Mary Bond

Mary Bond

Publisher/Editor in Chief Seatrade Cruise News & Seatrade Cruise Review

Mary Bond is managing director publishing and content at Seatrade, overseeing the company’s cruise and maritime print and online portfolio as well as playing a leading role in shaping live content at Seatrade’s global cruise events.

The editor of Seatrade Cruise News and Seatrade Cruise Review quarterly, the official magazine at Seatrade cruise events worldwide, since both titles were launched, respectively in 1997 and 2000.

She has worked in the shipping industry for 36 years, first for Lloyd’s Register of Shipping before joining Seatrade’s editorial team in 1985.

She covers global cruise stories, as well as editing and overseeing Seatrade’s extensive team of cruise expert writers and moderates at industry events. She is also on the steering committee of CruiseBritian.

2019 is a notable year for Variety Cruises as it is celebrating its 50th anniversary and offering its biggest cruise programme to date in the summer 2019 and winter 2019/2020 seasons.

Small ship travel company Ecoventura is set to launch its newest motor yacht, Theory, in March 2019.


MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique celebrated the float out of MSC Grandiosa in Saint-Nazaire. The 181,000gt ship has now been moved to a wet dock, where work will continue until her delivery in October 2019.

Noble Caledonia continued its support of the city of Portsmouth on the Caribbean island of Dominica recently following its devastation at the hands of Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

Staff at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines celebrated the end of a successful 2018, which has seen the company boast bumper sales, scoop a host of awards and launch its first-ever dedicated river cruise ship.


As the end of 2018 fast approaches Seatrade Cruise News looks back on yet another fascinating year for the global cruise industry as our network of writers followed every twist and turn.

The UK ports of Plymouth, Dartmouth, Southampton, Harwich, Dover, Tilbury (London) and Hull (Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire) are identified as key gateways for themed Mayflower 400 shore excursions in 2020 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the historic voyage of the Mayflower ship from the UK to America.

According to Ian Richardson, md, The ICE Way - a consultancy led group specialising in the travel and cruise industries - 2018 has been ‘an interesting and eventful year for technology within the travel and cruise sector.'

January 1 will see the debut of MSC Cruises's first UK TV advertising campaign, which is launching ahead of the naming ceremony of MSC Bellissima, to take place on March 2 in Southampton.

Ege Port Kuşadası, gateway to Ephesus and a Global Ports Holding port, will host the 54th MedCruise General Assembly between May 7-10, 2019.


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