Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has recently appointed Geoff Ridgeon as its new head of sales with effect May 7. Ridgeon will take overall responsibility for managing Fred. Olsen’s UK sales teams, as well as furthering relations with the travel trade.

Darius Mehta, a member of the start-up team at The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, has retired. He was VP cruise reservations, land and air.

Valletta Cruise Port on Wednesday welcomed the maiden call of MSC Bellissima with a ceremony held on board in the presence of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Malta cabinet members and other local authorities.

Seabourn has contracted hospitality design icon Adam D. Tihany to create the indoor and outdoor guest areas of its two luxurious expedition newbuilds.

A Florida man injured in a fall from Sky Pad, a bungee trampoline experience aboard Mariner of the Seas, is suing Royal Caribbean for $10m.

Longtime Princess Cruises executive John Chernesky has been promoted to SVP North America sales and trade marketing. He will continue to lead the North American sales teams for Princess and Cunard, in addition to assuming responsibility for all Princess trade marketing.

With Basel, Switzerland, serving as party central, Viking ushered in seven new river vessels in multi-city locations on Tuesday.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line hired two Norwegian Cruise Line sales veterans for its Deerfield Beach, Florida, headquarters. Francis Riley joins as SVP sales and Clark Reber as director of partner relations.

Steven Cernak, who spurred the growth and development of Port Everglades over the past seven years with new and dramatically renovated cruise terminals and long-term cruise contracts, died after a battle with cancer. He was 63.

Many passengers aboard Princess Cruises’ Majestic Princess, which arrived Monday in Akaroa, the alternate port for Christchurch, were bussed into the city to pay their respects to the victims of Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques that has rocked the world.

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