New Features information at World Cruise Network New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at World Cruise Network Retrofit special: design below decks Set against a backdrop of economic gloom and legislative deadlines, engine-room efficiency has become a priority. This will forever alter the way ships consume fuel. Ross Davies reports on the growing trend of retrofitting as the industry looks to me… Thu, 06 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT Cruise weddings: all aboard the love boat Weddings are becoming big business for the cruise industry, as operators enter an increasingly saturated market. But with legal constraints in place, some ships are having to take difficult measures before they can get brides and grooms onboard. Abi … Tue, 04 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT Salad days: onboard menus Growth in specific dietary requirements and popular demand for healthy eating options has forced cruise operators to position nutrition and well-being at the forefront of food and beverage operations. Holland America Line’s director of culinary opera… Tue, 04 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT Ship emissions: all things considered Legislation requires ships at sea to reduce their emissions of sulphur dioxide. Research into making current fuels more environmentally friendly is progressing, but lines also need to consider technological capabilities and economic realities, says J… Mon, 03 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT Plug the gap with cold ironing The cruise industry is looking to embrace a greener future, particularly when it comes to lowering emission levels. MSC Cruises’ environmental coordinator Francesco Balbi discusses the latest developments in cold ironing. Sun, 02 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT A fuel sea change for cruise lines Increasingly stringent environmental legislation comes as no surprise. But there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the switch to cleaner fuels. Acting chief executive of the International Bunker Industry Association Trevor Harrison tel… Sun, 02 Sep 2012 23:00:00 GMT Cruise lifted out of the blues A depressed economy and the Costa Concordia tragedy have placed great pressure on Europe’s cruise industry. Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, chairman of the European Cruise Council, explains how his organisation is reacting and how, despite the gloom, the… Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:00:00 GMT Pause for Celebrity Reflection The fifth and final member of Celebrity Cruise’s Solstice class will make its maiden voyage before the year is out. Elly Earls meets Celebrity’s Harri Kulovaara to find out why the latest technology, a close-knit team and decades of experience will m… Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:00:00 GMT IMO takes the lead on sustainability Rio+20 is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. At this event, International Maritime Organization secretary-general Koji Sekimizu announced that in 2013 his organisation would focus on its leadership role in environmental and sus… Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:00:00 GMT Basking on the Riviera Oceania’s Riviera is billed as the most chic ship to launch in the past 50 years. CEO Frank del Rio talks interiors. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT A family construct: MSC Divina Family-owned MSC’s rapid expansion is set to continue with the delivery of newbuild Divina in May, says Richard Sasso. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Smart cookies: effective food and beverage operations Modern-day cruise passengers expect fresh dining experiences, but when does centralised control become micro-management? Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Solar power: here comes the sun Abi Millar asks Royal Caribbean’s Jamie Sweeting how much scope there is for the use of renewable energies at sea. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Fuel for thought: low-sulphur alternatives Recent restrictions on fuel sulphur levels could seriously impact on the bottom lines of cruise operators and refiners. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Strength in adversity: CLIA Christine Duffy’s first year as the new Cruise Lines International Association president has certainly been eventful. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Fuel forecast 2012: the pressure is on High fuel prices and stringent environmental legislation mean a demanding 12 months are in store for cruise operators. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT The boats that rock: music-themed cruises Rock ‘n’ roll and luxury cruises aren’t the most likely bandmates, but music festivals at sea are becoming big business. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Cruise Europe: Growth on reflection Jens Skrede of Cruise Europe discusses the success of Europe’s cruise industry – weathering the good and the bad. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Worst-case scenario: the Costa Concordia disaster With the Costa Concordia’s recovery operation underway, how will operators restore the industry’s battered reputation? Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Taking a calculated gamble on fuel prices Access to fuel is currently no safe bet. Industry leaders discuss successful hedging strategies in tumultuous times. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT