Tony  Peisley

Tony Peisley

There was a ‘reality pill’ for shipyards specialising in cruise ship repairs and conversions from Carnival’s svp corporate ship refits Peter Fetten speaking at the Who’s Building? Who’s Refurbishing? session at Seatrade Cruise Global 2017.

A record number of Europeans took cruises in 2016 despite it being 'a particularly difficult year for the industry’ according to CLIA Europe chairman Kerry Anastassiadis.

Major structural changes are not required when designing cruise ships for Asians but there are some key cultural differences that need to be addressed.

China’s politically motivated suspension of permission for its people to cruise to Korea has cast a shadow over the expansion plans for the main Korean cruise port of Jeju, described by John Tercek, vp new business development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., as 'the number one cruise port in Asia.'

'Every cruise line is still lagging behind when it comes to providing the connectivity that people expect,' said O3b Networks vp mobility market segment management Greg Martin at the 'Cruise Connectivity' session at Seatrade Cruise Global.

The opening of Cuba to cruise tourism from the US is not just set to grow business for the Caribbean but, according to Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association president Michele Paige, it also could boost the all-important first-time cruiser market.