CONOVER was named president and CEO of Seabourn Cruise
Line. Conover was appointed acting president of the luxury line
after its president Deborah Natansohn suffered a heart attack on
Oct. 22; she died Oct. 24. Conover was most recently senior vice
president of shared services for Carnival Corp., Cunard and
Seabourn's parent company. She also oversaw the Seabourn brand from
2001 to 2004, when she was president of Cunard Line Ltd.
THREE MILLION PEOPLE CRUISED in the second quarter of
2006, an 11.67% increase over the same period in 2005, according to
the Cruise Lines International Association. Of the 2.97 million
passengers to cruise in the quarter, about 2.5 million passengers
were sourced from North America, CLIA said. Member cruise lines
also posted an average 103.2% occupancy rate during the second
quarter, a four-point improvement over second-quarter 2005, CLIA
CLIA also said that its World's Largest
Cruise Night event, which was held Oct. 19, was expected to
generate 14,860 bookings, or an estimated $18.5 million in cruise
sales, which would yield more than $2.4 million in travel agency
CRUISE LINES will launch the first year-round service out
of San Diego in June when it sends the 2,052-passenger Elation
there to operate 78 annual four- and five-day Baja Mexico voyages.
The ship will move from Port Canaveral, Fla., where it currently
sails year-round to the Bahamas; Carnival currently has no plans to
replace the Elation in Port Canaveral.
EXPEDITIONS, the arctic and polar small-ship line, bought
its first ship, the 96-passenger expedition vessel Sarpik Ittuk,
from the Arctic Umiaq Line of Nuuk, Greenland. Quark CEO Patrick
Shaw said the vessel will be deployed to Antarctica during the
austral summer for Quark and will operate adventure cruising
programs in Greenland, the Baltic Sea and Norway for one of Quark's
client tour operators, Denmark-based Albatros Travel.
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