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MSC claims that its newest vessel, the Seaside, “rewrites the rule book of cruise ship design, blending indoor and outdoor areas to connect you with the sea like never before.” With features including a seafront promenade circling the ship and a multi-storey aqua park, we find out what exactly that means for the passenger experience.

We also explore the business concept of Virgin’s new cruise venture, Virgin Voyages, which sets out to shake up the sector with an adult-only, superyacht inspired format.

Carnival Corporation is building seven LNG powered ships for its Carnival, Costa and Aida brands, including the world’s first fully LNG powered cruise whip. The company has also contracted Shell to supply the fuel through its LNG Bunker Barge project. We take a look at vessel designs and find out how the LNG supply chain will work across the brands’ different itineraries.

Also in this issue, we take a look at American Cruise Lines’ new riverboat class, explore what Brisbane’s plans for a new mega cruise ship terminal will mean for business in the region, and find out about the challenges of sourcing food locally and responsibly.

Plus, we hear from Dynama about the implications of upcoming European data protection legislation on the cruise industry.

In this issue

MSC Seaside cruises into the American market

On 29 November 2017, MSC Seaside sailed for the first time from Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, to Trieste. Frances Marcellin was on board, ahead of its 22-night maiden voyage to Miami, to find out more about Seaside’s unique design, the tech and how it fits into the company’s vision for expansion.

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Adult by design: Virgin launches into the cruise sector with new Voyages brand

Virgin Group’s cruise business, Virgin Voyages, sets out to shake up the cruise sector with an adults-only, superyacht inspired format. With the first liner now in construction, Callum Tyndall takes a look at the vessel’s design, and asks whether the brand will succeed in carving out a new niche in a highly competitive sector.

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Rolling on the river: A new class for American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines is expecting to launch the first vessel in a new class of five riverboats in 2018. The new class will be the first to combine the modern styling of European riverboats with the premium comfort for which the company is known. Joe Baker investigates the riverboat resurgence.

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Carnival’s LNG fleet: ushering in a new generation of cruise ships

Carnival Corporation is preparing to launch the first cruise ship completely powered by liquefied natural gas. Eva Grey investigates how the AIDAnova will set the tone for an entire fleet of seven vessels to set sail under the “green cruising” concept over the next five years.

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Market fresh: the challenge of local and responsibly sourcing on-board cruise ships

Recent years have seen a surge in consumer awareness of where and how food is sourced, with the trend now impacting the cruise industry. Elliot Gardner looks into the challenges of local and ethical food sourcing on a cruise scale.

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Brisbane boosts its cruise appeal with a new mega ship terminal

The Port of Brisbane is building south-east Queensland’s first dedicated mega cruise ship terminal, which will be able to cater to cruise vessels of all sizes. The facility is hoped to transform the city into a major cruise destination, starting from 2019. Callum Tyndall takes a look at the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal project and asks how it will shake up competition in the region.

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Preparing for data protection: GDPR readiness in the cruise industry

Taking control of your data is critical, says Lee Clarke regional director for the Northern Hemisphere at Dynama. Here, he assesses the implications of stricter data protection legislation on the cruise industry and offers a survival guide for today’s fastest growing leisure sector.

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Next issue preview

June will see the launch of Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship by gross tonnage. Our reporter gets on board the maiden voyage to take a look inside this new giant before it heads to Miami to begin its Caribbean itinerary.

Disney Cruise Lines’ market capacity is set to grow dramatically by 2024, with three new LNG-powered ships set to join the fleet. We look into the operator’s strategy and explore the growth opportunities ahead.

Vancouver is gearing up for a cruise boom with Cunard, Viking Ocean and Azamara planning to offer Alaskan itineraries from the bustling west coast seaport in 2019, and consultations on a new terminal underway. We take a look at the future market potential of Vancouver, which is ideally located as a gateway to Alaska, and ask what else the region has to offer to cruise customers.

Also in the next issue, we check in on the race for the fastest Wi-Fi at sea, explore the technological options for operators preparing to meet the upcoming IMO sulphur emission cap in 2020, and take a look at the new ISO standard for “man overboard” systems which provides clear international technology guidelines for the first time.