Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2024

48 CONTENTS 6 24 Keynote 6 Carnival Corporation’s Jan Swartz outlines how the organisation’s recent restructure will empower its nine brands to create more distinct guest experiences Marketwatch 10 A collection of news from cruise lines, ports and destinations worldwide, as well as an overview of the itineraries Celebrity Cruises has planned for Celebrity Ascent’s maiden season Cover story 24 A look at how Hong Kong has been working to reclaim its position as Asia’s premier cruise hub since the pandemic Features 28 A selection of ports and destinations around the world highlight natural phenomena that are popular with visiting cruise guests 32 CFIP gives an overview of the ports that are installing shore power facilities to help build a more sustainable cruise industry Maiden season 40 Guests sailing on Silversea Cruises’ newest ship Silver Nova can participate in various excursions to explore the local culture and cuisine 42 Cunard’s Queen Anne is scheduled to debut in May 2024 with itineraries exploring Western Europe, the Western Mediterranean and the Norwegian Fjords 54 Azamara’s Mike Pawlus explains how the brand is delivering immersive and transformative itineraries 58 Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours’ James Griffiths discusses the challenges of planning global itineraries 60 Kristin Badgett of Windstar Cruises shares why the brand’s boutiquesized vessels help it deliver unique cruise experiences 62 Brad Bennetts of APT and Travelmarvel gives an insight into why the brands’ Mekong River cruises are becoming more popular Report 63 Rescompany’s next-generation itinerary planning system delivers new capabilities in a web-based, cloud-ready package 44 Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Grandeur will spend its maiden season exploring the Mediterranean and the Caribbean 46 Carnival Cruise Line’s third Excelclass ship will begin sailing in the Western Caribbean in December 2023, visiting some of the brand’s most popular destinations 48 Royal Caribbean International’s newest and biggest ship will make its debut in January 2024, departing from PortMiami on both Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages Planner perspectives 50 Jacqui Nobile discusses Marella Voyager’s maiden season 52 Katy Berzins outlines how TUI River Cruises’ new itinerary will enable guests to explore Egypt 4