From Cruise Shipping Miami to Amsterdam to Oman

We’re headed back to Miami and the Cruise Shipping Miami conference next week. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

It’s the biggest event in the cruise industry, and we’re headed there next week. On Tuesday, Cruise Shipping Miami kicks off at the Miami Beach Convention Center in South Beach – and we’ll have full coverage of the events of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday here on From the Deck Chair.
It’s a massive gathering of cruise line executives, shipyard representatives, suppliers, media, public relations folks, and representatives from nearly every cruise destination and port of call on the planet. Want to shake hands with a CEO? You can do that. Want to meet the guys that manufacture the ceiling panels or design the carpeting for your favorite cruise ship? Well, you can do that, too!

The Fincantieri booth is quite possibly my favorite one at Cruise Shipping Miami. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The Fincantieri booth is quite possibly my favorite one at Cruise Shipping Miami. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Historically, Cruise Shipping Miami is where the industry makes its big announcements, and no doubt this year will be no different in that respect. But this is one of the most exciting years to be attending the conference; my last foray out there was in 2012 when the industry was still reeling from the Costa Concordia disaster only two months prior. This year is markedly different; in fact, you could say this is the Year of the Power Struggle.
Major shakeups have been happening at the executive level of numerous cruise lines in recent months. The capable and talented Lisa Lutoff-Perlo moved from Royal Caribbean to head up Celebrity Cruises. Former CLIA head Christine Duffy made a surprise shift into the top spot at Carnival Cruise Line. And in what is perhaps the biggest power move of the year so far, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Kevin Sheehan found himself unexpectedly “Veitched”, replaced instead by larger-than-life figure and Oceania Cruises founder, Frank del Rio. This happened just after Norwegian Cruise Line purchased Prestige Cruise Holdings – which owns Oceania and Regent Seven Seas – for a cool $3 Billion dollars U.S.

South Beach and Ocean Drive. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

South Beach and Ocean Drive. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

What’s impressive about the latter is that usually executives are lynched when the company is failing; they jump off the corporate plane, pull the golden parachute, and drift confidently down to safety. Not Sheehan; he was the only guy in the past few decades that didn’t have an overwhelming desire to run Norwegian into the ground. The company had never been more successful than under his leadership – and the former cab driver from New York still got the chop.
Aside from the latest industry gossip, Cruise Shipping Miami is a fabulous look at absolutely everything that has to do with the cruise industry. Since it’s not open to the general public, we thought we’d share the latest photos and n

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