CRUISES AND CUNARD LINE, are merging their sales forces.
The two lines operations and port planning were brought under one
management last year, after Carnival Corp. moved Cunard from Miami
to Princess offices in southern California. Both lines fall under
Carnivals P&O Princess International division, which is
overseen by Peter Ratcliffe. The consolidated sales force is
divided into four regions, each overseen by a current regional
sales director. Cunards former vice president of sales, Lee
Robinson, becomes the vice president-field sales, and Princess
current vice president of sales, Jim Baer, was named vice president
of national account sales for the new, combined organization.
COMBOS are not uncommon where Princess and Cunard are
concerned: Their sales teams are combined in the lines
international offices, including the U.K. where the same reps sell
Princess, P&O Cruises, Cunard and the other, smaller Carnival
CARNIVAL in Europe next year. The Carnival Liberty will
return to the Mediterranean in 2006 for a full summer season and
will offer 15 12-day cruises roundtrip from Rome between May and
late October. Our efforts at expanding our Fun Ship itinerary
choices include having an ongoing presence in Europe, said Carnival
CEO Bob Dickinson.
WEATHER in the Atlantic that plagued the Norwegian Dawn
and the Golden Princess last week hit another ship, this time the
Enchantment of the Seas. The ship was carrying no passengers when
it ran into stormy weather. Five cabin windows were broken. The
Enchantment was on its way to a dry dock in Rotterdam, Netherlands,
to be lengthened: Over the next two weeks the ship will be cut in
half and a new midsection will be inserted.
Hancock, the vice president of sales for Celebrity,
resigned. His last day with Celebrity will be June 3.
Cruises is bringing the 800-passenger SuperStar Gemini to
Singapore from Taiwan this fall, for four months to supplement the
1,960-passenger SuperStar Virgo.
Cruise Line went live in Amadeus Cruise, the GDS
standalone Web-based booking tool.