Cruise line executives gathered at a roundtable in Cannes last week voiced off on many issues regarding the Mediterranean and European markets, including the environment, passenger sourcing and a possible extended seasons. Cruise Industry News was there.
Environmental issues will play a larger and larger role in the industry’s future, according to Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation, who spoke with Cruise Industry News in an exclusive interview. And fuel conservation will continue to be a top priority, while the cruise lines must live with the technology they have.
With more rules and regulations being introduced and in the pipeline, cruise lines are responding by adjusting their systems and operating procedures accordingly and installing new equipment. Marine operations executives at some of the leading cruise lines lay out their priorities and efforts, which in some cases are driving development of new technology.
Good enough is not good enough on today’s ships. A continuous flow of new hardware into the cruise market has led to innovation in the onboard product with lines looking to differentiate themselves. At the same time, they face a variety of challenges and have to keep both at-sea and shoreside members of the team motivated.