We take a deep dive on staff-related issues in this edition of Future Cruise. In particular, we ask whether the volume of new-build cruise vessels and industry growth create major recruitment problems, and speak to Belinda Bennet, Captain of MSY Wind Star, about her journey to become the world’s first black female cruise ship captain.
We also take a look at where tanker seizures in the Strait of Hormuz could affect Dubai’s expanding cruise sector, and explore whether environmental concerns surrounding a new George Town cargo port in the Cayman Islands outweigh its potential benefits.
Also in this issue: exploring the viability of permanent residences onboard cruise ships; inside Carnival’s LNG-powered Costa Smeralda setting sail for the first time in November; and could a pact between Dubrovnik and Cruise Lines International Association help improve the city’s relationship with the industry?
Joe Baker, editor