CRUISES shook up its senior executive lineup last week by
creating separate presidency positions for its Royal Caribbean
International and Celebrity Cruises brands and tapping two of its
veterans, Adam Goldstein and Dan Hanrahan, to fill the posts.
Goldstein, an executive vice president at the company, took over
the presidency of Royal Caribbean. Hanrahan, who joined Royal
Caribbean six years ago and was its senior vice president of sales
and marketing, will become the president of Celebrity. Goldstein
and Hanrahan will report to Jack Williams, who has for the past
three years acted as president for both brands and now takes the
title of president and COO of the parent company, Royal Caribbean
OPENED Feb. 28 on Royal Caribbean Internationals Freedom
of the Seas, but only to members of the lines Crown and Anchor
loyalty program. Crown and Anchor members will get a two-week
jump-start before reservations open to the general public. The ship
will sail to Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Montego
Bay, Jamaica, and the lines private beach in Haiti from its Miami
base on seven-day, year-round cruises when it debuts in
ARGUMENTS in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Spector vs.
Norwegian Cruise Line, were heard Feb. 28. The matter is coming
before the court to determine why
foreign-flagged cruise ships should comply with Title III of the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Congress did not specifically mention foreign-flagged
vessels when it drafted the ADA. Two appeals courts have
issued conflicting rulings over the ADAs application to cruise
ships. A ruling is expected by mid- to late-June.
CRUISES opened the books on its 2006 season, which
includes a first-time call in Qeshm, Iran. In all, the line will
make inaugural calls in 23 cities, including additional port calls
in Libya and a new call in South Korea. David Morris, the lines
vice president of sales, said the schedule was one of the most
diverse weve ever offered.
GLORY was back on its normal itinerary on Feb. 26 after a
propulsion problem slowed the ship on its previous voyage, causing
it to miss stops in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Carnival said
Friday that technicians made a partial repair to the Glorys
starboard propulsion system, which has been experiencing a
technical issue affecting the vessels speed. The technicians
continue to assess the situation, but the company believes the ship
will be able to operate its normal seven-day western Caribbean
itinerary, Carnival said.