Cruise & Ferry Review - Autumn/Winter 2023

5 CONTENTS 10 44 Cover story 44 When Icon of the Seas takes to the water in January 2024, it will be the culmination of some of the best partners and minds in the business. Susan Parker reports Keynote 10 Silversea Cruises’ Barbara Muckermann shares how the brands is growing its fleet with innovative ships, upgrading its onboard offerings and expanding its portfolio of destinations for immersive travel experiences Marketwatch 20 A collection of news from ship operators, ports and destinations and other businesses operating in the cruise and ferry sectors, including an update on the beginning of Explora Journeys’ first sailings 65 Christine Duffy outlines what’s new for guests at Carnival Cruise Line as it invests in new designs and amenities 68 Celebrity Cruises’ new president Laura Hodges Bethge shares an insight into her plans and priorities 71 Virgin Voyages’ Tom McAlpin shares what lies ahead for the brand as it welcomes a fourth ship 75 Nigel Blanks talks about how Saga Cruises is raising the bar for boutique luxury cruising 78 Gary Anslow discusses the firsts onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s two new Prima-class ships 81 Niels-Erik Lund reveals why SunStone Maritime Group is continuing to expand with a new series of ships 82 AE Expeditions’ Jos Dewing on how expedition cruising can promote sustainability through experiences 84 Rolf Sandvik shares his vision for new cruise brand Northern Xplorer, including plans for a fully electric fleet Cruise Business 52 Akvile Marozaite explains how the new Expedition Cruise Network will work with travel agents and shipowners 56 Four senior cruise executives discuss the ways in which they are decreasing their environmental footprints