This time capsule begins with the 1970 introduction of Song of Norway and sails through five eventful decades.
Plus, Seatrade Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Mary Bond picks a dozen milestone covers from the last 23 years of Seatrade Cruise Review. (Remember Colin Veitch in a Bruce Springsteen pose for ‘Re-born in the USA’ as NCL America went live? Harri Kulovaara riding a wave of innovation with cutting-edge ships? MSC’s Pierfrancesco Vago thinking outside the box? Micky Arison handing the CEO reins of Carnival Corp. to Arnold Donald? Women wearing the stripes?)
‘Captain progress’ profiled
The issue goes in-depth with ‘Captain progress,’ SVP Patrik Dahlgren, who leads Royal Caribbean Group’s global marine operations, supporting six brands. As a member of the Healthy Sail Panel, he’s a key contributor in gearting up for cruising’s restart, and he’s a champion of diversity.
‘He is collaborative and cooperative. He believes in inclusiveness. And he’s really, really smart,’ said his boss, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises, who oversees global marine operations for the corporation. ‘He has an amazing aptitude for the business, the profitability and the guest sides of the business. He’s able to manage so many metrics that are required for a successful business.’
2020’s Top 20 stories and 40-plus cruise ship sales
The issue also looks back at the Top 20 stories of 2020 and tracks the more than 40 cruise ships that changed hands/went to the breakers in a Sale & Purchase 2020 recap. (Three more moves emerged just in recent days with the sale of Empress and Majesty of the Seas, and would-be cryptocurrency ship Satoshi reported heading to be scrapped.)
In other features, 2021’s new ships are previewed, and specific pandemic-related reporting includes a firsthand chronicle of what it’s like to cruise now, how crew training is adapting in the COVID era and the restart of domestic cruising in Australasia. Plus, updates on the European river business, special reports on Baltic and Mediterranean ports and destinations, people moves, the latest refurbishment and interiors news and more.
Seatrade Cruise Review’s December issue can be downloaded here.