‘Asia is a region of mammoth proportions, dynamic cultural variances, huge source market opportunity and challenging operating constraints so what needs to be done to propel Asia Pacific into becoming the second largest source market in the world, and maybe even challenging for the top spot?’

What’s fueling the demand for luxury cruises? According to executives on the luxury panel at Seatrade Cruise Global, baby boomers continue to seek upscale experiences at sea because they have disposable incomes and time to travel.

Is there potential for more cruise itineraries along the vast Pacific Coast of the Americas, which stretches from Alaska in the north to Chile in the south? The topic was discussed by a panel on “The Rise of the Pacific Coast of the Americas” at Seatrade Cruise Global.

Following a string of very good years, the cruise industry remains buoyant with no downturn in sight, top leaders said Tuesday in Miami.

More people cruised globally in 2018 than forecast, with 28.5m taking seagoing vacations, a nearly 7% increase from 2017, and up from the 28.2m originally projected by Cruise Lines International Association.

As the river cruise industry continues to expand and evolve, the focus is on introducing innovations without building ever-bigger ships, as many mainstream ocean cruise lines have done.

After the all-male 'State of the Industry' panel had their say, women cruise line leaders took the stage at Seatrade Cruise Global in what Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz called 'a historic moment.'

Joseph Boschulte, commissioner designee for the US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, will be encouraging a 'refresh' of USVI's tourism product and urging cruise lines to consider St. Croix a distinct destination with its own special attributes.

Hurtigruten named former Amazon executive John Downey as president for the Americas, based in its Seattle regional headquarters. A seasoned global executive with a consumer products-focused expertise, Downey will be responsible for the company's commercial growth strategy in collaboration with Hurtigruten's senior leadership team.

The rise of women in nontraditional shipboard roles—deck and technical—features as the cover story in Seatrade Cruise Review's latest edition, hot off the press for Seatrade Cruise Global this week in Miami Beach.

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