Cruise

May 7th, 2020
Cruise

"Like the tides, we will return". That is the motto of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)  expressing the confidence of its membership that cruise lines will sail again - stronger and better than ever. This goes hand in hand with the acknowledgment by all that there is a need for going further in efforts to protect the health and safety of passengers, crew, and the public; and to support recovery goals for tourism and business sector partners. Facilitating cruise ports, cities, and destinations (as well as their associations)...
April 28th, 2020
Cruise

With COVID-19 turning port lives upside down, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)  has launched a weekly briefing of its membership throughout Europe on the latest developments – inviting PortEconomics members that have contributed to the life of the association to provide thoughts and reactions. In this week’s edition of “ESPO keeps going” Thanos Pallis writes on the return of cruising  - providing six grounds that cruise "will cruise this storm again". It will cruise through the perfect storm, again. Be ready. by...
April 20th, 2020
Cruise

With the exception of the COVID-19 days, cruise has witnessed an uninterrupted growth over each year of the last three decades. In their study, "the changing geography of cruise shipping", Thanos Pallis and George Vaggelas discuss the trends that have been linked with this growth and detail the business strategies that the industry has developed in support of the observed growth and spatial expansion. Understanding the changing geography and the particulars of the seemingly unstoppable, globalization of cruise shipping, is important.  On...
April 18th, 2020
Cruise

Cruise lines have revised their return plans regarding the intended return in operation. In an updated PortGraphic, PortEconomic members Thanos Pallis, Aimilia Papachristou, and George Vaggelas present the expected return date per cruise line, as of April 17, 2020, facilitating cruise ports, destinations, and stakeholders to adjust their respective plans. Whether they illustrate realistic or optimistic perspectives, or even just strategic early-return announcements, following cruise lines statements provide to cruise ports readiness to...
April 9th, 2020
Cruise

New IAPH-WPSP Weekly Port Economic Impact Barometer reports steady overall port cargo volumes last week with some dips, and significantly reduced passenger and cruise vessel calls. Dockworker availability has been impacted but not hampering operations, while the majority of non-essential port personnel are teleworking from home. As a further step to regularly inform ports and port users with its World Ports COVID19 Information Portal, the first weekly results of the World Ports Sustainability Programme’s (WPSP) Port Economic Impact...
April 5th, 2020
Cruise

Cruise lines have responded to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemia with the socially responsible decision to cease operations. But when does cruise intend to return to operation? Monitoring and analyzing cruise lines plans and intentions to days to operation, PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis, Aimilia Papachristou and George Vaggelas provide an informative PortGraphic - facilitating cruise lines, ports and destinations to avoid 'info-demia' and start thinking their future approaches. The data detailed in the PortGraphic are based on...
April 4th, 2020
Cruise

With cruise lines having their return plans announced, our new PortGraphic presents the expected evolution of this return process. The data suggest that 22% of the global cruise global fleet capacity intents return by the 1st of May. A further 55% has expressed the intention to return to operations by the 11th of the same month. A total of 303 cruise vessels  of a 423.765 passengers capacity plans to be back in business on this day, As of today, 98% of the cruise fleet pax capacity will sail the seas at the end of May, with only few...
February 28th, 2020
Cruise

PortEconomics has scientifically coordinated the most successful Cartagena Cruise Dialogue on “Cruise, Ports and Cities” which took place in Cartagena, de Indias, from 19 to 21 February 2020, Focused on “Preparing Ports, Cities, and Destinations for the next day of cruising”, the Cartagena dialogue involved a unique blending of industry and academia interactions. PortEconomics members involved in the study of cruise ports joined 100 participants and had the opportunity to discuss with cruise ports, destinations, and tourism...
November 7th, 2019
Cruise

The organisers of Cruise Dialogue 2020 Conference and PortEconomics members Thanos Pallis, Gordon Wilmsmeier and Giovanni Satta are delighted to announce that scholarly journal Research in Transportation Business Management (RTBM) will publish a themed volume on Cruise Shipping, Ports, and Destinations containing selected papers presented at the Conference. Selected papers presented at #cruisedialogue2020, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia are expected to be selected for inclusion in the themed Volume, with the emphasis being on those...
September 23rd, 2019
Cruise

By Peter de Langen The societal impact of cruise vessels is increasingly under scrutiny, focused on the effects of cruise passengers on cruise cities and environmental effects of cruise ships. The report on emissions by Transport & Environment is a case in point. This report is one more signal of an underlying trend of an increasingly critical stance towards cruise that threatens its ‘license to operate and grow’. So far, at least in my perspective, both the cruise ports and cruise lines have not developed a ‘positive...
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