Contributor: Susan Parker

Susan has been writing about the shipping industry since 1990 and was editor of Lloyd’s Cruise International until 2008. She is a freelance cruise shipping specialist.

How new brand Virgin Voyages is creating a new cruising concept

How new brand Virgin Voyages is creating a new cruising concept
By Susan Parker | Friday, July 20, 2018

Virgin Voyages is on its way. Work has already been started on the first ship and, true to form, the brand is doing things differently, Tom McAlpin tells Susan Parker

Virgin Voyages is on its way and, true to form, the brand is doing things differently, says Tom McAlpin

Preparing for new ships at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Preparing for new ships at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
By Susan Parker | Monday, July 9, 2018

The cruise corporation is enjoying a year of expansion. President and COO Adam Goldstein talks to Susan Parker

President and COO Adam Goldstein talks about the cruise corporation's year of expansion

Seabourn is making seismic shifts in luxury cruising

Seabourn is making seismic shifts in luxury cruising
By Susan Parker | Thursday, June 28, 2018

The demand for authentic experiences fits into the Seabourn ethos perfectly. Susan Parker talks to president Rick Meadows about the brand’s approach

The demand for authentic experiences fits into the Seabourn ethos perfectly

High-touch not high-tech in the cruise industry

High-touch not high-tech in the cruise industry
By Susan Parker | Monday, June 25, 2018

The luxury market has changed from ‘having’ to ‘being’, says Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ CEO Karl J. Pojer. He talks to Susan Parker about the company’s strategy

The luxury market has changed from ‘having’ to ‘being’, says Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ CEO Karl J. Pojer

MSC Cruises: The global brand with a local touch

MSC Cruises: The global brand with a local touch
By Susan Parker | Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pierfrancesco Vago and MSC Cruises have come a long way in a short time. Bringing two prototypes on stream in a year says much about this dynamic company, reports Susan Parker

Pierfrancesco Vago tells ICFR how his cruise company has come a long way in a short time

Cruise order book: One size does not fit all

Cruise order book: One size does not fit all
By Susan Parker | Monday, September 4, 2017

The industry’s order book covers everything from expedition to LNG-powered ships, while the traditional shipyard map is changing as demand outstrips supply. Susan Parker reports

The industry’s order book covers everything from expedition to LNG-powered ships

Passenger experience and Asia top priorities for RCCL, says Goldstein

Passenger experience and Asia top priorities for RCCL, says Goldstein
By Susan Parker | Monday, July 17, 2017

After a flurry of newbuilds, Adam Goldstein views 2017 as a year of consolidation and innovation for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Susan Parker reports

Adam Goldstein views 2017 as a year of innovation for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. 

Cruise Business Roundtable: Operating to protect the environment

Cruise Business Roundtable: Operating to protect the environment
By Susan Parker | Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Susan Parker asks cruise line executives to share their thoughts on current and future green technology, as well as how they are meeting environmental goals and challenges

Cruise line executives share their thoughts on current and future green technology

Carnival courts burgeoning Asian markets

Carnival courts burgeoning Asian markets
By Susan Parker | Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Carnival Corporation & plc is centre stage when it comes to developing Asia’s burgeoning cruise industry. COO Alan Buckelew tells Susan Parker why the corporation is growing its focus on China

Carnival Corporation's Alan Buckelew explains why the corporation is growing its focus on China

Norwegian Cruise Line paves the China way

Norwegian Cruise Line paves the China way
By Susan Parker | Thursday, December 8, 2016

Andy Stuart talks to Susan Parker about the in-depth research Norwegian Cruise Line undertook before putting its feet into Chinese waters

Andy Stuart talks about the in-depth research Norwegian undertook before heading to China

Uniworld sticks to its successful strategy

Uniworld sticks to its successful strategy
By Susan Parker | Thursday, November 17, 2016

While competitors have gone all out ordering new ships, Uniworld has maintained its slow and steady growth strategy. Guy Young tells Susan Parker why consistency is key

Guy Young tells us why Uniworld maintains a consistent, slow and steady growth strategy

Carnival is building on past momentum

Carnival is building on past momentum
By Susan Parker | Monday, May 2, 2016

A year on from joining Carnival Cruise Line, president Christine Duffy shares her thoughts and vision with Susan Parker

A year on from joining Carnival Cruise Line, president Christine Duffy shares her thoughts and vision 

Working out the connectivity conundrum

Working out the connectivity conundrum
By Susan Parker | Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Providing the same level of passenger connectivity at sea as on land is challenging but necessary in today’s world of instant access. Susan Parker asks operators how they are making it happen

We ask operators how they're providing the same level of passenger connectivity at sea as on land

The Virgin touch extends seawards

The Virgin touch extends seawards
By Susan Parker | Wednesday, February 17, 2016

In 2020 Virgin Cruises will begin sailing out of Miami. Susan Parker talks to the line’s president and CEO, Tom McAlpin

In 2020 Virgin Cruises will begin sailing out of Miami. We talk to the line’s president and CEO, Tom McAlpin

Six ships signal success for TUI Cruises

Six ships signal success for TUI Cruises
By Susan Parker | Thursday, February 4, 2016

TUI Cruises has confirmed two more orders from Meyer Werft, taking the fleet to six by 2019. Wybcke Meier, chief executive officer, discusses the brand’s stellar growth with Susan Parker

Wybcke Meier discusses TUI Cruises’ stellar growth with Susan Parker

Norwegian enters a new era

Norwegian enters a new era
By Susan Parker | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Andy Stuart has seen many changes during his 28 years at Norwegian Cruise Line. He shares the view from the driving seat with Susan Parker

Andy Stuart shares the view from the driving seat at Norwegian Cruise Line

Carnival UK celebrates the best of times

Carnival UK celebrates the best of times
By Susan Parker | Friday, January 8, 2016

It is an exciting time for both P&O Cruises and Cunard Line. Susan Parker catches up with Carnival UK chairman David Dingle to find out why

It is an exciting time for both P&O Cruises and Cunard Line, says Carnival UK chairman David Dingle

Safety and security: a 360-degree view

Safety and security: a 360-degree view
By Susan Parker | Friday, December 18, 2015

Creating a safety culture is key to passenger shipping, whether through regulations, technology or good practice in human resources management. Susan Parker hears what’s top of the list for decision makers in various parts of the industry

We explore what’s top of the list when it comes to creating a safety culture for passenger ships

Capacity challenges for river cruising

Capacity challenges for river cruising
By Susan Parker | Monday, December 7, 2015

River ship christenings are becoming commonplace and there are more to come. Susan Parker talks to a handful of operators about how they are managing growth

River ship operators share how they are managing the growth of their fleets

It’s all about the people at Holland America Line

It’s all about the people at Holland America Line
By Susan Parker | Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford wants to attract the best and the brightest, reports Susan Parker

Holland America president Orlando Ashford wants to attract the best and the brightest