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Colin Murphy plans early retirement from NCLH

Colin Murphy, at left, with NCL president and ceo Andy Stuart in Harvest Caye, which has been getting rave reviews Colin Murphy, at left, with NCL president and ceo Andy Stuart in Harvest Caye, which has been getting rave reviews (Photo: Anne Kalosh)

Following successful high-profile initiatives like the development of Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' Colin Murphy is taking early retirement, effective at the end of April.

A 19-year veteran of the company, Murphy currently serves as svp destination development.

Lately he was responsible for the creation of a major new destination, Harvest Caye in southern Belize, which handled its first ship call in November and has been getting rave reviews.

Travel Weekly recently said Harvest Caye 'might be the best in class in the cruise industry's growing portfolio of privately built destinations in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.'

Murphy also drove NCLH's historic 15-year lease at the Port of Seattle and the related plans for improvements to the Bell Street Cruise Terminal that will significantly expand passenger services at the Pier 66 facilities. NCLH will manage the cruise operations at Pier 66 and have priority rights to the cruise berth.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss will be debuting in Seattle for Alaska cruises in 2018.

Since joining Norwegian Cruise Line in 1998, Murphy has overseen areas including shore excursions and land services, port operations, air services and on-board revenue. His job expanded to a corporate role when NCL acquired Oceania Cruises and Regent Sevent Seas Cruises.

Murphy's current duties will move under evp Howard Sherman.

Posted 15 February 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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