The green agenda
As environmental considerations and healthy lifestyles increasingly become priorities, cruise operators are offering sophisticated vegan menus on board their ships. Not that the move to plant-based cooking is easy: supply chains need sharpening and chefs need convincing. Andrea Valentino talks to culinary leaders about the latest developments, and why tempeh and tofu are taking the industry by storm.
Get your act together
Stage shows at sea are getting more ambitious, with cruise lines delivering high-calibre renditions of West End and Broadway productions, and theatre-themed cruises launching to sate guests’ desire to see elaborate productions. Will Moffitt speaks to Richard Ambrose, Norwegian Cruise Lines’ vice-president of entertainment, and Jane LaFave, business development manager at Sixthman, about treading the boards at sea.
By a thread
On ships that are either quarantined or forced to remain at sea, crews are often stretched and tested to breaking point. In particular, recent experiences have helped to highlight the challenges of maintaining order within what guests often perceive as a self-contained vacation ‘bubble’. Isabel Ellis looks into what the response so far tells us about how the industry should manage more limited outbreaks of disorder and disease.
In deep water
Beginning the year with bulging order sheets, the lockdown has forced shipbuilders to shutter their yards, delaying some new build and refurbishment programmes, and stopping others in their tracks. Francesca Walker-Stevens investigates how they are adapting to this new reality, and how quickly deliveries can be expected to come back on track after the global economy finally reopens.
Fuel for thought
Having pushed forward the start date of the third phase of its Energy Efficiency Design Index standard by three years, IMO has issued a clarion call for ship operators to switch to cleaner fuels. But is the cruise industry prepared for such radical change? Ross Davies speaks to Glenn Burnett, senior technical adviser for global maritime policy at CLIA, and Natasha Brown, of the IMO Secretariat, to find out.