Cool water cruising is attracting a record number of European vacationers this year, with double-digit growth forecast for the number of passengers booking cruises to the Arctic regions, the Norwegian fjords, and the British Isles in 2012, according to new data compiled for Cruise Lines International Association and the European Cruise Council.
The global cruise industry has announced a new emergency drill policy requiring mandatory muster for embarking passengers prior to departure from port. The new policy follows the industry’s announcement on January 27th of a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review in response to the Concordia incident and as part of the industry’s continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures.
The European Cruise Council has announced its next chairman, following the decision by Carnival UK chief executive officer David Dingle to step down from the role. From April 1st, the body – which represents the interests of the world’s leading cruise lines within Europe – will be headed by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, chair of Silversea Cruises.
The number of Europeans taking cruise holidays reached an all time high in 2008 with the UK continuing to top the list of cruise passengers numbers. According to new figures from the European Cruise Council (ECC) at the Seatrade convention in Miami, numbers rose 10% increase to a record 4.4 million.