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Former NCL entertainment dynamo is consulting for Virgin Cruises

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Richard Kilman - conceived and developed branded dining and entertainment experiences that define Norwegian
Richard Kilman, who was responsible for Norwegian Cruise Line's strategic partnerships with branded entertainment from Blue Man Group to Legends in Concert as well as the Cirque Dreams dining experiences and Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, is now consulting for Virgin Cruises, Seatrade Cruise News has confirmed.

Kilman was among the employees who left in a significant Norwegian downsizing in late March.

During his more than six years as director, entertainment and product development at NCL, he conceptualized and implemented much of the entertainment that currently defines Norwegian.

That includes the strategic partnerships with Blue Man Group, Rock of Ages, The Grammy Awards, After Midnight, Million Dollar Quartet, Burn the Floor, Legends in Concert, Howl at the Moon and Levity Entertainment Group (Improv Comedy Clubs).

He also developed the dining and entertainment experiences Cirque Dreams and Dinner, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, The Illusionarium and For The Record.

Contracting celebrity chef partners Buddy 'Cake Boss' Valastro, Iron Chefs Geoffrey Zakarian and Jose Garces as well as branded restaurants and bars including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Tobacco Road, Pubbelly Boys and the Cavern Club was Kilman's work, too.

For Virgin Cruises, Kilman is consulting on entertainment, a cruise line spokesman said.

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