Future Cruise is back for another issue packed with technology news and industry analysis. In this issue, we explore why cruise ships are being sunk to form artificial reefs around the world, take a trip aboard Viking Cruises’ brand new Jupiter vessel, and find out what cruise operators could do to bring younger generations aboard.

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In this issue

Timeline: a look back at the life of the QE2

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the iconic QE2 cruise liner. Now moored as a floating hotel in Dubai’s Port Rashid, Ross Davies looks back at her colourful history, from playing a pivotal role in the Falklands conflict to surviving 95ft rogue waves.

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Out of this world: Viking Cruises launches Viking Jupiter

Frances Marcellin stepped on board Viking Cruises’ newest ship Viking Jupiter, to find out more about the how the cruise line’s renowned first-class service remains consistent across its fast-expanding fleet, and how each crew member’s ownership of the guest experience helps to facilitate an attentive and personalised level of hospitality.

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Breaking norms: will Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady chart new territory?

Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady will be the first ship of the new fleet to launch in 2020. Describing themselves as a “travel brand” rather than a “cruise line” has led the team to take a fresh approach to designing a cruise experience that breaks away from industry norms. Frances Marcellin spoke to Virgin Voyages senior vice president of hotel operations Frank Weber to find out more about the company’s innovative strategy.

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Ask the office: how should operators bring younger generations aboard?

Millennials and gen-Xers may not seem like the most prominent demographic for cruise holidays – but could the tide be turning? Joe Baker asked the Future Cruise office what young people want from a cruise holiday, and asks how operators can boost their appeal.

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The world’s first rollercoaster at sea: Inside Carnival’s Mardi Gras

Due to set sail next year, Carnival’s newest liner, the Mardi Gras, promises to raise the bar for cruising entertainment – not least in the shape of an onboard rollercoaster, an industry first. Ross Davies takes a look at what passengers can expect from the vessel.

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Unravelling Quark Expeditions’ new sustainable strategy for the polar regions

Adventure cruise operator Quark Expeditions is aiming to reduce its environmental impact in the polar regions through a new sustainable initiative. From reducing carbon emissions to outreach programmes for the Arctic’s indigenous people, Ross Davies analyses the potential impact of the company’s pledges.

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Sickness at sea: responding to onboard outbreaks in the cruise sector

Outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis are rare but traumatic events for the cruise industry, with the potential for itineraries to be shortened and hundreds of passengers to be infected on the same ship. Chris Lo asks: how is the industry dealing with the ever-present challenge presented by stomach bugs such as norovirus?

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From cruise ship to artificial reef

Earlier this year, the 157ft El Dorado was sunk to form an artificial reef for divers and fisherman off the coast of Panama City Beach, Florida, US. It’s one of several cruise ships to start a new life at the bottom of the ocean in this way. With cruise liners forming dive spots around the world, Frances Marcellin finds out more.

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Next issue | August 2019

Does the cruise industry have a drinking problem? In the next issue of Future Cruise, we ask whether operators need to take a stricter line on the sale of onboard alcohol after a mass brawl took place on-board a P&O Britannia vessel in July.

We also highlight current gaps in cruise ship recruitment, with MSC and Carnival revealing they will need to hire crew members in the tens of thousands to meet the demand of expanding fleets. Could looking to emerging markets such as Africa be a solution to staff shortages.

Also next issue, we present a tale of two cities; on the one hand, the UAE’s Dubai has been reaping the benefits of a vibrant cruise industry, with ship dockings up 38% and footfall increasing 51% season-on-season; on the other, the Croatian city of Dubrovnik has been forced to consider limiting its port dockings due to past issues with the cruise industry – could a new partnership with the CLIA help ease the city’s long-held concerns?

Finally, we explore the challenges facing female cruise captains, feast our eyes on MSC’s biggest ever ship – the Grandiosa – set to launch in November, and highlight the pros and cons of the Cayman Islands’ plans to build a massive new cruise berthing facility.