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---------- WEEK 24 ----------

Theme parks veteran Anthony Esparza is joining Carnival Cruise Line as chief of guest experiences, vice president, a new role.
Esparza is an expert at building value into the guest experience, developing memorable experiences and building unforgettable brands. He has served as chief creative officer at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment; SVP guest experiences, design & development for Herschend Family Entertainment, which has entertainment, tourism and hospitality properties at 26 locations; and SVP design & entertainment for Paramount Parks I Viacom. Earlier he was VP creative development for Landmark Entertainment. At SeaWorld, Esparza was brought in as part of a turn-around team and established a new creatively-driven culture across SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Sesame Place parks. During his time at Hershend, the company acquired the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters and completed Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa in its $300m master plan expansion partnership with Dolly Parton. At Paramount Esparza's focus was integrating the company’s media and motion picture brands from Paramount Pictures, CBS Television, Nickelodeon, MTV and Simon and Schuster into its parks and location-based entertainment venues throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. In addition, he expanded the company’s global entertainment group into cruise line entertainment. Esparza's hiring at Carnival was presaged last month by President Christine Duffy, who said the company had recruited a new executive in guest experience innovation reporting to Ben Clement, SVP newbuilds, Esparza told inparkmagazine he's thrilled to join a world-class group supercharged to create fun for families and friends around the world.'
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Carnival announces Senior Officers for Mardi Gras
Carnival Cruise Line announced the appointment of the senior officers the Mardi Gras, currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and set to debut in summer 2020. “Mardi Gras’ crew will be led by some of the most talented and experienced mariners in cruising who will oversee the final stages of construction and usher in this exciting chapter of Carnival Cruise Line’s history.” 
Captain Giuseppe Giusa: A 31-year veteran of the maritime industry, Captain Giusa joined Carnival in 1993 after serving as a sergeant in the Italian Navy. After working his way through the ranks at Carnival and serving on the start-up teams of seven of the company's ships, Giusa was named captain of Carnival Ecstasy in 2004, making him the youngest officer ever appointed to this position. Most recently, he served as captain on Carnival Breeze.
Chief Engineer Ferdinando Ruocco: A graduate of the Nino Bixio Nautical School in Piano di Sorrento, Italy, Ruocco joined Carnival in 1997 following a career in the tanker industry. He was named chief engineer of Carnival Triumph in 2010, and over the past nine years, has served in this capacity for six vessels, most recently Carnival Valor. He has also served as the fleet’s chief engineer working with Carnival Corporation’s Maritime Quality Assurance team to prepare the company for its two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered vessels.
Hotel Director Pierre B. Camilleri: Now in his 16th year with Carnival, Camilleri joined the company in 2004 as hotel director after managing a variety of hotel and resort properties in his native Malta, as well as Europe and Asia. He has served as hotel director on several Carnival ships and has been part of the inaugural teams for the line’s last three newbuilds, traveling to Italy to oversee the delivery of Carnival Breeze, Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon.
Source: Cruise Industry News

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady, the first ever Virgin Voyages cruise ship, to have Canadian female Captain.
Captain Wendy Williams will become the first Canadian woman to be captain of a ship for a major cruise brand. Captain Wendy Williams from the coastal city of Sept-Îles, Quebec on the Northeastern coast of Canada will become the Master of Scarlet Lady when the ship begins cruising in 2020. Williams will become the first Canadian woman to captain for a major cruise brand and she will bring more than 28 years of experience to the bridge of Virgins first ever cruise ship. Tom McAlpin, president and chief executive officer for Virgin Voyages, said: “Captain Wendy’s extensive maritime background makes her an excellent choice to lead the Scarlet Lady, but it is her spirit and drive to approach life at sea differently that make her the perfect fit to join the Virgin Voyages family.” She has worked on fishing vessels, ferry boats and of course large cruise ships. he will be the perfect fit for a new cruise line which has a huge future of growth. Richard Branson’s cruise line is still in the early stages of recruitment but has already recruited nearly a dozen other female officers, including Jill Anderson as hotel director, Christin Wenge as safety officer, Lindsay Kerber as environmental officer, among other incredibly talented female engineers as well as second and third officers. Virgin Voyages did launch its Scarlet Squad program last year in the aim to lower the gender gap in leadership roles across the industry. No Doubt Captain Wendy Williams will be heavily involved in all ship operations even during its construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy. Once completed the new class adults-only vessel will be 110,000 gross tons and have a guest capacity of 2,770.
Source: Cruise Hive

---------- WEEK 23 ----------

Silversea Cruises has announced Bill Davis has joined Silversea in the role of Vice President Expedition Operations and Development, commencing June 1, 2019.
Based in Miami, Davis will oversee the Silversea’s expanding expedition destination operations, assist with the development of new programs, and manage the cruise line’s Expedition Field Staff. He will also oversee the Silversea Expedition Academy, which recruits and trains expedition talent. In addition to working extensively in the field, in which he has led and participated in more than 200 expeditions on more than 40 vessels since 1993, Davis has gained an MPhil in Polar Studies from the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University. As well as both Polar Regions, Davis has journeyed to the world’s remotest locations in the South Pacific, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, Russian Far East, Newfoundland & Labrador, Alaska, and around the coasts of the UK and Norway, among others. “I am delighted to have joined the team at Silversea Cruises at this exciting time,” commented Davis. “With destination expertise that is unparalleled in the industry, the cruise line’s Expedition Team is enabling guests to really explore the authentic beauty of the world in depth, sharing local knowledge and expertise accrued over many years. I am excited to further enhance Silversea’s offering for guests, with more immersive experiences in spectacular destinations.”
Source: Cruise Industry NewsHRH The Duchess of Cornwall has been revealed as the Godmother of Saga Cruises' new ship, Spirit of Discovery.
Debuting at an official naming ceremony in Dover on July 5, the 999-passenger ship will be the first to dock at the port's Western Docks following a £250m redevelopment. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is set to tour Spirit of Discovery before performing the official duty of smashing a jeroboam of Hush Heath sparkling wine against the ship's hull. Saga has also revealed its first national charity partner is The Silver Line - whose patron is The Duchess of Cornwall - which was set up by Dame Esther Rantzen to offer friendship and support to older people in the UK. The line has also partnered with Jools Holland - who is set to perform at the christening ceremony - on one of its specialty restaurants, The Club by Jools, that is inspired by 1950s cabaret lounges.
Source: Cruise Critic

Crystal Expedition Cruises appointed seasoned explorer David Sinclair as expedition leader for Crystal Endeavor, arriving in August 2020.
Sinclair has spent more than two decades traversing all seven continents with special expertise in the polar regions. Sinclair will be involved in the planning and development of Crystal Endeavor's shore excursions, as well as leading a team of skilled expedition guides and experts. 'The adventures that guests will have with Crystal Endeavor will be simply breathtaking, with many sites and experiences that top travelers’ bucket lists, as well as unexpected thrills that will present themselves along the journeys. David is an expert in identifying and maximizing such opportunities and making unforgettable moments possible for travelers.' Wolber added that Sinclair's focus on sustainability and increasing awareness about the earth’s most remote habitats 'complements Crystal’s own commitment to doing our part.' Sinclair and the Crystal team are conducting comprehensive site inspections in some of the global destinations featured on Crystal Endeavor’s itineraries. This includes meeting with community leaders, port authorities and government officials to create immersive experiences that showcase the heart of each locale while taking special care of the environmental, sustainability and cultural sensitivity protocols.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

---------- WEEK 22 ----------

Donald and Arison to attend Carnival's probation hearing

The top brass at Carnival Corp. — President and CEO Arnold Donald and Chairman Micky Arison — are going to attend the company's June 3 court date in Miami. There, Judge Patricia Seitz will review the deal recently reached with with US federal prosecutors that allows Carnival to avoid the revocation of its probation stemming from a 2016 criminal pollution case involving Princess Cruises. The judge will decide whether to accept the deal or reject it and set a probation revocation hearing. Details of the deal have not been released, and Carnival Corp. has not commented. Since 2017, all Carnival Corp. ships have been on a court-supervised environmental compliance program set to last five years. In April, Seitz threatened to block Carnival vessels from US ports after probation violations were reported.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Christine Duffy presided over the re-christening of Carnival Sunrise

To say Christine Duffy is among the most powerful women in the cruise industry is no overstatement. She presently heads a 26-ship cruise company that annually hosts more than five million guests and employs more than 40,000 people from more than 110 nations. Duffy joined Carnival Cruise Line in 2015 after serving as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and is a former travel agent who spent 10 years at Maritz Travel Company, spending six years as president and CEO. She brings an unrivaled travel industry perspective to her role at Carnival. She said: “ The great thing for me being at CLIA for four years is I had close exposure to every cruise line in the world. I bring perspective. And because I’ve been a travel agent I think I have the orientation of what it means to be selling cruises, to be selling travel and what are the trends with consumers. Then being at CLIA and understanding all of these complexities - technical and regulatory and competitive issues and how do you grow the category? There’s a whole language in the cruise industry that at least I understood.”

Source: Travel Pulse

Mario Salcedo, also known as “Super Mario”, has taken 1,000 cruises over the past 20 years and spends all but two weeks a year at sea.
Earlier this month, he passed the 8,000 Crown & Anchor Society point mark with his favorite cruise line, Royal Caribbean. He is the cruise line’s #1 cruiser. Mario Salcedo always dreamed of traveling the world and owning his own business. Twenty years ago, he quit his job and took his first cruise. He was immediately hooked on cruising and spent the majority of the next three years taking cruises on different cruise lines. Since ship hopping wasn’t the best quality of life and since he was looking for more stability, Salcedo decided to travel only on Royal Caribbean and stay on the same ship for longer periods of time. He books two years ahead of time which allows him to keep the same cabin for months at a time to keep unpacking/packing to a minimum. He always books an inside cabin to save money and Salcedo estimates that he spends $65,000 a year on cruises to the Caribbean and Transatlantic sailings. Royal Caribbean recently celebrated when he recorded his 8,000 cruise point on a cruise on Navigator of the Seas. He earns one point for every night of each cruise and a second point each night for paying the single supplement. Since he has received over 8,000 cruise points, he qualifies for Royal Caribbean’s highest loyalty program (Pinnacle Club) and receives free unlimited internet access. This allows him to work from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day as an investment manager in his “office” on the pool deck. After finishing work each day, he likes to take a dip in the pool and spend time with friends. In port, he enjoys scuba diving in the Caribbean and touring cities in Spain. Salcedo is currently “living” on Navigator of the Seas. The ship is sailing short round trip cruises to the Bahamas from Miami, Florida. Super Mario, who spends 350 days a year at sea, said that cruising never gets old and he has “lost (his) land legs”. He plans on cruising as long as he is healthy and having fun.

Source: Cruise Fever

Cruise ship Captain arrested after deadly Danube River Boat crash

Police in Hungary arrested the captain of the luxury river cruise liner, Viking Sigyn, after the ship collided with a boat full of South Korean tourists that quickly sank, killing at least seven people and leaving 21 still missing. According to The Associated Press, the Viking Sigyn was sailing down the Danube River Wednesday night when it struck a vessel called the Hableany, which means Mermaid, causing it to sink in around seven seconds. The Mermaid was carrying 33 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members when it was struck by the Viking River Cruises ship. Instead of examining the damage and assisting in the rescue of the victims, the Viking Sigyn failed to stop after the accident. As a result, local police arrested the 64-year-old Ukrainian captain of the Viking Sigyn, identified only as Yuriy C, on suspicion of endangering water transport leading to a deadly mass accident. Authorities have described the captain as an experienced sailor and have launched a full investigation into the incident. Search teams on the scene found the wreckage of the Hableany on the riverbed near the Margaret Bridge. The hunt for the missing victims was also expanded to 20 miles downstream, as the heavy flooding has caused water in the river to move around seven miles per hour. One victim’s body was discovered over seven miles downstream just under three hours after the collision due to the flow of the river. The group of South Korean tourists was on a 13-day package tour through eastern Europe and the Balkan states.

Source: Travel Pulse

Crystal announced Lourdes Pineda as Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Reporting directly to Crystal’s president and CEO, Tom Wolber, Pineda is responsible for developing and executing the company’s financial strategy and planning as well as overseeing accounting, treasury, audit, tax and information technology. A seasoned executive, Pineda brings to the role a wealth of industry-specific experience, having held various positions within Carnival Corporation over 14 years including six years as CFO at Seabourn. Most recently, Pineda served as regional CFO and senior vice president for FirstService Residential, a leading residential property management company in North America. “I am excited and honored to be joining the Crystal family,” Pineda said. “I look forward to working with the entire team as we continue to grow and build on our success.” A graduate of Florida International University, Pineda is a Florida Certified Public Accountant who started her career at Coopers & Lybrand LLP.

Source: Cruise Industry News

---------- WEEK 21 ----------

Edie Rodriguez, Americas brand chairman for Ponant's America, will host 'An Exploration in Nature in Costa Rica & the Panama Canal,' a 10-night cruise embarking Jan. 6, 2020.
The voyage — part of Ponant's Quintessential Collection — will be aboard the new Explorers series ship Le Dumont-d’Urville. 'I am particularly excited about sharing this experience with our guests,' Rodriguez said, adding that of the more than 100 countries she's visited, Panama and transiting the Panama Canal (which she's done three times) stand out as unforgettable. Paul Donahue, who has worked with birds and mammals in nature reserves throughout Central America since 1972, is the featured speaker. The expedition highlights Costa Rica’s efforts to preserve its natural treasures. It will explore the luxuriant vegetation and fascinating fauna of three national parks, including Corcovado National Park, described by National Geographic as 'the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity.' Passengers will embark at Puerto Caldera in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, then visit Curù Wildlife Refuge where more than 10,000 species of plants, 300 species of birds and 200 species of butterflies are present and where the less dense undergrowth makes spotting wildlife easier than in the deeper forest. Howler monkeys, spider monkeys, vultures, brown pelicans and scarlet macaws are all native to the area. The itinerary continues with visits to Manuel Antonio National Park then Corcovado National Park, the largest park in Costa Rica with 13 ecosystems; Cebaco Island in Panama and Punta Alegre to discover the Darien National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to meet the Emberá people. Le Dumont-d’Urville will then transit the Panama Canal and visit the San Blas Islands to learn about the culture and craftsmanship of the indigenous Kuna people. A visit to Holandes Cayes follows before disembarkation at Colón. Rates start at $5,870 per passenger based on double occupancy.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Mario Díaz-Balart Accepts AAPA’s 2019 Port Person Award
Following a meeting of the Congressional PORTS Caucus on Capitol Hill last week, U.S. Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), the House Appropriations Committee’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Subcommittee Ranking Member, accepted his 2019 “Port Person of the Year” award from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) for his stalwart advocacy of the port industry. “In his more than 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Díaz-Balart has consistently championed legislation to benefit our nation’s ports,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO.
Source: The Maritime Executive

Sonardyne has acquired maritime software and equipment specialist EIVA A/S.
EIVA will join the Sonardyne group of companies while remaining an independent business and brand. EIVA Chief Executive Officer Jeppe Nielsen, who has been CEO since 2011, will remain in post, while Sonardyne’s Investment and Integration Director Stephen Fasham will take on the role of Chairman. The acquisition of EIVA is the latest step in Sonardyne’s long-term growth strategy, fully supported by the Partridge family, which founded and continues to own the company. “We are committed to a sustainable future for Sonardyne,” said Simon Partridge, Sonardyne’s Strategy Director, “which includes investing in complementary technologies and enterprises that supplement our core expertise in underwater communications, navigation, monitoring and imaging systems.” EIVA has more than 40 years’ experience in the development and delivery of software and hardware solutions to offshore and shallow water engineering and survey organisations and is increasingly supporting customers with their requirements for higher levels of automation and remote and unmanned operations through its NaviSuite software. The company employs more than 75 people with headquarters in Denmark. “EIVA and Sonardyne share many of the same corporate values including long-term commitment and focus towards customers, partners and employees,” noted Sonardyne Managing Director John Ramsden. “We see great potential in the EIVA product lines as well as synergies between the companies leading to new offerings. Sonardyne has the ability and willingness to accelerate the growth of the company. We are happy to see that the entire EIVA management team has chosen to stay on board to work with us into the future.” “EIVA has experienced significant growth and profitability in the last several years,” added Jeppe Nielsen. The terms of the acquisition, which was for EIVA A/S and its parent company EIVA Holdings A/S, were not disclosed.
Source: Cruise Industry News
---------- WEEK 20 ----------

Gretchen Bell has retired from SeaDream Yacht Club after nearly 18 years. She was VP sales, the Americas East.
'Gretchen has been a part of the SeaDream family for many years and will be missed. We are thankful for her many contributions and wish her well in this next stage,' the company said in a statement to Seatrade Cruise News. Bell joined SeaDream at its inception in 2001. Before that, she had served as director of national accounts at Cunard Line and spent 15 years in sales at Royal Caribbean. Her LinkedIn profile lists Bell as a travel industry consultant, from this month. Andreas Brynestad, EVP sales, is continuing the coverage of the Americas region for SeaDream.
Source: Seatrade Cruise News

---------- WEEK 19 ----------

Seasoned expedition captain James Griffiths has been appointed master of Scenic Eclipse, scheduled to enter service in August.

In a career that has spanned nearly 20 years, Griffiths has worked on 12 ships, commanding six of them, and visited more than 105 countries. Griffiths held the newly created position of expedition captain for Windstar Cruises and served as the master of Lindblad’s National Geographic Explorer, following 11 years with Cunard Line. At 25, he was appointed chief officer for Queen Mary 2. Educated in the UK, Griffiths holds multiple degrees and designations from the Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton, Middlesex University, the Nautical Institute in London and Lloyds Maritime Academy in Kent. He looks forward to passengers' reactions to Scenic Eclipse. 'Everyone will take away something different,' he said, 'perhaps a journey to a shipwreck in our submarine, a flight over a glacier with one of our highly trained pilots in a helicopter, maybe watching the sunrise on the bridge with one of our deck officers, or memories of the excellent dining venues.' The captain expressed his delight at attracting some of the best people in cruising to the crew of Scenic Eclipse. 'Scenic is not your average multinational, faceless company. It really does feel like a family, so serving our guests on board a ship like Scenic Eclipse will be a career highlight for many,' he said. The maiden voyage, an 'Iceland & Atlantic Canada' sailing from Reykjavik to Québec, is set for Aug. 15. followed by sailings down the eastern seaboard of North America.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News
Coral Expeditions announced the opening of a UK sales office in London, just days before its new world expedition ship Coral Adventurer arrives in Australia

Amy Sharpe, who has spent the past eight years working in the expedition cruising sector in the UK, has been appointed UK sales manager. Sharpe will work closely with international sales manager Elizabeth Webb, who is responsible for expanding Coral Expeditions' global markets.
Sharpe, who was recently on board the brand-new Coral Adventurer, said: ‘I know that this is a product discerning travellers will love due to its expedition capabilities and on-board comfort.’
The 120-passenger Coral Adventurer, the company’s fourth Australian-flagged vessel which was built in Vietnam and christened in Singapore on April 24, arrives in Darwin for the first time on May 12. She will operate the Kimberley cruise season between Darwin and Broome until October.

Source: Seatrade Cruise

---------- WEEK 18 ----------

Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services appointed Simon O’Sullivan as president for its business in North America, filling a role previously held by Laura Vlad until 2016.

Currently director, Northern Europe O'Sullivan joined Intercruises in 2009 and currently serves as director, Northern Europe, leading the business in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK and Ireland. Over the next few months he will transition into the North American role, in which O'Sullivan will lead all aspects of the business in the US and Canada. He will relocate to Florida later this year to work from Intercruises' Fort Lauderdale office. Experienced and well-respected 'Simon is an experienced and well-respected leader in the cruise industry. He has led the ongoing growth of our business in Northern Europe, developing strong teams that have consistently delivered excellent service. Over the last few years in North America we have built a robust management team and now Simon will lead them in driving our business forward,' Intercruises Managing Director Olga Piqueras said. O'Sullivan will work alongside the existing Intercruises North America management team, including Martin Jackson, VP turnarounds; Alex Anderson, VP transportation & special projects; Edgar Huaitalla, director port operations; Shandra Stoeterau, manager product development, and Cynthia Heerspink, manager shorex operations.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

---------- WEEK 17 ----------

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises appointed Dag Dvergastein, with 35 years of cruise ship experience, as the new captain of its five-star-plus flagship, Europa

Taking over his new command in Dubai later this week at the beginning of a cruise bound for Piraeus, Dvergastein will be alternating with Europa's longstanding captain, Olaf Hartmann.
Dvergastein has vast expertise in the upper-tier cruise sector. He worked for Seabourn since 2010. Before that, he had a long spell with Radisson/Regent Seven Seas Cruises after joining Seven Seas Cruises in the early 1990s, where he was strongly associated with Song of Flower.
His passenger shipping career started in 1984 when he was appointed chief officer for the newly built Sea Goddess I. In 1987, Dvergastein was named captain. In addition to his broad experience as a master in the luxury segment, he also has been in charge of supervising and inaugurating two cruise newbuilds.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Jackie Martin Named Fred. Olsen's New Sales and Marketing Director

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has appointed Jackie Martin as its new Sales and Marketing Director, reporting into Mike Rodwell, Managing Director. Based at its Head Office in Ipswich, Suffolk, Martin will take overall responsibility for Fred. Olsen’s UK Sales, Marketing and Public Relations teams, according to a statement. Reporting into her will be: Geoff Ridgeon, Fred. Olsen's new Head of Sales, who starts employment with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines on May 7; Ben Williams – Head of Marketing; and Rachael Jackson – Public Relations Manager. The role will concentrate on enhancing and further developing the Fred. Olsen brand and its relationships with trade partners, ensuring that marketing and PR activity continues to drive sales to travel agents and directly through Fred. Olsen’s own channels, the company said. Martin's most recent role has been with Bourne Leisure, where she was the Sales & Marketing Director at Butlin’s, a role that required both sales-driving and developing business and brand strategy. Jackie previously held senior positions at NTL (Virgin Media), and CNN (part of Turner Broadcasting). Marin currently lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and has two children at university. She replaces Justin Stanton, who will be leaving Fred. Olsen on April 30 after a 13-year career with the cruise line.

Source: Industry News

---------- WEEK 16 ----------

Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, received 2018 compensation valued at $22.6m, up from $10.5m the year before. His compensation would have totaled $14.9m but for the accounting of the company's long-term incentive plan, which put Del Rio's 2017 performance share units into his 2018 compensation. Del Rio's base salary rose to $1.75m from $1.5m, while stock awards soared to $15.2m from $3.7m the year before. He also received a cash incentive of $5.4m, up from $4.5m, and other compensation of $206,000, including a car allowance, medical plan premium, travel expense allowance and country club membership.

Wendy Beck, former EVP and CFO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has the second highest earning of NCLH's named executives, with total compensation valued at $6.6m, up from $3.2 m in 2017.

Robin Lindsay, EVP vessel operations for NCLH; Andy Stuart, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line; and Jason Montague, president and CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Three executives each received total compensation of $5.3m. That was up from the $3.2m each of the three were entitled to in 2017. In 2018, Lindsay, Stuart and Montague received salaries of $700,000, up from $650,000 the prior year. Each got a $1.75m cash bonus, up from $975,000 in 2017, and stock awards of greater value.

Mark Kempa, EVP and CFO for NCLH, the Beck's successor total compensation was $3m. His salary was $856,000, and his cash bonus was $1.57m.

Source: Seatrade Cruise
---------- WEEK 15 ----------

Hurtigruten taps new Americas president from Amazon Go 
Hurtigruten named former Amazon executive John Downey as president for the Americas, based in its Seattle regional headquarters. A seasoned global executive with a consumer products-focused expertise, Downey will be responsible for the company's commercial growth strategy in collaboration with Hurtigruten's senior leadership team. William Harber previously held the role, since late 2017. Downey’s appointment comes as Hurtigruten introduces its first hybrid powered ship, and introduces other environmental advances such as fueling its vessels with fish waste products, and banning all unnecessary single-use plastic. 'As we continue focused efforts to expand in the Americas and work to revolutionize the global adventure travel industry, recruiting top-tier talent is a crucial element to our success. Hurtigruten welcomes John Downey and his extensive, senior-level experience with innovative products and brands,' Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said.

Source: Cruise Industry News

---------- WEEK 14 ----------

Promotion for Royal Caribbean’s Alessandro Carollo
Alessandro Carollo has been promoted to director port services Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for Royal Caribbean. In his new role, Carollo will be responsible for all port services in EMEA, managing a region with over 200 ports, 2,200 annual calls and 300 turnarounds a year.

Reports to Hernan Zini
Carollo reports to Miami-based Hernan Zini, VP worldwide port services. His promotion and the enhancement of Zini’s team in EMEA will 'allow us to set up the right structure to manage the company and industry projected growth for the region,' the company said. Royal Caribbean’s Northern Europe region port operations and guest services are managed by Lotfi Trabelsi and Matthew Ducharme, both reporting to Carollo. Carollo joined Royal Caribbean in 2014 as manager, Mediterranean port operations, bringing with him experience in international port agency services across the areas of cargo, oil, cruise and navy.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

The new members were inducted at a gala dinner at the CLIA Cruise360 travel agent conference in Fort Lauderdale Thursday night.

CLIA's 2019 Hall of Fame inductees were selected from nominations throughout the CLIA membership and determined by a selection panel that includes representatives from the CLIA Strategic Trade Advisory and Review Board and Trade Relations Committee.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, was inducted into Cruise Lines International Association 2019 Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement. As the head of a multibillion-dollar vacation brand, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is a high-impact leader in the travel industry. She has helmed Celebrity since December 2014, the culmination of a 32-year tenure at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Avoya Travel Joins as travel agency innovator, a CLIA premier travel agency, Avoya is a family-owned company with a longstanding reputation for being among the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years, and one of their largest sellers of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to integrity, professionalism, service and value.

Lucinda Beldon A CLIA elite cruise counselor, this Dream Vacations Stingray Travel agent has demonstrated a commitment to professional development and sharing the value of using a travel agent, particularly when booking a cruise. A brand ambassador for Dream Vacations, she has served on its certified spokesperson team for six years.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

---------- WEEK 13 ----------

Cruise industry mourns veteran executive Helen Panagos
Helen Panagos, who held key roles in areas like passenger services and land programs at Crystal, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Cunard/Seabourn and Celebrity Cruises and whose personality was as sunny as her Greek heritage died Thursday night after a long illness. She was 55. Panagos died peacefully at home in Aventura, Florida, surrounded by family. 'Helen was one of the most wonderful people you could ever to hope to meet,' said close friend Edie Rodriguez, Americas chair, Ponant Cruises. 'While she was an outstanding executive, she was also an amazing mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend to those she loved. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Crystal family - We lost a wonderful colleague and a treasured friend last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her Crystal family, her friends and everyone she touched,' Crystal president and CEO Tom Wolber said. I will miss her smile, her endless energy, her unwavering optimism and her strength,' he continued. 'Helen made an impact on all of us and we were blessed to have had her in our lives. She will be truly missed.' At Crystal for the past three years, Panagos most recently served as VP destination experiences, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Aircruises, where she created highly curated programs for Crystal's discerning guests.

Thirty years in cruising - Panagos was a cruise industry executive for more than 30 years. She grew up in the business. Her uncle, Vasilios Kapetanakos, was one of the founders of Celebrity Cruises. A New York native, she moved to South Florida when Celebrity relocated there more than 25 years ago.

Mentor- Back then, Dino Schibuola had been appointed SVP passenger services in Miami and was working on the consolidation of the company's offices. He went to New York where Panagos, then a junior supervisor in reservations, made such an impression in a short meeting that 'immediately I knew I wanted her to be on my team. I told her: If you come to Miami, you can be director of reservations.' Panagos often credited Schibuola as her mentor. But from his view, As much as I might have mentored her professionally, I learned quite a few things from her by how she dealt with people. Wherever she was, she made a tremendous impact just by her sheer energy, enthusiasm and can-do yet caring attitude. Panagos went on to work as VP shoreside operations at the combined Cunard/Seabourn operation in Miami during a period that included the planning and launch of Queen Mary 2. Her colleague at the time, Rodriguez, said that business trips with Panagos always injected fun into the hard work.

Royal Caribbean tour development - Later, at Royal Caribbean, she directed guest relations and shared services for Celebrity, then worked in global product development for the Global Tour Operations group, where she enhanced and differentiated the tours operated by Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity and Azamara Club Cruises. In this job, she traveled the globe to create distinctive land experiences. She was considered the best in the business for delivering these land experiences She was loved by colleagues, vendors and guests,' Rodriguez said. Panagos is survived by her husband Rico Floyd, son Apostoli, step daughter Julia; her mother, sister and brother, all of New York; and a large extended family.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Genting Hong Kong appoints deputy CEO
Lim Keong Hui has been appointed deputy CEO of Genting Hong Kong. He also continues as an executive director, a role he has held since 2013. Lim, 34, is a son of chairman and executive director Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, and a substantial shareholder.

More than a decade at Genting- Lim has served the company for more than 10 years. He was SVP business development prior to his re-designation as executive director chairman’s office following his appointment as an executive director. He had taken up the additional role of chief information officer in December 2014.

Key roles at other Genting companies - Lim is also the deputy chief executive and executive director of Genting Berhad, Genting Malaysia Berhad and Genting Plantations Berhad, all listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He is a member of the board of trustees of Yayasan Lim Goh Tong, a family foundation set up for charitable purposes. Earlier, Lim had an investment banking career with The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. He holds a master’s degree in international marketing management from Regent’s Business School London and a bachelor of science (honours) degree in computer science from the Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News 

VP Carlos Torres de Navarra has left Carnival
Carlos Torres de Navarra resigned from his job as VP global port and destination development for Carnival Corp. & plc. He spent 13 years at Carnival, also serving as VP commercial port operations at Carnival Cruise Line, following an earlier stint as senior director, port and destination development for Carnival Corp. & plc.

An amazing 13 years - It was an amazing 13 years where I got to work with some of the cruise industry’s brightest and skilled professionals,' Torres de Navarra told Seatrade Cruise News. He was part of teams that drove many projects to successful conclusion, including the recent redevelopment of the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. I thank Carnival for the opportunity to be part of a great organization and allowing me to grow as a professional,' Torres de Navarra added. 'While at Carnival I was fortunate to be under the leadership of Gerry Cahill, Christine Duffy and Arnold Donald where I was tasked with strategic projects and, with their respective support, we succeeded on many different levels.

Next move- Torres de Navarra said he looks forward to sharing his next move in the future. It was not immediately clear if Carnival plans to fill his position.

Chaired FCCA operations committee- Beyond his Carnival job, Torres de Navarra played an industry role, chairing the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's operations committee during 2018, a particularly critical time as Caribbean destinations were recovering from the unprecedented 2017 hurricanes. Before Carnival, Torres de Navarra spent six years with Royal Caribbean.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Glenn Wiltshire named acting director at Port Everglades
The Broward County Commission approved the appointment of Glenn Wiltshire as acting chief executive and port director of Port Everglades following the recent death of Steven Cernak. A 30-year US Coast Guard veteran, Wiltshire has served as deputy port director since 2006. Implemented innovative program-Wiltshire has successfully implemented several innovative programs to support increasing cargo, cruise and petroleum volumes. He worked closely with US Customs and Border Protection and other state and federal agencies to introduce new technology such as facial recognition, mobile and automated passport control. He also negotiated multiple long-term commercial agreements and managed capital improvements to port facilities.

Efforts led to legislative changes - As chair of the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council Security Committee, Wiltshire led a multi-year effort that resulted in legislative changes that eliminated duplicative state security standards and separate state criminal history checks. Prior to joining Port Everglades, Wiltshire was the USCG captain of the port of New York/New Jersey, responsible for all safety, security, environmental protection and commerce operations programs in nation’s third largest port. He also held leadership positions in Washington, DC, where he oversaw marine safety, environmental regulation, strategic transportation planning and defense response efforts.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News

Holland America adds East and West sales directors
Travel industry veterans- Travel industry veterans Cathy Kusuma was appointed for the East, and Anthony Cooper for the West. Both will report to VP sales Eva Jenner. Kusuma and Cooper will help guide the divisional sales teams, including senior managers, business development managers, inside sales representatives and sales support. Cathy comes to us from one of our longest and strongest travel partner relationships, and Anthony’s expertise is well-known to those of us who have worked with him for the past seven years through our office in Sydney,' Jenner said.

Cathy Kusuma- Kusuma began her travel career with Holland America working on board in entertainment and shore excursion roles. Most recently she worked at Cruise Planners, where she was senior director of strategic partnerships and agent engagement. In that role, Kusuma managed the travel agent training programs, online agent university, in-person training events and more. She also was responsible for driving additional revenue streams through sales account management of cruise, tour, tourist board and ancillary/value-add brands. Kusuma is based in South Florida.

Anthony Cooper- Cooper brings more than 20 years of travel industry experience. For the past seven years he has been a part of the Holland America and Seabourn sales force in Australia, receiving multiple awards and acknowledgments for his sales excellence. In his latest role, Cooper managed the national account portfolio for Australia, working closely with many large consortia. He has relocated to HAL's Seattle headquarters.

Source: Seatrade Cruise News
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