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World Cruise Industry Review

The sinking of the Concordia dominates discussion within the industry and promises to do so for some time to come. In this issue, Cruise Lines International Association president Christine Duffy outlines what its legacy might be and the measures operators must take to demonstrate that lessons have been learned from the event, with a view to restoring consumer confidence.

This aside, there are certainly exciting developments taking place across the industry. Frank del Rio outlines Oceania's design plans for newbuild Riviera, a vessel billed as the most chic ship of the past 50 years; Richard Sasso of MSC talks cutting-edge construction with a family feel; and Viking River Cruises CEO Torstein Hagen discusses the operator's unprecedented expansion programme and its plans to move into the ocean cruising sector.

The current focus on retrofitting and improved performance also continues apace. Royal Caribbean's Jamie Sweeting highlights the growing trend of ships being fitted with solar panels and renewable energy's potential use at sea.

Finally, in our special bunker fuels supplement, we hear from Nigel Draffin of the International Bunker Industry Association, investigate the impending drive for lower sulphur fuel and reveal the hedging strategies of major operators.

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