Cruise Shipping Miami, the cruise industry's annual mega-convention, kicks off Monday -- and Cruise Critic will be reporting live from the scene. A trio of editors will be prowling the aisles of the trade show looking for the next big thing (microwavable sushi?), attending press conferences (big reveals from Norwegian and Princess) and catching panel discussions on the cruise ship of the future. Held every year in Miami, the four-day event is the place for announcements by every major player in cruise travel.
Every March, a 11.5-acre steel-beam city pops up to house bilge cleaner purveyors, salmon smokers and lonely bagpipers, alongside the famous yards, ports and marine suppliers. There are always surprises. See the photos.
Passengers have every opportunity to meet virtually before their cruise, then share reviews and pics online after. But what about while they're onboard? That has proven so easy.
Get the details.
Gerry Cahill, president and C.E.O. of Carnival Cruise Lines, revealed more about the Triumph fire review process and future safety improvements. His message: Low fares aside, Carnival will not "skimp" on safety. Get the details.
The 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway will launch in January with a new dining and entertainment experience called -- bow as you twirl your hands dramatically -- The Illusionarium. Get the details.
The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess will have a flair bartending show, a tea sommelier and the most expensive spa package at sea, the line revealed Tuesday during a news conference in Miami. Get the details.
CSM begins in earnest Tuesday morning with a CEO panel chat. The topics in 2013: safety and the Carnival Triumph fire, the Far East, coffee addictions and doing anything to promote your brand.
With Miami playing host city for the year's biggest cruise shindig, there's no shortage of opportunities to tour ships. Wander the decks of the 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze, the newest offering from CCL.
For a taste of last year's coverage, check out our slideshow featuring norovirus "tanks," smart cabins and hot rock grilling.