Another year, another set of upcoming cruise newbuilds to tantalise holidaymakers and fill cruise lines’ pockets with gold. We start our February edition by casting an eye over some of the most exciting cruise ships set to launch in 2020, and ask which could make the biggest splash in the industry this year and beyond.
We’ve also been aboard Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess to test out Carnival’s Ocean Medallion, which tracks passenger movement to offer unique services, and visited MSC Cruises’ Grandiosa to ask the operator about the future of LNG at sea.
Also in this issue, we examine Australia’s growing domestic cruise market, ask whether increasing demand is creating capacity issues at Canada’s Port of Vancouver, and discuss the potential impact of a merger between two major shipyards: Fincantieri and Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
Finally, we look at the seasickness-conquering design of the X-BOW ship hull, which has seen its first use in cruise on Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer and investigate the potential of ammonia as an alternative cruise ship fuel.