Itinerary Planning

Special Report 2018

International Cruise and Ferry Review Spring 2016

Executive Editor: Jon Ingleton
Editor: Rebecca Gibson

Published alongside the Autumn/Winter 2018 issue of International Cruise & Ferry Review, this year’s Itinerary Planning Special Report brings together insight from the biggest names across the industry.

The report opens with an insightful cover story with Carnival Corporation’s Giora Israel, where he uncovers the mystery behind creating the perfect cruise itineraries. Meanwhile, our roundtable asks four cruise executives about their favourite destinations and itineraries.

Crystal Cruises’ Anita Hodson also explains why diversity is important in itineraries, Holland America’s Simon Douwes discusses how to balance port visits and sea days, and Costa Cruises’ Federico Bartoli shares the criteria ports must fulfil.

Elsewhere, we report on the key industry challenges and opportunities that were discussed at events hosted by Norway's ports, MedCruise and Cruise Europe. Plus, we have a feature where tourist boards and tour operators outline how their destinations deliver memorable cruise guest experiences, and another showcasing some of the best port service initiatives.

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Magazine highlights

A GOLDEN AGE

Predictions suggest ports in the east Mediterranean and Black Sea will soon bounce back. Jon Ingleton reports on the topics discussed at the 2018 MedCruise General Assembly

A RECORD OF SPECTACULAR GROWTH

René Trépanier discusses why Canada New England is North America’s fastest growing cruise destination

DESTINATIONS OF DISTINCTION

We asked 10 tourist boards and tour operators how their destinations deliver memorable vacation experiences for cruise passengers

GATEWAY TO THE GLACIERS

Frequently included in Norwegian Fjords itineraries, OldenLoen supplies an impressive spectrum of offerings to cruise visitors. Rebecca Gibson hears from Sølve Oldeide, operating manager at Port of OldenLoen

IF THE PORT FITS

Carnival Corporation’s Giora Israel removes some of the mystery from what it takes to build a perfect cruise itinerary, in conversation with Rebecca Lambert

INVESTING IN SUCCESS

Many ports and port service companies are investing heavily in local improvement in order to sustain a five-star service for visiting cruise ships and their passengers. We take a look at some of the best initiatives

PICTURE PERFECT CRUISING

Itinerary planning experts discuss what it takes to put together cruises that wow guests and tick all the boxes when it comes to cost and efficiency

THE FOUR PILLARS OF PLANNING SUCCESS

Ports of call must fulfil certain criteria before they’re even considered for inclusion in an itinerary, as Costa Cruises’ Federico Bartoli explains