FoT2021 - Cruises


What will the future of cruising look like? After navigating a challenging year unlike any other, the cruise industry is pushing forward and trying to find its place in a safer, more sustainable way. One thing is for certain: There's still a demand to get out on the high seas. Certain cruise lines already have been focused on more sustainable and responsible cruises for the future. While small cruises and expedition ships not only offer travelers more intimate journeys for pandemic safety but also more remote destinations that steer away from over-touristed ports, in addition to outdoor adventures that make up for lost time grounded at home.

Future of Travel Awards 2021 Winners


  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Hurtigruten

Under the extraordinary leadership of president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises continues to shatter the glass ceiling for women in cruise. Only 2 percent of mariners are women, yet Celebrity has grown the number of women on their bridge teams from 3 percent to 28 percent, culminating in the seminal achievement of having the first-ever all-female bridge and onboard leadership team.

Jamie Sweeting

When it comes to responsible cruising, Hurtigruten is seeking to redefine good practice for the industry with initiatives ranging from pioneering the world's first hybrid-powered cruise ship to working to support local communities to protect sensitive marine ecosystems.

Jamie Sweeting
President, Planeterra

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  • Princess Cruises — Positions cruises as options for remote work and long-term living with tech-enabled ships and MedallionNet "landlike" connectivity
  • Celebrity Cruises — Pushes for women in leadership, including Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, first women CEO and president of a major cruise line
  • Lindblad Expeditions — Pioneering responsible travel, conservation and environmental stewardship
  • Hurtigruten — Redefines what sustainable cruising can be with the world's first hybrid-powered cruise ship
  • MSC Cruises — First global cruise line with carbon-neutral marine operations, within-cabin voice-activated artificial intelligence and updated ships to save energy, preserve water and release cleaner emissions
  • UnCruise Expeditions — Focuses on sustainability and responsible practices to lessen environmental impact
  • Ponant — Launching Le Commandant Charcot, the first luxury electric hybrid ship, powered by Liquified Natural Gas
  • Delfin Amazon Cruises — Focused on the sustainability of the remote environments and unique cultures within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in the Amazon jungle
  • Ecoventura — First company in Galapagos to offset carbon emissions from its expedition yachts