in this issue

december 2017

‘Smart’ remains a buzzword in the cruise sphere, and MSC Cruises has gone as far as calling its new MSC Meraviglia a “connected smart city on the water”. To find out just what that means for passengers, we take a tour of the ship’s high-tech features. We also speak to award-winning pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury who is creating luxury sweet treats in a restaurant partnership with MSC.

Also in this issue, we find out how operators are looking to hotel design in an effort to freshen up the look of cruise ship interiors, and take a look at Luxury hotel brand Ritz-Carlton’s new small-scale luxury cruise yachts launching in 2019.

The tides are changing on the Adriatic Coast as Dubrovnik tries to reduce the influx of cruise passengers to its Unesco-protected heritage sites, but other coastal cities are investing in port infrastructure to take a share of the country’s cruise boom. We take a look at the emerging destinations in Croatia.

Plus, we find out how Costa Cruises is integrating social platforms with onboard commerce on its Asian fleet, explore operational and technological options in anti-piracy protection, and ask whether cruise lines are doing enough to reduce their emissions in light of a damning new environmental report.

Susanne Hauner, editor