Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cruise News Daily Headlines for November 25, 2014

* NCLH Acquires Ocean Princess
It didn’t take NCL Holdings too long to make a capital investment in one of their recently-acquired brands. The company was revealed as the buyer of Ocean Princess which will become part of the Oceania brand in April 2016.

* Something for Everyone
Since Holland America is designing Koningsdam from the ground (water) up, it’s allowing them to put in any features they want, and the line says in designing the ship they’ve listened to their customers.
   As a result they have two big new features not currently on any other Holland America ships. Koningsdam will feature the line’s first-ever purpose-built staterooms for families and single staterooms.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Cruise News Daily Headlines for November 24, 2014

* Passenger Overboard from Sun Princess
An 84-year-old man was reported missing from Sun Princess Tuesday morning (local time) as it was sailing between New Zealand and Sydney.
   The ship was thoroughly searched, and he was later seen on CCTV video going overboard Monday evening at 8:40pm.

* Other Things You’ll Want to Know
CND subscribers also read about a change of mind in Venice ... and RCI doubling down on Tampa.

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Vision of the Seas at Port Tampa Bay

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cruise News Daily Headlines for November 21, 2014

* Going Outside
Another cruise line has gone outside the industry to fill the position of president. Holland America Line today announced Orlando Ashford will join the company as president of the brand, effective December 1.

* Majesty of the Seas Leaving RCI Brand
Royal Caribbean International said today that Majesty of the Seas will be transferred to Royal Caribbean’s Pullmantur brand at the end of April 2016.

* Other Things You’ll Want to Know
CND subscribers also read about RCCL forming a joint venture in China ... Princess founder Stan McDonald dies ... a change of plans for Costa ... Fincantieri officially signing on ... and something to leave home without if you are sailing from Venice.

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Holland America Line Names Orlando Ashford as President

Orlando Ashford
Seattle, Wash., Nov. 21, 2014 — Holland America Line announced today that effective Dec. 1 Orlando Ashford will join the company as president to lead the award-winning cruise line's brand and business, including its fleet of 15 premium vessels carrying approximately 850,000 guests annually to all seven continents. Ashford joins the company from Mercer, the global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments, where he was president of the Talent Business Segment.

“We are fortunate to have Orlando join our team, bringing with him a career's worth of global experience leading high-performance teams that helped innovate some of the most respected and well-known companies in the world,” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer, Holland America Group. “I am confident that Orlando’s leadership will enable Holland America Line to build on its uncompromising Signature of Excellence commitment to deliver a superior guest experience that will continue generating rave reviews from our guests, travel professionals and the industry alike.”

“Holland America Line is a remarkable and highly respected company that delivers exceptional experiences and indelible memories of joy and adventure to their guests,” said Ashford, newly appointed president of Holland America Line. “It’s a noble mission, and I am eager to get to work with this talented group of service-minded employees to unleash new ideas while building on the success of this thriving global business.”

Ashford will oversee Holland America Line’s sales and marketing, revenue management, deployment and itinerary planning, public relations, hotel operations and strategy. He will report to Holland America Group CEO Kruse and will be part of the Group’s executive leadership team alongside brand leaders Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises; Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn and president of Cunard North America; and Ann Sherry AO, chief executive officer, Carnival Australia. Ashford will relocate to the Holland America Line headquarters office in Seattle.

Prior to his role at Mercer, Ashford served as senior vice president, chief human resources and communications officer of Mercer's parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies. He also has held several other leadership roles during the course of his career, including group director of human resources for 90 countries in Eurasia and Africa for the Coca-Cola Company and vice president Corporate Center human resources and cultural transformation. Previously he was vice president of global human resources strategy and organizational development for Motorola, Inc. where he helped modernize the human resources function for the global tech leader.

Ashford’s recently published book, Talentism, addresses the global disconnect between available jobs – more than one-third of employers worldwide cannot fill all available jobs – and the estimated 202 million eligible workers who are unemployed worldwide. Ashford examines how technology and human networks can help bridge the skills gap, improve business performance, and lead to the betterment of society at large.

Ashford is on the Board of Directors for a global manufacturing company ITT Corporation. He is among the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) 2013 and 2014 “Directorship 100,” and has been honored as a Purdue University School of Technology Distinguished Alumnus. An active community supporter, he is on the Board of Directors for the Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders, and for Streetwise Partners, an organization that brings together low-income individuals and volunteer business professionals to develop workplace skills and employment networks. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Industrial Technology from Purdue University.

Source: Holland America Line

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cruise News Daily Headlines for November 20, 2014

* Carnival Corp Again Shuffling Top Brand Execs
Cunard Line said today that well-known industry executive Rick Meadows will become president of Cunard Line-North America, reporting to David Noyes, CEO of Cunard Line.
   Meadows will be responsible for the brand’s North American operations, effective December 1.

* Marketing - But Not to You
Starting next Monday, the World’s Leading Cruise Lines, a/k/a the nine brands of Carnival Corp, are going to begin a major marketing initiative across multiple platforms, but it’s not aimed at you, because you are already a cruiser. They are specifically targeting people who have never cruised.

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