Seatrade, the cruise industry's annual convention, kicks off today -- and Cruise Critic is reporting live from the scene! Cruise Critic's Editor in Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown and Assistant Editor Dan Askin are prowling the aisles of the trade show and attending panel discussions at the weeklong event. Held every year in Miami, Seatrade is the place for announcements by just about any company in the world that has anything to do with cruising, including the cruise lines themselves. Bookmark this page and visit all week for the latest coverage.
By and large, the displays on the tradeshow floor at Seatrade have been pretty much what we expected: destination booths showcasing Martinique or the South of France; technical reps bloviating about their company's latest line of bilge cleaners; Robobar, the world's first two-armed robot bartender ... wait, what?
Why should we have all the fun? There's still time to ask YOUR questions! Posted recently on the boards:
"Will the cruise industry ever reach a saturation point?"
"Have the lines given any thought to allowing smoking only on the open air decks?"
"Are there plans to create better cross-brand benefits for past passengers?"