The 2012 Cruise Shipping Miami convention set records with a 6 percent rise in exhibitors and 4 percent more attendees from 120 countries. The 28th annual show attracted almost 11,000 attendees from March 12 to 15 in Miami Beach.
Among the significant news made during CSM 2012 were Carnival Cruise Lines announcing that the 1996-built Carnival Destiny will receive a $155 million refurbishment at Italy’s Fincantieri shipyards, emerging from dry dock in April 2013 with a new name -- Carnival Sunshine. Also, MSC Cruises announced it intends to launch another ship in 2013, bringing its fleet to 13 ships. MSC Preziosa will be the fourth ship in the Fantasia-class, along with MSC Divinia, which launches in May.
Norwegian Cruise lines unveiled new details about Norwegian Breakaway, which will enter service in April 2013. The ship offers 17 dining venues and 12 different bars and lounges, including an outdoor area known as “The Waterfront.”
The 29th annual Cruise Shipping Miami Convention is scheduled for March 11 to 14, 2013, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.