Ahoy and happy new year!
2014 is already looking to be a year full of growth, success, and cruising for Cruise Currents. This year will bring many additions to the website, enhancing and enriching your experience with us. While 2013 was a great year of improvement, we here at Cruise Currents are looking to build upon the success of last year and continue into this year as a growing leader in cruise industry information.
To seal our position as an industry leader in reporting cruise industry news, I am excited to announce the hiring of Susan McKee as Cruise Current’s new Associate News Editor. Susan has been writing for the travel industry for roughly 14 years and has worked with some of the nation’s leading news agencies, including USA Today, The Washington Times, and The Chicago Tribune. Susan is an upstanding member of multiple writing societies, most notably the Society of American Travel Writers. Susan will be a great addition and will help continue our mission of reporting timely, accurate, and important cruise industry news.
This year, Cruise Currents will be venturing into new types of cruising. In addition to sailing on traditional cruise lines, our writers will begin to expand their horizons by covering smaller and more luxurious cruise options. By exploring these new options, Cruise Currents will provide readers with a new look into the various types of cruising including traditional sailing, river cruising, and luxury cruising. Our writers will also explore a number of new cruise lines for the website, including Princess, Norwegian, and among other cruise lines. Our expansion into these new types and lines in the cruise industry will allow Cruise Currents to provide a complete overview of the wide variety of cruise vacations.
2014 is going to be a year of reporting cruise industry news that matters. Now, with a dedicated Associate News Editor and myself, Cruise Currents can continue to publish relevant and important cruise industry news. Over this past year, I have come to the realization that it is important to make a distinction between “sensational” cruise news and “real” cruise news. Cruise Currents is going to be a website that provides cruisers with real cruise news. Cruise Currents will not be the website that publishes a sensationalized story to grab a few more views. Cruise Currents will be the website that publishes factual, important, relevant news for the benefit of the industry and cruisers around the world. Cruise Currents is not a gossip magazine and will not become one. Medical evacuations, overboards, and other sensationalized events many times are not news and are used to only draw in views. Cruise Current’s mission is not to obtain the most views, but to report important and relevant news, hence we tend to not report these types of sensationalized stories. In addition to the sensationalized aspect, we understand and respect that these types of stories often involve human tragedy that should be respected and not used in a way to benefit the website. If one of these aforementioned events is truly important to the industry and cruisers alike, we will report it. Our mission is to report important news that affects the entire industry and cruisers around the world. Cruise Currents is not looking to build a base of readers who read sensational news articles, we are looking to build a base of readers who want to read the important news articles. We are looking to become the most reliable, most accurate, most timely industry news website. This is our mission for 2014.
2014 is looking to be a great year for Cruise Currents. Our reader base is growing and with that, we are growing as well. I hope you will join us daily in 2014 as we navigate these open seas and see where the year takes us. I can promise you it’s going to be exciting and you won’t want to miss this ship. Thank you to all our past readers for your readership and support this past year, I can’t wait to have you onboard with the Cruise Currents crew this year. It’s going to be a great year!
Here’s to a happy, safe, healthy, and cruise filled new year!
Editor of Cruise Currents