Sailing against the wind
In the past, commanding a cruise ship has been a male role – but times are changing. Grace Allen discusses the rise of female cruise captains with Sea Cloud’s Captain Kathryn Whittaker, Captain Kate McCue of Celebrity and Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, president of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association.
Voyage of discovery
Strategic design consultants 20.20 masterminded the project that transformed the Mein Schiff I into TUI’s newest cruise ship, the Marella Explorer. Kevin Paintin, the fi rm’s client director, talks to Grace Allen about creating a strong brand identity with a sense of fun when dealing with the challenges of a refurbishment project.
The royal treatment
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis, Freedom and Voyager-class ships are undergoing a massive modernisation programme over the next few years. Elly Earls meets Kevin Douglas, vice-president of technical projects and new builds, to find out why planning will be fundamental to the success of its refurbishments.
With the International Maritime Organization’s ban on high-sulphur marine fuel set to come into force in 2020, ships that do not have the right equipment to strip these chemicals from their emissions will soon face problems. Neil Thompson speaks with Donald Brown, CLIA’s vice-president in charge of maritime policy, on how cruise lines should respond to these new legal restrictions and what the industry can do to prepare itself.
The generation gain
As the average age of cruise passengers continues to fall, several operators are looking towards millennials as the next big cruise demographic. But with uptake still relatively slow, how big an emphasis should the industry be placing on attracting younger passengers, and what changes are required to snag millennials? Abi Millar talks to Uniworld CEO Ellen Bettridge to find out.