THE CRUISE LINES INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION will
have a new chairman come December. Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise
Line's executive vice president of sales and marketing, will take
over for David Giersdorf. Giersdorf resigned as executive vice
president-sales and marketing for Holland America Line this month.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE'S $10 per-person daily
service charge will become nonrefundable fleetwide by next summer.
It's already nonrefundable on the U.S.-flag ships in Hawaii but
optional elsewhere as a gratuity charge. NCL said 5% of passengers
elect to remove the charge from their bill.
DEBORAH NATANSOHN was to take over Monday as
president of Seabourn, and Rick Meadows has relocated to Seattle as
the new senior vice president of sales and marketing for Holland
America (the two were the top sales and marketing execs for Cunard
and Seabourn, respectively). "I guess my first order of business
will be to oversee the weaning away of the Cunard organization so
[Seabourn] has its own infrastructure," Natansohn said. She added
that Seabourn "can exist as a standalone ... in an entrepreneurial
environment quite successfully." As for Meadows, he'll be spending
his time getting in step with the HAL team: "Look at the investment
that's being made, not only in the Signature of Excellence but the
new tonnage ... I think it's a pretty exciting time for them."
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE touted about a dozen 2005
voyages longer than 12 days that depart from U.S. homeports.
Included are a 34-day cruise Sept. 25 from Vancouver to Tampa via
Costa Rica, the Panama Canal and the Amazon River; a 35-day
transatlantic voyage July 16 that runs roundtrip from Boston; and a
62-day cruise on Oct. 6 from Seattle to San Diego which visits
ports in Japan, China and Hong Kong, Australia and Hawaii.
EUROPE CRUISE NEWS:
• MSC Cruises purchased the European Stars, a 1,500-passenger ship
that was operated by the former Festival Cruises, for about $270
million. The ship is to be renamed the Sinfonia and start service
in the Mediterranean in March, said Rick Sasso, the line's U.S.
president. The European Stars is a sister ship to the European
Vision, which MSC Cruises bought at auction in April and renamed
• Costa Cruises newest ship, the Costa Magica, sailed into the open
seas for the first time July 19 in its first series of sea trials.
The 2,720-passenger Magica is to be delivered in November.
• Hapag LLoyd, a German-focused cruise line, said it will offer
additional bilingual cruises on three of its ships next year to
"make them more accessible to the U.S. market." That translates to
16 German/English cruises in 2005 compared with 11 this year.