrade Cruise Review’s December issue, just out, provides a retrospective of Fain’s bold moves, inspiriing management style and never-accept-the-status-quo mindset. The shares Fain’s insights and the views of industry figures including Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, who said: ‘I think Richard will be remembered as the greatest cruise ship builder in the history of the industry.’

Sture Myrmell profiled

Also in the December issue, Seatrade’s Australasia correspondent Helen Hutcheon profiles Sture Myrmell, the new president of Carnival UK, whose first cruise-related job — guess it! — was sommelier aboard Queen Elizabeth 2.

Year’s top news stories, 2022 newbuilds previewed, Middle East and Asia in-depth

The magazine singles out the Top 20 news stories of 2021 that got the most clicks on and previews 2022’s 25 oceangoing newbuilds. There’s a Middle East feature with on-the-scene reporting by Seatrade Deputy Editor Holly Payne and an in-depth Asia analysis by Ted Blamey of CHART Management Consultants.

Readers will find highlights of Seatrade Cruise Global 2021 and a report from Madrid’s recent international cruise summit.

Market reports, Ocean Cay MSC Marine reserve transformation

And the issue provides updates on European river cruising and Mediterranean, Baltic and Americas ports and destinations. A feature tells how MSC Cruises transformed an industrial wasteland into Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve and its potentially world-impacting super coral project. Plus, people moves, a bevy of late-year ship christenings, Refurb & Interiors and the latest technical products and services.

Seatrade Cruise Review’s December digital edition is available here.