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Landry & Kling names vp sales & marketing

Landry & Kling names vp sales & marketing

' Doran has joined Landry & Kling, Meetings at Sea in Miami as vp sales & marketing. He most recently served as vp worldwide sales for Preferred Hotels & Resorts in Chicago, responsible for global sales and marketing activities, including incentive, group and international distribution. Earlier positions include president of Synergi Global Travel in Paris, head of international markets for Thomas Cook in London, vp international development for Woodside Travel Management in Boston and manager of industry relations for ASTA in Washington, DC.

'J.J. and I started our careers together at Holland America Line in thelate '70s, where he worked as a market analyst,' says L&K president and ceo Joyce Landry. 'Over the years, he established himself in senior level sales and marketing positions and, among other things, adds a great deal of international experience to our management team. It's great to be working together again after nearly 25 years.'

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Record-breaking ship arrives at Los Angeles

Record-breaking ship arrives at Los Angeles

The 109,000gt Star Princess sailed into the port at San Pedro this morning, marking the end of a 26-day inaugural transpacific sailing from Singapore. Following a series of preview cruises, Star Princess will depart on March 16 for her first Mexican Riviera sailing. Seven-day, roundtrip cruises to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan are on tap through April when the vessel repositions north for a summer season of Gulf of Alaska cruises.

Star Princess provides 2,600 passengers with the same design and features as sisters Grand and Golden. Amenities include more than 700 balcony cabins, multiple dining rooms and show lounges, one of the largest casinos at sea, an expanded youth centre with activities for three age groups, the largest spa in the Princess fleet, a 24-hour AOL Internet Cafe and a dedicated wedding chapel. Star Princess also brings 'Personal Choice Dining' whereby passengers may dine when and with whom they wish between 5:30pm and 10pm or choose traditional fixed seating dining with an assigned waiter and tablemates.

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Industry honours the late Ken Trippe

Industry honours the late Ken Trippe

Following a memorial service at the Episcopal Cathedral, friends, family and business associates gathered at the Biscayne Bay Marriott Hotel to share memories and offer champagne toasts to the well-known shipbroker, financial adviser, industry automation pioneer and Seatrade Cruise Review columnist.

Those on hand to pay their respects to Trippe's widow, Jo Kling (co-founder of Landry & Kling, Inc), and children included Royal Caribbean chairman and ceo Richard Fain, RCCL cfo Dick Glasier, RCCL founder Ed Stephan, Cunard vp David Gevanthor, ResidenSea vp Emilio Freeman, Capt. Paris Katsoufis, industry veteran Spencer Frazier, consultant Ron Kurtz, shipbroker Mark Beaumont, MarketScope chairman Jay Lewis, Landry & Kling president and ceo Joyce Landry, Gerolamo Scorza's Fabio Mosetti, Seatrade md Christopher Hayman, Seatrade editor Mary Bond and scores of other industry colleagues and associates.

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Insurance, liability among Monday Seatrade themes

Insurance, liability among Monday Seatrade themes

Three morning and three afternoon roundtable sessions are organised in association with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association and the International Council of Cruise Lines.

Morning sessions, running concurrently from 9:30-11:30 am at the Miami Beach Convention Centre, include 'Keeping Up with the Megaships,' 'Maritime and Port Security - A Changed Perspective' and 'The Role of I.T. in the Marketing of the Cruise Product.'

Afternoon sessions, running concurrently from 1-3 pm, are 'Converting Cruise Passengers to Land-Based Vacationers,' 'World Cruise Port Associations Roundtable' and 'Insurance and Liability Issues for Passenger Shipping.'

The latter will focus on the impact of proposed changes to the Athens Convention, which deals with liability for death and injury at sea, as well as war risk insurance. Speakers will include ICCL president Michael Crye; Lynn White, Royal Caribbean's vp tax and risk management; Martin Reith, ceo of Ascot Underwriting Ltd in London; Gwyn Hughes, evp P&O Princess Cruises; Stephen Martin, partner of London's Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd; and Mark Cracknell, svp of the marine and energy division of Marsh Specialty Operations Ltd in London. Session moderator is attorney Larry Kaye, senior partner of Kaye, Rose & Maltzmann, San Diego.

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Giant cake marks Carnivalapos;s 30th birthday

Giant cake marks Carnivalapos;s 30th birthday

'We didn't take anyone off the ship. Everybody just hung out and partied,' recalls a long-time employee. Among those aboard on March 11, 1972, were Carnival founder Ted Arison and son Micky, who was not officially employed by the line but was working part-time, unpaid (he eventually was hired not by Ted but by Bob Dickinson).

From that inauspicious start, Carnival has flourished into the powerhouse it is today: a 16-ship fleet with five newbuilds on order. The line started celebrating birthdays at 10 years and traditionally makes the event an occasion every five years. Today, the 2,300 employees in the Miami headquarters are invited to a reception highlighted by a giant cake resembling a red, white and blue Fun Ship. It will be sliced by a trio of 30-year veterans: Carnival president Dickinson, vp sales Maurice Zarmati and Loretta Raskin, manager of cruise documents and payment.

The event kicks off Carnival's '30 Years of Fun' promotion, a year-long celebration featuring a variety of commemorative items, on-board contests and cruise giveaways - even a special song created by Broadway star Andrea McCardle.

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Record summer for German ports

Record summer for German ports

Sartori & Berger, Germany's leading cruise port agent will attend to more than 250 cruise calls across the country this year, says general manager Alexander Napp and points out cruise vessel transits in the Kiel Canal will exceed 100 for the first time, up from recent annual tallies of around 85.

2002 newcomers include Seetours' A'rosa Blu, home-ported in Rostock, which will undertake 15 Baltic itineraries starting in June plus four introductory cruises out of Hamburg; AIDAvita (although operating a summer Med programme) will make nine German port visits; plus the maiden season for Costa Marina, aimed exclusively at the German market, which will home-port in Kiel.

A big highlight says Napp is the visit of Celebrity's 91,000gt Constellation which is calling Hamburg in early June and will be the largest (volume-wise) cruise ship to ever visit the port. Meanwhile Rostock is upgrading its cruise handling facilities in Warnemunde, including the construction of a new terminal but Napp notes that only a few German ports are able to accommodate vessels of 300mtr in length and he emphasises 'we need new quays and new terminals to ensure Germany remains an important destination in the schedules of the leading cruise operators.'

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Costa Mediterraneaapos;s technical launch

Costa Mediterraneaapos;s technical launch

The 2,100 passenger ship is the first of three vessels currently under construction for the Italian line. Two 2,720 passenger capacity ships are being completed by Fincantieri for delivery in November 2003 and 2004. Costa Mediterranea will be delivered and christened in summer 2003 before entering service in the Med.

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The cruise market in 2001: a year of challenges

The cruise market in 2001: a year of challenges

The overview says this past troublesome year experienced all three simultaneously, weighing heavily over the industry... but historically it has always been able to recover from crisis and to frequently compensate temporary slowdowns with a subsequent rapid expansion.

BRS notes for the first time in several years there were no new orders. The only one confirmed was a second ship for MSC with Chantiers de l'Atlantique which in fact was signed at the end of the previous year. [Cunard's new order announcement in December was a switch of HAL's existing slot so cannot be classed as a new order - Ed].

BRS reports an active second-hand market for the first nine months of 2001 but quiet since September 11th. It notes however that ships built before the 70s and with steam turbines, will have a problem finding buyers in the future, with clients showing a preference for the comfort of new or recent ships, which represent the majority of the fleet (82% of the fleet in gt terms was built after 1990). The disposal of 1963-built Costa Riviera at the end of last year well illustrates this tendency says BRS.

The review ends on a positive note pointing out that in the uncertain times, it is worth remembering that a ship is a floating asset which can be easily transferred to markets out of high risk zones and says this security aspect is frequently underestimated by the analysts. World economic growth, population growth and, as a natural consequence, the expansion of the leisure industry are essential underpinning reasons for the development of the cruise market concludes BRS and says this is why we can and should look at the future of this powerful sector of activity with confidence.

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Last night in Miami ...

Last night in Miami ...

Swann was the winner of a drawing at last night's Cruise Destination Bergen 'Viking Dinner' at the Key Biscayne home of Norwegian Consul General Guro Vikør and co-hosted by The Norwegian Trade Council.

Bergen Mayor/Port Authority chairman Kristian Helland was on hand to greet nearly 100 execs from lines including NCL, Celebrity, Costa, Cunard, Fred. Olsen, Orient, Radisson Seven Seas, ResidenSea, Royal Caribbean International and SeaDream Yacht Club plus companies like A/B Maritime, Cruise Holidays and Ocean Development Co. 'The cruise business has become very important to our region. We do a lot of hard work to promote the facilities,' the mayor told the itinerary and tour planners, marketers, purchasing agents and marine/technical and hotel professionals. Detailing the region's natural and cultural attractions, Helland also stressed 'We are in a quiet and peaceful corner of the world.' And the mayor recounted how Norway will invest heavily to market the country as a cruise destination to UK, German and US travel agents and consumers in a three-year drive kicking off in 2003.

Norwegian ports are additionally investing in infrastructure to handle bigger cruise ships. Of the 195 calls to Bergen last summer, 14 were vessels over 50,000gt. This year, of 180 projected calls, 34 are over 50,000gt, including Celebrity's new Constellation. Looking ahead to July 2004, the new Queen Mary 2 at 150,000gt and the world's largest cruise liner, is booked at Ålesund and Bergen.

Besides promoting the destination, last night's gathering highlighted Norwegian products and services, with a host of suppliers on hand as sponsors. 'I am very pleased so many people came,' said Geir Saele, administrative director of Hatvik Trading, supplier of electrical equipment, bridge instruments, lighting and other shipping needs. 'The main thing is to meet people and make relationships.'

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The fight for P&O Princess - will regulators hold the ring?

The fight for P&O Princess - will regulators hold the ring?

For a quick summary of the complex issues facing the regulators, click on the Talking Law button at the top of this page.

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