Less than a week after P&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Explorer was forced to return to Sydney briefly during a three-day cruise to nowhere so that police could remove unruly passengers, police have been called to Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Legend that was making an 11-night round voyage from Melbourne.

Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCCL) has appointed Adam Sharp into the new role of project manager, port operations, reporting to Miami-based Dustin Nason, director port operations on all strategic port initiatives that the business is involved in.

Holland America Line’s new trade promise, 'Committed to Your Success,' pledges comprehensive support to travel partners and an exceptional cruise for clients. The sales department will work to uphold the promise under the guidance of the team led by VP Eva Jenner.

Damian Perry, previously ceo of Cox and Kings, is now md for Hurtigruten in the APAC region following William Harber's move to president, the Americas at the expedition travel company.


Steve McLaughlin, vp sales Australasia for Oceania Cruises, co-hosted a Valentine’s dinner for media aboard Regatta with Steve Odell, svp and md Asia Pacific of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, before the 684-passenger ship set sail from Sydney late in the evening of February 14.

Steve Odell, svp and md Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Lisa Pile, vp sales Australia and New Zealand for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, showcased Regent Seven Seas Navigator’s recent bow-to-stern makeover when the luxury yacht-style ship docked in Sydney on Thursday on a 137-day Los Angeles/Los Angeles world voyage.

Navigator had arrived from New Zealand and sailed in the evening, heading for Perth.The aptly-named Seven Seas Navigator visited Australia in February  2002 on the first round-world voyage operated by what was then Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. Odell was unapologetic when he told his media guests, who lunched in the signature Compass Rose Restaurant, that Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the most expensive cruise line.

‘You don’t go to Gucci and ask for a discount,’ he said. ‘Our prices don’t come down. The top suites are always first to sell out and an average fare per couple for a 14-night cruise is around A$20,000.

‘It is not about the price -- it is what is included.’

Pile, who said around 50% of passengers are repeaters, said the company is launching its future itineraries earlier than ever and this has led to an early booking curve.

She said the 2020/21 itineraries will be announced in August.Photo:  Helen Hutcheon

Nominations are open for Cruise Lines International Association’s Hall of Fame Cruise Industry Awards. This annual event recognizes individuals and organizations whose efforts and accomplishments represent a significant contribution to the cruise industry.

MedCruise announced the appointment of Jordi Caballé Valls as new secretary general.

Kim Guimaraes has left Crystal Cruises, where she served as VP sales & strategic partnerships since late 2015.

Celestyal Cruises hired David Beasley as manager, contact center and business intelligence, North America. The call center will report to him, as will all administrative and group functions.

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