Author: Michele Witthaus

As the former editor of International Cruise & Ferry Review, Michele is now one of our key contributors. She tracks developments and trends in the cruise and ferry sectors, and particularly enjoys interviewing leading industry figures for ICFR.



UK cruise industry needs government support and recognition, says Dingle

UK cruise industry needs government support and recognition, says Dingle
By Michele Witthaus | Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cruise growth, innovation and the impact of Brexit discussed at London CLIA event

A dual strategy for sustained and successful growth

A dual strategy for sustained and successful growth
By Michele Witthaus | Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises serves two distinct market segments with its small fleet. The line’s CEO Karl J. Pojer tells Michele Witthaus how he is strengthening the brand on both fronts

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Karl J. Pojer tells us how he is strengthening the brand

ABB is targeting the emerging polar market

ABB is targeting the emerging polar market
By Michele Witthaus | Friday, December 2, 2016

Marcus Högblom and Jukka Varis outline how ABB Marine’s technology will power the first of Crystal Cruises’ new Exclusive Class vessels during a conversation with Michele Witthaus

Marcus Högblom and Jukka Varis outline how ABB will power two expedition newbuilds

Exploring Northern Norway

Exploring Northern Norway
By Michele Witthaus | Friday, September 16, 2016

Michele Witthaus joins cruise itinerary planners to test available excursions, ports and more

Cruise line itinerary planners test shore excursions, ports and more

Providing a voice for Canada’s ferry operators

Providing a voice for Canada’s ferry operators
By Michele Witthaus | Monday, July 4, 2016

Serge Buy is CEO of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA). He tells ICFR about his organisation’s plans for the future

Serge Buy, CEO of CFOA, tells ICFR about his organisation’s plans for the future

What it takes to lead a modern brand

What it takes to lead a modern brand
By Michele Witthaus | Monday, July 4, 2016

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president & CEO, Celebrity Cruises, looks back over the highlights of her first year in office and shares her hopes for the future with Michele Witthaus

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo from Celebrity Cruises, looks back over the highlights of her first year in office

A fresh pair of eyes on maritime regulatory challenges

A fresh pair of eyes on maritime regulatory challenges
By Michele Witthaus | Thursday, June 23, 2016

New International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim took up his role in January. He shares his thoughts on the key issues he sees ahead

New IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim shares his thoughts on the key issues he sees ahead

A full schedule and a growing brand

A full schedule and a growing brand
By Michele Witthaus | Friday, June 17, 2016

From tailoring a newbuild to the China market to overseeing multiple partnerships for the brand, Princess Cruises’ president Jan Swartz is being kept very busy of late. She shares her priorities with Michele Witthaus

Princess Cruises’ president Jan Swartz shares her priorities for the next year

Ovation of the Seas in Southampton shakedown

Ovation of the Seas in Southampton shakedown
By Michele Witthaus | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Royal Caribbean's newest Quantum-class vessel introduced to UK market

The age of innovation enters the global ferry sector

The age of innovation enters the global ferry sector
By Michele Witthaus | Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Innovations in design and technology promise to bring new possibilities to ferry design and operation. Michele Witthaus finds out what will be the biggest game changers for the ferry sector in the next few years

We find out what will be the biggest game changers for the ferry sector in the next few years

Keynote: Sustaining the upward trend at Carnival Corporation

Keynote: Sustaining the upward trend at Carnival Corporation
By Michele Witthaus | Friday, March 25, 2016

A couple of years into one of the most demanding jobs in the cruise business, Arnold Donald can list a string of successes but still has big goals in his sights. He talks to Michele Witthaus

Arnold Donald can list a string of successes but still has big goals in his sights. He talks to ICFR

Seatrade Cruise Global: Cruise lines share their plans

Seatrade Cruise Global: Cruise lines share their plans
By Michele Witthaus | Monday, March 21, 2016

Trends range from new ships, to itinerary launches and celebrity chefs

Cruise industry gathers in Fort Lauderdale for biggest annual event

Cruise industry gathers in Fort Lauderdale for biggest annual event
By Michele Witthaus | Thursday, March 17, 2016

New name, new location for Seatrade Cruise Global in Florida

London launch for new Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines itineraries

London launch for new Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines itineraries
By Michele Witthaus | Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Highlights include new scenic and fjord cruises, more UK departures

Carnival fathoms consumer hunger for social impact

Carnival fathoms consumer hunger for social impact
By Michele Witthaus | Monday, February 15, 2016

Not only is Fathom a new brand, but it also lays claim to an entirely new travel category. Michele Witthaus learns more from Tara Russell, president of the world’s first social impact cruise line

Tara Russell tells us more about the world’s first social impact cruise line, Fathom

Customer-driven growth for Danish Ferries

Customer-driven growth for Danish Ferries
By Michele Witthaus | Tuesday, February 9, 2016

John Steen-Mikkelsen, CEO of Danish Ferries, talks to Michele Witthaus about the company’s improved results and its role as host for this year’s Interferry conference

John Steen-Mikkelsen talks about Danish Ferries' improved results and role as host for the Interferry conference

Going for a hat trick

Going for a hat trick
By Michele Witthaus | Monday, February 8, 2016

In July, Crystal Cruises marked its first quarter century by announcing expansion into new markets including river cruising, yacht vacations and air travel. President and CEO Edie Rodriguez talks to Michele Witthaus

Edie Rodriguez discusses Crystal Cruises 25th anniversary and expansion into new markets

A Royal homecoming

A Royal homecoming
By Michele Witthaus | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Michael Bayley’s appointment as president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International follows years of loyal service within the global parent company. He talks to Michele Witthaus

Michael Bayley’s talks about his appointment as president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International

Float-out in the snow for Mein Schiff 5 in Finland

Float-out in the snow for Mein Schiff 5 in Finland
By Michele Witthaus | Monday, January 18, 2016

TUI Cruises’ latest vessel is launched at the Meyer Turku shipyard

Ambitious operations for Crystal

Ambitious operations for Crystal
By Michele Witthaus | Monday, January 18, 2016

Crystal Cruises’ chief operating officer Thomas Mazloum talks Michele Witthaus through the challenges posed by the company’s big expansion plans

Thomas Mazloum talks us through the challenges posed by the company’s expansion plans