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Royal Caribbean bags Carnival family veteran for Global Tour group

Tom Anderson - to oversee global excursions product development (Photo: Anne Kalosh)
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. hired Tom Anderson, a seasoned tour operations professional from the Carnival Corp. family, for its Global Tour Operations team, Seatrade Cruise News has learned.

Anderson joins as director, global product development, on Aug. 5. The position was held, until recently, by Helen Panagos, now with Crystal Cruises.

'We are thrilled to have someone of Tom's caliber at Royal to continue to offer product that is exciting and memorable for our guests,' said Roberta Jacoby, md Global Tour Operations.

Anderson most recently was director of shore excursions for the Holland America Group, including Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn. Earlier he was director of shore operations for the Americas for Princess, responsible for shore excursions, passenger logistics and port operations.

Anderson had come back to Princess in 2014 after serving as a tours consultant since leaving Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services at the end of 2012, where he was the Miami-based evp tour programs, North America & Caribbean.

He was one of the founders of Destination Florida-New England and Destination Canada-New England, which were acquired by Intercruises in 2008.

Earlier, Anderson had been with Princess for more than seven years, as manager of Caribbean & Atlantic shore operations, based in the Fort Lauderdale office. He left in 2002.

He began his cruise career at Costa.