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Articles from 2015 In February

Conover is new chief executive of The World

Pamela Conover - has held top roles at a number of cruise lines

She starts Tuesday but has already been on board to meet the residents.

Conover previously held top roles at SeaDream Yacht Club, Seabourn, Cunard and Epirotiki and had senior corporate positions at Carnival Corp. & plc.

At The World, she succeeds Tom McAlpin, who left several months ago to head the Virgin Cruises startup. He had helmed the residential community at sea since July 2009.

The World conducted a search for his replacement.

Conover most recently was chief executive of SeaDream Yacht Club, until December 2013. Earlier she was president and ceo of Seabourn during the introduction of the Odyssey-class ships and, as president of Cunard, she ushered Queen Mary 2 into service.

She also held corporate positions at Carnival Corp. including svp shared services and vp strategic planning. Her first cruise line role was chief executive of Epirotiki in Greece. Earlier in her career at Citibank, Conover was instrumental in the financing of many cruise newbuilds.


Scanship reports order for a system on a Silversea newbuild

Scanship reports order for a system on a Silversea newbuild

For months Silversea has been cagey about reports that it's building a new ship. On Friday, a company source told Seatrade Insider: 'We have not announced any newbuild.'

Fincantieri has not publicly disclosed a Silversea order.

If a new ship were, in fact, coming in 2016, that would be a remarkably short construction time from now.

Scanship reported the business in a notice to the Oslo Axess stock exchange. The company said its main delivery of equipment for advanced wastewater purification, vacuum food waste processing and garbage handling with incineration for the Silversea ship will take place during the third quarter this year.

'We are very pleased to be selected as a partner by Fincantieri for this prestigious project, increasing our market share within total clean ship systems,' Scanship ceo Henrik Badin said in a statement. 'This confirms that our technology is requested by vessels that need to be in compliance with the highest environmental standards worldwide.'

Other recent Scanship orders have included AWP and waste management systems for four Viking Cruises ocean-going newbuilds at Fincantieri and AWP and biomass processing equipment for Oasis 4 at STX France.

Based in Lysaker, Norway, with offices in Florida, Canada, Poland and Italy, Scanship is a leading provider of AWP and waste management systems.


Norwegian wraps wave season deals with choice of on-board extras

Norwegian wraps wave season deals with choice of on-board extras

The 'Freestyle Choice Spectacular' offer is based on itinerary and category booked.

Plus, on many sailings, travelers can take advantage of the 'Friends & Family Sail Free' offer, where the third through eighth person in each stateroom goes free.

Under 'Freestyle Choice Spectacular,' passengers who sail in an inside stateroom will receive on-board credit, while those who book any itinerary in an ocean-view, balcony or mini-suite can choose one offer. Those who book any itinerary in a suite or The Haven will receive all four offers, valued at up to $3,700.

The Ultimate Beverage Package will be substituted by an air credit on Hawaii, trans-Atlantic and Panama Canal sailings.


Hebridean Princess undergoes makeover

Hebridean Princess undergoes makeover

The ship's Wi-Fi has been significantly upgraded and i-pads installed in the Library. The enhancements will be revealed on the first cruise of the season next week, informs the All Leisure Group brand.

Port of Burgas starts renovating old warehouse into second terminal

After renovating a 1903-built warehouse, Burgas' new Magazia 1 terminal

The oldest covered storage facility in the Black Sea port, it was built in 1903 by French engineers from Société de Construction des Batignolles  and is located close to the Maritime Station Burgas.

The building’s metal construction resembles the same used to build the Eiffel Tower. After renovation,  the area of almost 4,000sq mtr will be transformed into a Maritime Cultural Centre with entertainment and educational facilities as well as serving as a passenger terminal.

Built alongside a 310mtr long berth with 7.3mtr depth it will be capable of handling most of the  cruise ships sailing in the region. On completion Port of Burgas will be able to welcome two passenger ships simultaneously.

In conjunction with the existing cruise facility, Maritime Station Burgas, the second terminal will create an area of 7,000 sq mtr dedicated to passenger ship activities and enable the Port of Burgas to speed up handling processes and offer a better quality service to cruise traffic.

Last year Burgas welcomed 42,000 cruise visitors.

Executive changes at Intercruises' North America & Caribbean division

Executive changes at Intercruises' North America & Caribbean division

Enric Noguer, president North America & Caribbean, has left Intercruises after taking a position with a leading global hotels group and Laura Vlad is assuming the role responsible for the combined operations of all Intercruises businesses across North America and the Caribbean.

Vlad has extensive cruise industry experience and operations understanding, as well as in depth knowledge of the Intercruises business. She previously held the role of regional director Asia, successfully leading Intercruises’ growth in the region for five years.
Robert Blythman has been appointed as senior director shorex North America, effective March 4, 2015, and James Brownrigg as manager shorex Pacific North West.

Blythman has worked in the cruise industry for over 20 years for a leading cruise line and recently held the position of director of tour operations. He will work closely with Vlad and the company's operations teams on both coasts. Brownrigg has over fourteen years’ cruise industry experience and will lead product development and shore excursions delivery in the Pacific North West.

Marie Guerineau continues in her role as director product development North America and Celeste Gladstone, vp client relationships, will resume her international role with Intercruises, focusing on worldwide business development.

CLIA global chairman salutes travel agents

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CLIA Australasia gm Brett Jardine (left) with keynote speaker Andy Stuart

Goldstein, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. president and coo, was making the opening ‘state of the industry’ address.

He said CLIA, which has 50,000 travel agent members, 62 cruise line members and 275 executive partners, is now one unified global voice.

He said 2015 will see a total of 23m global ocean cruise passengers, with Australia to announce its one millionth passenger this year.

Goldstein said destinations are the major consideration for people buyng a cruise and that there are 1,000 destinations for cruise ships worldwide.

Keynote speaker Andy Stuart, evp of Norwegian Cruise Line and a former chairman of CLIA’s UK regional office, agreed with Goldstein, saying that the travel agent is more important than ever.

Stuart said a customer looking for a cruise online by him/herself will invariably find it is too hard and will give up.

Panel sessions covered the sustainable growth of domestic cruising, growing Australasia as a sustainable source market, retail success and cruise marketing and included Mark Kammerer, vp international sales for Holland America Line and Seabourn; Francis Riley, svp international for Norwegian Cruise Line; Braydon Holland, vp sales for Star Cruises; Cyril Bricaud, international director sales and marketing for Hurtigruten; and Julie Rose, vp international sales Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Industry leaders, including Silversea’s president Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific, Steve Odell, and Aqua Expeditions ceo and founder, Francesco Galli Zugaro, wrapped up the conference with a ‘View from the Bridge.’

Her Majesty the Queen to name Britannia

Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prince Philip will name Britannia

Carnival UK chairman David Dingle said: 'We are honoured and proud that Her Majesty will name Britannia almost 20 years after she named the P&O Cruises' ship Oriana.'

He continued, 'Britannia, a ship for the nation, will be the embodiment of contemporary Britain, and with her Union Jack livery she will fly the flag for Britain across the globe.'

The biggest ship designed exclusively for Britain, chief amongst Britannia's features are restaurants, bars and cafes, with menus and culinary experiences created by P&O Cruises’ 'Food Heroes'; James Martin, Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar, Eric Lanlard, wine expert Olly Smith and cheese expert Charlie Turnbull. In the new Cookery Club, a 24 person state-of-the-art cookery school, these celebrity chefs and experts will demonstrate their culinary skills, and will be joined throughout this year by other famous chefs including Mary Berry CBE, Pierre Koffmann, Paul Rankin and Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE.

P&O Cruises will also uphold its celebration of all things British by selecting sparkling wine from the Wiston Estate Winery in Sussex for the naming ceremony. A nebuchadnezzar of the quintessentially British Brut NV will be used for the ceremony itself while thousands of bottles of Brut NV and Rosé Vintage 2011 will be enjoyed during the various inaugural events that are scheduled to take place around the launch.

Evac acquires Deerberg Systems

Deerberg-Systems GmbH
Selling his company to Evac Group: Industry veteran Jochen Deerberg

Ljubo Jurisevic, managing director of Triton-Evac GmbH, takes over as md of Deerberg-Systems on April 1.

He will operate from Oldenburg and Hamburg, reporting to Evac Group’s ceo, Tomi Gardemeister. Jochen Deerberg, the founder, owner and ceo of Deerberg-Systems, is to become personal group advisor and will also be appointed to the Evac Group advisory board.

Gardemeister said the acquisition will strengthen Evac’s role as solutions provider for the cruise industry in times of growing need for waste and waste water solutions: ‘This move will further enhance our total waste management solutions offering to our main customers, both in recycling and recovery, as well as in energy efficient thermal treatment.’

Evac’s coo, Mika Karjalainen, added customers will benefit from the integration between waste and waste water logistics: ‘We can manage all the interfaces and act as a one stop shop system integrator, both in new buildings and in global after sales.’

Deerberg said he was satisfied to have found the right partner to continue his lifetime achievement in the best possible manner. ‘By presenting this total waste management concept to the marine industry, especially the cruise industry, Evac is giving the right answer to the continuous restructuring, optimization and concentration processes of ship operators and European yards. But also with a view to the developing Asian markets, especially China, where Evac already has a strong presence, this merger is happening at the right moment.’

Deerberg-Systems GmbH was established in 1979. During the 1980s and 1990s it evolved into a pioneer company for sustainable waste treatment especially onboard cruise ships.

On several occasions Deerberg initiated and hosted conferences aiming to raise waste management awareness and to exchange knowledge about best-practice solutions.

Most recently, he brought industry decision takers together in Hamburg last July, using the opportunity to present Deerberg-System’s new Multi-Purpose-Waste-Management-Systems (MPWMS) as an approach to increase the recycling share onboard cruise ships.

Deerberg’s total orderbook at the moment comprises 41 waste management systems for various types of ships. Among them are 21 orders for cruise ship waste management systems, corresponding to a 70% market share.

Through the acquisition of Deerberg-Systems GmbH, Evac turns into an integrated supplier of multipurpose waste management system for both solid and liquate waste.

At present, Evac has over 200 employees and maintains direct presence in in Finland, the US, China, Korea, France, Germany, Norway and Brazil.

The company’s total revenue for the financial year 2014 is close to €70m.

The price for Deerberg’s acquisition by Evac Group Oy has not been disclosed.

UBS says 2015 wave pricing is better than last year

UBS says 2015 wave pricing is better than last year

The brokerage said wave season started in December, which may explain the slower pace in early January. There has been improvement in recent weeks.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has more than doubled the volume of bookings for 2016 today than what they had a year ago for 2015, UBS analyst Robin Farley said. While the company viewed January booking volumes as sub-par, it reported an acceleration in the last four weeks, with volumes up 20% in that time.

NCLH also noted that for its higher-end Prestige brands, bookings had slowed during the fourth quarter, with Ebola worries impacting the sale of cruises charting Africa, and some loyal customers' concerns about how the acquisition would affect Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Since January, Prestige bookings have picked up.

Farley said the slower autumn for Prestige is part of the reason the first quarter will be the toughest of 2015, in addition to the well-known Caribbean supply increase in Q1 that will decline in Q2 and Q3.

While Carnival Corp. would not address the current booking environment and recent comments from others that the pace of wave season has improved in the last month, the company historically has moved in the same direction as the broader industry, Farley said.

UBS said Carnival Corp.'s test last year of holding pricing on the Carnival brand and allowing a slight occupancy drop for the Caribbean product was so effective that the strategy is now being used to a small degree by other brands and for other itineraries.

Royal Caribbean management did not update its wave guidance in light of NCLH's comment that wave bookings had accelerated since roughly Jan 25, but reiterated that at the time of its earnings call on Jan. 29, it had said the prior two weeks were the best two weeks of bookings in the company's history.

UBS cited multiple conversations with industry sources suggesting that while the sheer number of promotions is high, they are at higher prices than last year. Factors include the removal of MSC Divina in the Caribbean from April for a summer season in the Mediterranean, significantly more spending on television advertising this year and the shift to more added-value promotions instead of discounts.