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here has been plenty of activity

across the cruise and ferry

sectors when it comes to mergers,

acquisitions and sales of

companies and maritime bodies

or parts thereof in recent months. In this

issue, we look at a wide range of such

exchanges and the early outcomes of some.

It makes for interesting reading, from

Crystal Cruises’ acquisition from NYK by

Genting Hong Kong and its subsequent

announcement of ambitious expansion

plans, to the deepening crisis and confusion

at DFDS and Eurotunnel; and from

strategic private investment and government

divestment at Turku and other shipyards

specialising in cruise and ferry construction,

to massive consolidation in the race for

dominance of at-sea services gripping the

maritime communications industry.

In the cruise sector, several newcomers

to the business are looking to get a slice of

the pie (or perhaps to make the pie bigger

with entirely new products). We have

interviews with Tara Russell of Fathom,

Carnival Corporation’s newest venture,

and with Tom McAlpin of the eponymous

Virgin Cruises. We also consider trends

in the ever popular and growing river

cruising segment.

As ferry operators worldwide gather in

Copenhagen in October for a landmark

event, the industry body’s 40th annual

conference, members will no doubt muse

upon the many stages of development

the ferry industry has seen in the last

four decades. The shifting fortunes of

ferry owners and the search for new and

better routes are part of this history.

Justin Merrigan looks at some of the more

intriguing aspects of route planning across

the globe today.

Construction activity continues to pick

up, with the big yards attracting returning

customers for series builds along with new

business for both cruise and ferry newbuilds

– see our cruise and ferry order book reports

for more.

Compliance with changing safety

requirements is of increasing importance

to all passenger shipping operators and our

Marine Operations feature looks at what’s

new in technology and systems to protect

ships and guests. The passenger experience

is once again in focus in our report on

recent installations and service innovations

that ensure smooth and secure operations

at passenger ports. The intricacies of F&B

sourcing come under the spotlight too.

If all that isn’t enough to keep you busy,

we are also proud to present two in-depth

supplements with this issue of

ICFR

– the

annual editions of

Itinerary Planning

and

Cruise & Ferry Interiors

.

C&F

Happy reading!

Michele Witthaus

Editor

New owners, big ideas

FOREWORD

International Cruise & Ferry

Review

is a member of:

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association is a

not-for-profit trade organisation composed of

14 member cruise lines operating more than

100 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin

American waters.

www.f-cca.com

CLIA is the world’s largest cruise association

and is dedicated to the promotion and growth

of the cruise industry. CLIA was formed in 1975

in response to a need for an association to

promote the special benefits of cruising.

www.cruising.org

Interferry is the only shipping association

representing the ferry industry world-

wide. There are currently 220 members

(representing approximately 500 individuals)

from 34 countries.

www.interferry.com

Run by and for the benefit of the cruise line

industry, The Marine Hotel Association is

a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to

enhancing quality through open dialogue

between brands and committed suppliers.

www.mhaweb.org

CONTRIBUTORS

Bill

Becken

Based in Los

Angeles, Bill writes

on the travel industry,

transportation

and energy for the

travel trade. He is

a graduate of Yale

University.

Justin

Merrigan

Justin has worked for

Stena Sealink Line

and in port agency

services at Dublin

Port. His ferry industry

experience includes

10 years in PR for

Incat in Tasmania.

David

Mott

David has been a

print and broadcast

journalist for

consumer and trade

titles for more than

40 years, latterly

specialising in the

cruise and ferry

industries.

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.

Tony

Peisley

Tony has been writing

about passenger

shipping since

1974 for various

publications and is

also the author of

a series of research

reports on the cruise

industry.