Monday, March 27, 2017

How Adventurous Are You?

Do you like to sky dive into active volcanos? Or jump into alligator-infested waters just to see if they'll eat you? Well, Royal Caribbean isn't necessarily looking for anyone quite that adventurous (but if you really happened to do those things, you'd probably win), but they are looking for what would pass for “very adventurous” in the normal world - so adventurous they also have an Instagram account.

What Royal Caribbean is looking for is the “World's Most Adventurous Squad.” When they find them, they are going to give them a trip anywhere in the world Royal Caribbean sails.

To win that trip for you and your squad, all you have to do is prove it.

The complete story appeared in the March 27 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - March 27, 2017

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Azamaa Quest made its maiden call at Tampa, but the ship has really been there before.
  • When the murder victim in a suitcase turns out not to be the murder victim who is missing from the ship 
  •  It was a threepeat for Carnival Victory
Details appeared in the March 27 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Josh Weinstein to Head Carnival UK

Leadership change for Carnival UK

Josh Weinstein, corporate treasurer of parent company Carnival Corporation & plc, will become president of Carnival UK following the planned departure of current CEO David Noyes in July after six years in the business.

Weinstein will be responsible for overseeing both P&O Cruises and Cunard.

He will report to Stein Kruse, currently CEO of the Holland America Group, who is promoted to group CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK.

Noyes will remain in his role until July 18 to ensure a smooth transition. The Southampton-based Carnival UK executive team will then report to Weinstein, following his move to the UK in April. Carnival UK chairman David Dingle will continue in his role.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University School of Law, Weinstein, 43, joined Carnival Corporation 15 years ago as an attorney in the corporate legal department before assuming the role of corporate treasurer.

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said: "Some time ago, David Noyes advised me that he wished to step down as CEO Carnival UK during 2017 to spend more time with his family.

"David has excelled in his time as CEO of Carnival UK and has planned a smooth and effective transition.

"We greatly appreciate his leadership, his team spirit and the many important contributions he has made to our success."

Donald added: "In his current role, Josh Weinstein has been a strong contributor to the company's successful results.

"I am confident he will do a great job in his new role and continue to build on our strong legacy of success in the UK. "

Donald continued: "Stein Kruse has done an exemplary job in leading the Holland America Group.

"The two groups will continue to be managed separately as they are today but will benefit from more closely aligned collaboration."

Noyes said: "I will be leaving Carnival UK as a thriving, profitable and market leading business. I know that with Josh at the helm, the company will continue to go from strength to strength as the UK cruise sector maintains its exceptional levels of growth."

Source: Carnival Corp

MSC USA Fills SVP Sales Post

Joseph Jiffo named Senior Vice President of Sales for MSC Cruises USA

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (March 27, 2017) – MSC Cruises USA — the North American arm of MSC Cruises, the Swiss-based world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa — announced today that travel industry veteran, Joseph Jiffo, will join the company as senior vice president of sales, effective April 11.

With more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry – including positions at other cruise lines, a major travel agency consortium and a land-based tour operator – at MSC Cruises’ Jiffo will be responsible for strategically continuing and expanding our valued relationships with trade partners.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Joe as the newest member of our executive team,” said Roberto Fusaro, president of MSC Cruises USA. “Joe is well-respected and has a proven track record of exceeding sales goals and increasing market share. His relationships with the travel agent community and broad experience within the travel industry will prove invaluable as MSC Cruises significantly grows its brand in North America.”

Prior to joining MSC Cruises, Jiffo served as vice president of sales for Exclusive Group Travel, a division of Tourism Holdings Inc. Jiffo has also held leadership roles at Ensemble Travel Group as well as multiple cruise lines.

“I am thrilled to be joining the team at MSC Cruises,” said Jiffo. “The company is expanding incredibly fast and I am looking forward to continuing the team’s initiatives to grow the brand in North America and ensuring that MSC Cruises is the easiest and most profitable brand to work with.”

Source: MSC Cruises USA

Friday, March 24, 2017

Opening the Royal Caribbean Umbrella

There's a new company under the Royal Caribbean umbrella, but this isn't another cruise line. It's GoBe, a tour booking website.

The complete story appeared in the March 24 edition of Cruise News Daily.