Mary Bond

Mary Bond

Managing director publishing and content at Seatrade

Mary Bond is managing director publishing and content at Seatrade, overseeing the company’s cruise and maritime print and online portfolio as well as playing a leading role in shaping live content at Seatrade’s global cruise events.

The editor of Seatrade Cruise News and Seatrade Cruise Review quarterly, the official magazine at Seatrade cruise events worldwide, since both titles were launched, respectively in 1997 and 2000.

She has worked in the shipping industry for 36 years, first for Lloyd’s Register of Shipping before joining Seatrade’s editorial team in 1985.

She covers global cruise stories, as well as editing and overseeing Seatrade’s extensive team of cruise expert writers and moderates at industry events. She is also on the steering committee of CruiseBritian.

Despite the fact that land-based tourism to the Middle East Gulf region have been growing in the past five years, it is unlikely to become a year-round cruise destination in the coming decade, however there is no reason why the Middle East cruise season should not be extended into the shoulder months of October and May was the concensus at the opening session on Day 2 of the Middle East Cruise Forum, taking place in Dubai Parks and Resorts.

Mumbai, one of five Indian ports identified by the Indian government for cruise infrastructure upgrading, is leading the charge as the country aims to capture more calls and generally grow its engagement with cruising.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has appointed ISS Cruise Solutions as cruise tourism consultant as part of its destination 2019 tourism strategy to attract 1m visitors to the emirate by the end of 2018.

In a keynote address to cruise line executives and regional industry stakeholders at the opening session of Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum 2017, Issam Kazim, ceo, Dubai Corporation of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), confirmed Dubai remains on track to receive 1m cruise passengers by 2020.

CruiseBritain, the membership association which brings together the ports and service sector of the UK cruise industry, will welcome James Stangroom as the new chair, an expanded steering group and new cruise line representative on January 1, 2018.

MSC Magnifica made a first call to Valencia on Thursday. The visit is part of a repositioning cruise that will take the ship to South America for the upcoming winter season.



Princess Cruises has continued its tradition of inviting underprivileged children onboard its Singapor-based ship to mark the beginning of the homeporting season.

Tom Fecke transitioned out of his role as secretary general of CLIA Europe at the end of November, a position he held since the beginning of this year.

The second and last engine room module for AIDAnova – manufactured by Neptun shipyard in Rostock Warnemünde – will begin its journey to the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg on Saturday afternoon to be installed in AIDAnova, the first fully-powered LNG cruise vessel, set to debut in a year from now.

Marella Cruises has appointed Columbia Cruise Services (CCS) the technical management contract for its newest and largest ship Marella Explorer (Mein Schiff 1) and its next ship currently sailing as Mein Schiff 2.

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