In May, shocking news emerged of a river cruise boat sinking in the Danube, followed shortly after by the footage of another vessel colliding at speed with a dock in Venice. Although two such accidents in as many months can be considered a freak occurrence, it is nonetheless emblematic of a systemic problem among cruise ships with collision avoidance. Will Moffitt talks to Richard Villavicencio, senior specialist marine at Lloyd’s Register, about whether existing software is doing its job in preventing such accidents.
New Zealand seems to be the perfect destination for a cruise holiday, with a long coastline of staggering beauty giving way to a dramatic mountainside background. Only recently, however, has the country come into its own as one of the sector’s most exciting destinations. Will Moffitt talks to Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises’ vice-president for the Asia-Pacific region, about the triumphs and tribulations involved in building a cruise business in the land of the long white cloud.
Run a tight shop
Traditionally, cruise lines have emphasised affordability in their retail policies. But habits are changing, with operators pivoting towards more upmarket offerings. Andrea Valentino talks to Miguel Maal, an expert in cruise retail, and Adrian Pittaway, head of retail at MSC, about the benefits of turning the act of shopping into a valued experience in its own right.
Weight of expectation
Cruise ships are known for their novel, sometimes daring cuisine options – but how healthy are they? According to former Carnival staff member turned writer Jay Herring, passengers gained a collective 6t of weight on one voyage. Abi Millar talks to Herring and Pierre-Marie Leprince, Princess’s director of guest culinary experience, about the momentum in the sector towards healthier food options.
The Baltic cruise market is booming. With increased activity, though, comes more pollution, a worry that has led several countries in the region to impose strict environmental regulations on ships. Andrea Valentino talks to Andreas Slotte, head of sustainable development at the Port of Helsinki, and Claus Bødker, director of Cruise Baltic, about how cruise companies are working to better protect the region’s delicate ecosystem.