Vancouver is set for a cruise boom, with Cunard, Viking Ocean and Azamara planning to offer Alaskan itineraries from the seaport in 2019. We take a look at the future market potential of Vancouver, which is ideally located as a departure point for cruises to Alaska, and ask what else the region has to offer cruise customers.
We also profile Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship by gross tonnage, ahead of its launch in June, and take a closer look at Disney Cruise Line’s strategy, as it looks to add three new LNG-fuelled ships to its fleet.
With a special focus on safety in the cruise industry, in this issue we find out more about new international ISO guidelines for ‘man overboard’ detection systems, which raise the alarm and locate the victim as soon as possible. We also hear from Brookes Bell about why the safety principles embedded during the design and construction of cruise vessels must not be compromised.
Finally, we consider the best solutions for cruise operators ahead of the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap implementation deadline, from low-sulphur fuel and LNG to scrubber technology, and check in on some of the latest efforts from cruise lines to improve Internet connectivity at sea.
Katie Woodward, editor