Cruise operators are finding imaginative ways to attract new passengers: special cruises for families, cruises for shoppers and even cruises for chocolate lovers.
And now they are making cruising cleaner and cooler, by powering their ships with super-chilled natural gas.
Carnival Corporation, the world’s biggest cruise operator, has commissioned two cruise ships that will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) for holidays in northern Europe and the western Mediterranean from 2019.
“These will be exceptionally efficient ships, and the first ever to be powered by LNG, which shows our commitment to improving air quality," says Tom Strang, senior vice president of maritime affairs for Carnival Corporation.
Carnival Corporation has ordered another five LNG-fuelled ships for delivery over the next six years, while Swiss-based MSC Cruises has said it could add four gas cruisers within a decade.