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Bruce Krumrine keynote speaker for Cruise New Zealand 2017

Bruce Krumrine is a 35-year cruise industry veteran Bruce Krumrine is a 35-year cruise industry veteran

Bruce Krumrine, vp shore excursions for Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, is the keynote speaker for Cruise New Zealand 2017 to be held in the Auckland Museum on August 29.

Krumrine, who is also a speaker at Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific in the Baoshan district of Shanghai November 1-3, is responsible for more than 8,000 shore excursions operated on 44 cruise ships sailing across the globe.

Cruise Panel speakers include Florida-based Jennifer Marmanillo, director of itinerary planning at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, and Timothy Littley, Seabourn’s Seattle-based director of deployment and itinerary planning.

Marmanillo has responsibility for designing itineraries for Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Littley is responsible for crafting the daily schedules of Seabourn’s ships.

Also on the Cruise Panel are Sydney-based Adam Armstrong, md of RCL Cruises Australia and New Zealand, and Paul Mifsud, director of port operations for Carnival Australia.

On the Port Executives Panel 1 discussing emerging destinations are Andrew Gaddum (ceo, Eastland Port, Gisborne), Guy Roper (ceo, Port Taranaki, New Plymouth), Martyn Byrne (ceo, Port Nelson) and Phil Melhopt (ceo, PrimePort Timaru).

On the Port Executives Panel 2 are Tony Gibson (ceo, Ports of Auckland), Derek Nind (ceo, CentrePort Wellington), Ian McNabb (ceo, Port Marlborough), Peter Davie (ceo, Lyttelton Port Company) and Kevin Winders (ceo, Port Otago).

Cruise New Zealand chairman Debbie Summers said the organisation has done a first-class job in marketing the destination, but now is the time to ‘look within’ at what more needs to be done to keep the accelerated growth going.

‘We need to listen to what the cruise companies want and we have to look at infrastructure in particular,’ Summers said.

More Cruise New Zealand 2017 details are at www.cruisenewzealand.org.nz.

Posted 16 June 2017

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Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent