The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) has chartered Deutschland for its Semester at Sea program. Following a routine drydock this summer, the ship is to begin sailing as World Odyssey in August.

Maritime services giant V.Group and its ship management arm, V.Ships, inaugurated a major new office and training centre in Manila, Philippines.

FleetPro Passenger Ship Management is preparing to launch four ocean vessels in May and June along with three new river vessels in spring and early summer.

Travel and hospitality veteran executive Christine Sustreanu, currently gm of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, will join FleetPro Group as chief operating officer in June.

It was certainly a night to remember when V.Ships celebrated its 30th anniversary in the ballroom of the stylish new Monaco Yacht Club located in the centre of the city state’s main harbour last week.

Lania Rittenhouse, a veteran of Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line, Renaissance Cruises and Fraser Yachts, joined FleetPro Passenger Ship Management as president of FleetPro Ocean in Miami.

Columbia Shipmanagement and Singhai Marine Services, who established a joint venture ship management company Columbia Shipmanagement (Shanghai) Co Ltd earlier this year, held an official opening of its new office in Shanghai this week.

Iceland ProCruises, a subsidiary of Iceland ProTravel, will begin operating cruises to Iceland and Greenland aboard the 224-passenger Ocean Diamond in 2015.

Senior executive Dietmar Wertanzl has given his resignation and will be leaving FleetPro Passenger Ship Management at the end of November, the company said.

Seasoned hotel professional Guillermo Taleno is joining FleetPro Passenger Ship Management as vp hotel operations.

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