NATANSOHN, 53, the president of Seabourn Cruise Lines and
the sales and marketing executive behind the launch of the Queen
Mary 2, died last week, two days after suffering a heart attack.
Natansohn had been appointed Seabourn president in 2004;
previously, she was senior vice president of sales and marketing
for Cunard Line. She was the first woman to be appointed president
of a U.S. cruise line when she took the top job at Orient Lines in
CORP. chief Micky Arison said that he and his colleagues
were "shocked and saddened" by Natansohn's death. "A highlight of
her career was leading the sales and marketing effort for the
incredibly successful launch of the Queen Mary 2. And at Seabourn,
Debbie's excellent managerial skills led to a strengthened brand
that resulted in us placing a half a billion dollar order for two
RECALLED NATANSOHN in interviews and messages as an
innovative executive who had a fun-loving, generous
" "Debbie was a
great lady, probably one of the smartest and most articulate people
in the cruise industry," said Regent president Mark Conroy. "She
was a major player with the changes that took place in CLIA and was
really the person who controlled the successful launch of the
" "She was
poignant, funny, whatever she needed to be," said Bill Smith,
Crystal's senior vice president of marketing and sales. "It's just
a shame that this industry doesn't have more Debbies in it. There's
a big hole there."
" "She was
fabulous. She's a great presenter ... she's so articulate and clear
and funny," said Vicki Freed, Carnival's senior vice president of
sales and marketing. "Micky and Howard [Frank, Carnival Corp. COO]
had complete faith in her."
" Natansohn was
also one of the South Florida executives who gathered once a month
to play hearts. "A true competitor, she was one of the very best,"
said Art Sbarsky, a former cruise line exec who is part of the
group. Sbarsky last week was cruising on the QM2. "Everywhere I
look, there's a piece of Deb's legacy," he wrote by e-mail.
"Especially the Veuve Cliquot room, her favorite
GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG said it will build a second cruise
terminal at the southern tip of the former Kai Tak Airport runway.
The terminal and tourism-related facilities will be built alongside
tourism-related facilities such as hotels, shopping malls and
conference facilities. The government of Hong Kong is taking bids
for the project, which is expect to completed in 2012 at an
estimated cost of $307.7 million.
PALOMBA was appointed COO of MSC Cruises USA, and will be
responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Fort
Lauderdale-based North American sales and marketing arm of MSC
Cruises, with a focus on organizing the U.S. operations to promote
profitable growth, according to the line. Palomba began his career
with MSC at sea as a night steward and was most recently charged
with overseeing the building of the Lirica and the Opera. He also
took delivery of the Armonia when the line acquired it in 2004 from
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