Arlene Satchell

Arlene Satchell

South Florida-based freelancer

Arlene Satchell is a South Florida-based freelance journalist who writes about the economic impact of tourism. She's a former business reporter for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Who better to offer a glimpse into the cruise industry’s journey from niche to mainstream than MSC Cruises USA chairman Rick Sasso, who has lived it day in and day out for nearly 50 years and still thinks it’s pretty darn special.

Expedition cruising is enjoying a renaissance of sorts fueled in part by growing consumer interest in transformational and experiential vacations offered in far-flung 'bucket list' regions around the world.

Caribbean cruise destinations hardest hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria last summer are aiming to fortify their storm–fighting arsenal with best practices developed from lessons learned in the powerful storms. 

Cruising is winning over more converts and all segments of the cruise industry, from mass market and river to niche and luxury, are reaping benefit.

As experiential vacations become increasingly popular with today’s adventure-seeking travelers, polar and expedition cruises to remote destinations around the globe are becoming the latest hot trend in travel.

The cruise industry is riding a growth wave as more people are opting for cruise vacations than ever before. The ability to attract and retain crew talent will therefore be critical to sustaining growth, experts said Tuesday during a Seatrade Cruise Global session.