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Luxury cruises welcome families: Crystal, Explora and Hapag-Lloyd’s new family-friendly approach

Luxury cruise operators have long been reluctant to cater to children, but that picture is quickly changing. Andrea Valentino talks to Keith Cox at Crystal Cruises, Koray Savas of Explora Journeys and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Julian Pfitzner to explore what kinds of activities they offer younger passengers, how those dovetails with more educational experiences, and why it’s still important to ensure that adults get some me-time.

Net-zero cruising by 2050: Progress and challenges for leading operators

The cruise industry has set itself an ambitious target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, but can it realistically achieve this in an era of increasingly massive vessels, and still little consensus about which fuels and technologies can make the biggest difference? Jim Banks investigates.

Post-pandemic wellness travel: How cruises are meeting the demand for personalised experiences

In the wake of the pandemic, and millennials driving more cruise bookings, there has been a renewed focus on wellness at sea. Elly Earls speaks to Julanda Marais, senior lead of spa and wellness at luxury cruise line Explora Journeys, and James Cole, founder and managing director of Panache Cruises, to find out where we are seeing the most innovation in this space and whether wellness and health can be properly integrated into the cruise experience without undermining its traditional strengths and values.

Green hydrogen in cruising: Insights from Ponant and Carnival on clean fuel innovations

As some cruise lines begin to invest in hydrogen as part of the industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and, ultimately, achieve net zero, there remains no consensus about its viability for the industry. Undeniably greener than many alternative fuels, it comes with its own challenges. Jim Banks investigates.

Queen Anne’s maiden voyage: Blending Cunard’s luxury heritage with Fincatieri’s cutting-edge design

Cunard’s Queen Anne recently embarked on its maiden voyage, drawing on inspiration from the brand’s 184-year history to define a new direction for its future. Elly Earls explores what differentiates this ship from its sister vessels in the fleet from a build, design and technology perspective – and to what extent it marks a new standard in ocean liner vessels.

International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopts revised strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping

Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting at the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 80), have adopted the 2023 IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships, with enhanced targets to tackle harmful emissions.

That’s the spirit

Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) post-pandemic comeback is arguably now complete with the Norwegian Spirit back in service following a major refurbishment. Martin Morris speaks to NCL’s Gary Anslow, senior director of sales, UK&I, to fi nd out what this means for the cruise line.

Coming to America

With 300 years in the business of sailing, MSC Cruises’ passion for the sea is unlike no other. As the third-largest cruise brand in the world, the line has set its sights on the US to expand its presence. Phoebe Galbraith speaks to Rubén Rodríguez, president of MSC Cruises USA, to find out more.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Charts aPath towards Net Zero Greenhouse GasEmissions with New Short- and Near-TermTargets

Targets GHG Intensity Reduction of 10% by 2026 and 25% by 2030 compared to 2019
Revamps Climate Action Strategy with Focus on Efficiency, Innovation and Collaboration

Opulence on the ocean

The ultra-luxury market is on the rise as the cruise industry sees a triumphant return to the seas for eager travellers. While established cruising companies are constantly looking for ways to up their game, luxury-hotel groups are also taking increasing interest in the cruise business. Brooke Theis speaks to Christopher Prelog, president of Windstar Cruises, and Luigi Matarazzo, general manager of the Merchant Ships Division at Fincantieri, to hear more.