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New chair for CLIA UK & Ireland

Rzymowska, Ashdown and Narraway at the annual CLIA UK & Ireland dinner onboard Black Watch
Lynn Narraway, managing director  – UK business for Holland America Line and Seabourn, has become the new chair of CLIA UK & Ireland, taking over the position from Jo Rzymowska, md of Celebrity Cruises, UK & Ireland.

Narraway's new role was announced at CLIA’s Annual Dinner on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Black Watch last night.

The Carnival executive becomes chair at a time of sustained growth in the cruise industry which will see seven new ocean ships and more than 25 river vessels launched in 2015, together with new itineraries and ports of call.

On taking up her position Narraway said: 'am delighted to become chair at such an exciting time for cruise members.  We are seeing the introduction of new, innovative ships offering amazing experiences and exceptional service.  The membership of CLIA UK & Ireland continues to grow and we now have 52 different cruise line members.'

Retiring chair Rzymowska said: 'I have had four phenomenal years as chair and I hand over to Lynn confident that the organisation will go on to deliver more great things. The cruise industry has worked together over recent years to focus on delivering greater trade, consumer and media engagement and this has delivered significant benefits including sector growth. The support agents enjoy has also been enhanced and I'm proud to hand over the reins at a time when CLIA is truly going from strength to strength.'

CLIA UK & Ireland Director Andy Harmer  thanked the outgoing chair 'for her contribution to the work of CLIA' and said, 'it's hard to find a more passionate advocate of cruising.  I would also like to welcome Lynn to her new position and with her wealth of experience, we are assured of the continued development of the Association.'

Before dinner, celebrated by 400 of the great and good of UK cruising, Harmer made a special presentation to Rob Ashdown who is soon leaving CLIA Europe for pastures new.