New Miami terminal for Norwegian in '19
Norwegian Cruise Line will get a new Miami terminal when the Norwegian Encore arrives in November 2019. The 700-foot-long, glass-sided structure will be shaped like a long bow bridge and have a 1,054-space garage connected via a second-story walkway. Miami-Dade County will spend more than $100 million on the terminal, and Norwegian will be investing an unspecified amount. Construction is to begin in May.
U by Uniworld drops its age restrictions
Citing "consumer demand," U by Uniworld dropped its age restriction and will allow all adults to book the river cruise brand launching this spring. Originally, U only allowed people ages 21-45 to book, but it said last week that the experience is "less about a number and more about attracting a new generation of adult travelers to river cruising." Uniworld said it has no plans to change the millennial-targeted product.
Six Senses to open a St. Kitts resort in 2021
A St. Kitts Six Senses, the brand's first Caribbean resort, will open in 2021 on a former sugar cane plantation on the northwest coast. It will have private plunge pools in each of its 70 villas; dining venues with local fruit, vegetables and spices; a Rum Shack; swim-up pool bar; teen center and kids' club; a Six Senses Spa with a yoga pavilion; and an on-site dive center.
Radisson launches new premium brand
Radisson Hotel Group, the hotel company formerly known as Carlson Rezidor, launched a premium brand to replace its Quorvus Collection soft brand. The Radisson Collection luxury brand will debut in June with 14 properties, most of them conversions from the upper-upscale Radisson Blu hotels in cities including Edinburgh, Scotland; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Warsaw, Poland.
Ritz-Carlton reveals first yacht itineraries
The first Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection ship debuts in November 2019 in the southeast Caribbean. The 298-passenger ship will then go to Croatia from April to June, the Baltics until September and Canada/New England in the fall. Reservations open in May for Marriott Rewards members and in June for the general public. The ship will have five restaurants, including Aqua by Sven Elverfeld, chef at the Michelin three-star Aqua at the Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Sabre's final move to the cloud set for 2023
Sabre expects to migrate from mainframe technology to cloud systems by 2023. The move will reduce Sabre's annual operating expenses by more than $100 million, chief information officer Joe DiFonzo said, and give Sabre "operational agility" and "scalability." Sabre will use a combination of public clouds and a private cloud.
Friends & Colleagues
Tourism Cares has named Paula Vlamings CEO. She replaces Mike Rea, who had led the organization since 2013. Vlamings is the former executive director of the Planeterra Foundation, G Adventures' philanthropic organization. She also was a senior sustainability leader for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's Institute at the Golden Gate. Rea will remain senior program adviser with the philanthropic organization, with a focus on building West Coast partnerships and strategy. • • • Airbnb has hired former and longtime Amazon.com executive Greg Greeley to be the first president of its Homes division. Greeley, who joined Amazon in 1999 after stints with Sun Microsystems and United Airlines, helped launch Amazon Prime in 2005 and became division vice president in 2013. Airbnb said last year that it would split the company into four divisions: Homes, Trips, Lux and China. • • • Chris Chiames was named to the newly created role of vice president and chief communications officer at Carnival Cruise Line. Most recently, Chiames served as senior vice president of corporate communications at Sabre Corp. Prior to that, he was vice president of corporate affairs at Orbitz Worldwide.