Mario Zanetti“In our role, and my role, customers are the priority and exceeding their expectations on a daily basis,” said Mario Zanetti, president of Carnival China.

“Right now the focus is on Costa. It is a pioneer in the market and the market leader with our Italy at Sea concept. We need to make sure that is effectively communicated.

SuperStar VirgoThe SuperStar Gemini is moving to homeport in Bangkok in December for a five month program, offering two- and three-night cruises.

The SuperStar Libra launched its triple homeport deployment program in September, sailing from Port Klang, Penang and Phuket, offering three- and four-night cruises.

Aerial view of the Norwegian BlissThe Norwegian Bliss is set to steal the show in Alaska next summer, as the brand new ship sails her first itinerary from Seattle in early June.

“It’s the first time we have put a new ship into that market,” said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “That is capturing a lot of attention. We have really thought about the experience on the ship as it relates to Alaska.”

Alternative fuel choices are presenting the industry with a dilemma, according to Helge Hermundsgaard, business development manager at DNV GL Maritime. “LNG is definitely an alternative, but cruise lines are also exploring hybrid solutions with biofuels, fuel cells and other fuels,” he said. “If people tell you today they have the answer (future fuels), the only thing you can be sure about is that they are lying.

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