Cruise

May 27th, 2021
Cruise

PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and Aimilia Papachristou contribute to the International Encyclopedia of Transportation with a chapter in Cruise Industry. Their chapter details the key features of modern cruise shipping, a maritime activity of continuous growth for more than three decades. Following a definition of modern cruising and a presentation of the levels of its uninterrupted and, seemingly, unstoppable growth and globalisation, it analysis the most vital trends in cruise, including the modern geography of cruise shipping, the...
March 28th, 2021
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The Italian government has announced that cruise ships will no longer be allowed to sail near the historic center of Venice. Large passenger boats must now dock at the city's mainland industrial port at Marghera, in a move made to "protect a historical and cultural heritage not only of Italy but of the whole world". Like any other economic activity, is also associated with externalities raising social, economic, and environmental questions and challenges for cruise port and the surrounding areas. PortEconomics members Thanos...
January 11th, 2021
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PortEconomics member Michael Dooms along with Michael Geerts (Vrije University) latest port study focuses on the Corporate Social Actions (CSAs) that five major cruise companies conduct in order to improve their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Through a content analysis, the authors examine the most recent sustainability reports of the five largest cruise shipping companies, based on their market share. The analysis shows that CSAs in the domains of environment, ethics and social/philanthropy are dominant within the cruise industry....
December 12th, 2020
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The latest study by PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis and Aimilia Papachristou provides an empirical analysis of the challenges that cruise ports in Europe were facing before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 triggered an unprecedented global health and economic crisis with severe, and potentially structural, consequences for the cruise world. In this context, knowledge of the key challenges that cruise ports need to address builds capacities for conceptualising, but also better responding, in the post-COVID-19...
November 14th, 2020
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Latest port study reveals the criteria structuring cruise lines decisions of which port to use for home-porting with input from cruise lines, ports and cruise terminal operators, and stakeholders. Cruise ports seek to secure cruise calls, with most of them competing to accommodate the most profitable activities of all: home-porting. Meanwhile, the uninterrupted growth of cruise activities until the COVID-19 days was based on the evolution of renewed business strategies that alter home-porting selection criteria. The latest port study by...
October 19th, 2020
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IAPH published the October issue of its COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis.  The COVID-19 Port Economic Impact Barometer was developed by a dedicated Task Force operating under the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) and gauges the impact of the pandemic on ports from both operational and economic perspectives. In its most recent survey, IAPH has also surveyed ports of the impact of the economic downturn on port infrastructure investments and investments...
September 10th, 2020
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Cruise shipping supply chains have unique characteristics where product and service providers accommodate stringent requirements related to the nature of the cruise product. Since cruise ships are floating resorts that must be resupplied during their short port rotations, they require customized procurement practices. The sustainability of such practices is investigated by PortEconomics members Jean-Paul Rodrigue and Grace Wang, through the lenses of contract dynamics among actors, including sourcing patterns, consumption patterns, pricing,...
July 20th, 2020
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Since the beginning of the ’80s, the cruise market has been experiencing a relentless growth, with two-digit growth rates (Pallis et al., 2018). In recent years, the number of global cruise passengers has almost doubled from 17.8 million in 2009 to about 30 million in 2019 (CLIA, 2020). These market trends have been accompanied by an increasing interest from both the civil society and heterogeneous groups of stakeholders towards the assessment of the various impacts generated by this business in terms of positive and negative externalities...
June 9th, 2020
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IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer for Week 23 reports regional transshipments on the rise with cargo call volumes flat-lining or falling. Passenger vessel calls remain off the radar. In its eighth edition the IAPH-WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer report - co-authored by PortEconomics members Theo Notteboom and Thanos Pallis, reports of more high-frequency feeder services to regional ports, whilst many passenger vessel calls remain scrapped. With a record response of 104 ports from around the world, the summary of the latest...
May 25th, 2020
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Based on the announced resuming date of cruise operations, it is evident that cruise companies are skeptical about the short-term future and the ability to operate in the market. With the COVID19 pandemic curve slowing down in several countries and in many parts of the world, the focus has turned on the restart of economic activities in lockdown countries, and then return to the 'new normal'. Tourism is one of the most sensitive economic activities in that respect, and cruise lines try to plan for the next day and the new policies and...
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