The first cruise ship to sail to Cuba from Port Everglades departed Tuesday on a 10-night cultural voyage around the island.

Asta Lassesen is taking over the chief commercial officer role at Hurtigruten after serving as cfo since 2011. She'll be succeeded as cfo by Torleif Ernstsen, who's joining Hurtigruten from Carnegie ASA, a financial advisory/asset management firm, on Feb. 1.

Celebrity Cruises has appointed Apple Woo as new dedicated head of sales and marketing for the Asia region.

CLIA Australasia commercial director Brett Jardine, who joined what was then the International Cruise Council Australasia in 2007, will leave at the end of next month.

Peter Tobler joined Windstar Cruises as director of marine hotel operations, a new position that's responsible for hotel management for the six ship fleet. Duties include food and beverage operations, revenue, product development, service standards and employee training and development. 

Fincantieri subsidiary Vard signed a letter of intent to design and build a 220-passenger luxury expedition ship for an unnamed international cruise company.

For many communities, lawmakers and regulators in North America, Carnival Corp.'s Tom Dow has been the face of the cruise industry as vp public affairs. He's transitioning to a consulting role in February.

Kim Hall, director of technical and regulatory affairs - operational and security, has left Cruise Lines International Association and is running her own maritime consulting firm. There was no immediate word on a successor.

Cruise and stay operator Imagine Cruising, established in the UK in 2011, has announced a  number of senior appointments and management changes as it continues to develop the business both in the UK and overseas markets.

John Delaney, who assumed the presidency of Windstar Cruises last summer, will host his first President's Cruise, a 'Costa Rica & Panama' sailing aboard Star Pride.

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