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Jan Meyer and Tim Meyer to switch roles at Meyer Werft, Meyer Turku

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Jan Meyer, second left, will be returning to Meyer Werft as managing director, while Tim Meyer, far right, is going to Meyer Turku as CEO. At far left is Meyer Werft's Thomas Weigend, while Bernard Meyer is second right

Strategy of continuous change

'As a long-term strategy of continuous exchange between the yards on all levels it was since the beginning planned to rotate the leadership at some suitable time in the future,' said Bernard Meyer, chairman of Meyer Turku and managing director of Meyer Werft. 'The acute situation caused by the corona crisis will require and lead to major changes on all yards. As these changes and new structures will be implemented, it is now a good timing to carry out a family internal leadership switch between Jan and Tim.'

The switch, he added, is also intended to ensure continuous improvement by changing perspectives.

Benefits of cooperation

'The three yards in Papenburg, Turku and Warnemünde are already working closely together. We are learning from each other by implementing knowledge and experience of all locations,' Jan Meyer said. 'Already today, we are seeing the benefits of this cooperation. The exchange of people between the locations is essential and a success factor for the future.'

Jan Meyer called his time in Finland 'very intensive and personally inspiring,' involving 'many changes and investments, faced and made through many challenges together with our teams and partners.' Further challenges remain, especially with the coronavirus situation.

Seeking new opportunities in crisis

'We are now turning a new page at all our sites and need to seek also the opportunities in this crisis, implement many changes and at the same time strengthen our global functions, hence I am looking forward to push that change in Papenburg while staying involved with Turku through our cross-site collaboration,' Meyer added.

For his part, Tim Meyer expressed enthusiasm for getting to work even more closely with the shipbuilders and partners in Turku 'and of course also to get to know Finland and its people personally. We are encouraging an exchange between the yards on all levels and want to act as role models here,' he added.

Bernard Meyer noted substantial and 'some painful' adjustments are still needed to cope with the coronavirus crisis.

'Our shipyard went through many different times ... If we take the right and bold steps, taking into account our changes, we will emerge stronger from this crisis than before,' he said.

Management switch after summer

The management switch will take place after the summer.

Paul Gauguin to restart in July as French Polynesia opens to all travelers

Paul Gauguin's first two sailngs will be for the local French Polynesian market

Air Tahiti Nui to resume LA-Papeete service

French Polynesia is reopening to international tourism on July 15. From July 16, Air Tahiti Nui, part of the cruise line's regular air program, is resuming commercial flights between Los Angeles and Papeete, Tahiti. 

Starting with two cruises for the local market

Paul Gauguin will offer seven-night 'Tahiti & the Society Islands' voyages departing July 11 and July 18 for the local French Polynesian market. This itinerary operates round-trip Papeete, with calls at Huahine and Motu Mahana (the line’s private islet off the coast of Taha’a), Bora Bora (two days, with daily access to a private beach) and Moorea (two days).

Paul Gauguin Cruises will welcome local and international travelers on its 10-night 'Society Islands & Tuamotus' voyage departing July 29 from Papeete. This visits the same destinations as the seven-night itinerary and adds Rangiroa and Fakarava in the Tuamotu Archipelago.

Resuming regular schedule in August

In August and beyond, Paul Gauguin Cruises resumes its previously scheduled seven- to 14-night Tahiti, French Polynesia and South Pacific sailings.

The line has adopted the same health protocols as its parent company, Ponant, in collaboration with the Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Méditerranée Infection of Marseille and the Battalion of Marine Firemen of Marseille. They are detailed here.


Iceland open and hoping to welcome expedition ships this summer

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Cruise Iceland reports vessels are expected to arrive from mid-July, with new operating measures in place such as social distancing, increased medical personnel on board and frequent health monitoring of passengers.

Seatrade undertsands ships can operate continuously in Iceland for up to four months in a 12 month period without visiting a foreign port and keep within cabotage restrictions.

‘It has been amazing to watch the Icelandic nation tackle COVID-19, where cooperation and complete trust in authorities has been key. Months of hard work are now paying off,’ said Gyða Guðmundsdóttir spokesperson for Cruise Iceland.

‘Being an island, it is easy to monitor the population and track new cases with aggressive testing,’ she added.

Mobile tracking test

Before starting their journey to Iceland, tourists have to fill out a preregistration form and download the C-19 app on their phones.

Anyone arriving in Iceland via air can choose between taking a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at the airport or self-isolating for two weeks. From July 1 onwards, the price for the PCR will be set at ISK15,000 ($110).

After undergoing the PCR test, tourists can leave the airport, but are advised to travel with caution until the test results are confirmed. Those can be expected within five hours and will appear in the C-19 app or via text message.

Open borders

‘We are very pleased with the authorities’ decision to open the borders, with next to no new cases, we are ready to welcome vessels again in Iceland,’ said Pétur Ólafsson, port master of Akureyri and chair of Cruise Iceland.

He added, ‘This might even be the perfect time to visit, since there will be a lot less tourists than previous years. We will definitely not be facing any congestion problems and passengers can enjoy the services offered by ports and tour operators, and thereby contributing to the local community, where many have been sitting idly since the COVID-19 crisis started.’


Seatrade Cruise Review - June 2020 issue


We are excited to invite you to read the digital edition of the latest issue of Seatrade Cruise Review.

This edition features:

  • COVID-19 recovery
  • How will cruising be different?
  • European rivercruising
  • Orderbook commentary

In addition to reviews on expedition cruising, lay-up at large, legal issues, Asia shorex, Australasia update, Baltic and Mediterranean ports & destinations and post-COVID-19 medical and health products & services.



Ponant teams with noted Marseille institute on new health protocols

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L'Austral is one of the six Ponant ships scheduled to resume sailing in July. There will be enhanced health protocols fleet-wide

Ponant has also applied for Bureau Veritas 'Safeguard' status to certify the efficacy of its procedures.

The new protocols are in addition to practices advised by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.


Prior to embarkation, passengers and crew will have to present a medical form signed by a doctor, complete a health questionnaire and undergo a health screening by the ship’s medical staff.

All luggage will pass through a disinfecting zone with sanitizing mist or UV lamps.

Surgical and cloth masks, disinfecting wipes and bottles of hand sanitizer will be given to passengers.

Fresh air, reduced occupancy, masks

Ponant said it will provide 100% fresh air in staterooms through non-recirculating air conditioning. In common areas, the air will be renewed at least five times per hour.

Restaurant layouts have been redesigned to offer only a la carte dining.

Public areas like the fitness room and theater will be capped at 50% occupancy.

High-touch points, such as door handles and handrails, with be disinfected hourly with EcoLab peroxide, which eliminates 100% of germs and bacteria.

Crew will be required to wear a mask or protective visor when in contact with passengers. Passengers will be asked to wear a mask in corridors and a face covering will be recommended in public spaces.

Medical centers

Each vessel is equipped with advanced hospital equipment, including mobile laboratory terminals that enable testing on site for infectious and tropical diseases. Advanced diagnostic equipment such as ultrasound, radiology and blood analysis is available fleet-wide. One doctor and one nurse are present on every sailing.

Each ship will have five vacant staterooms should isolation be needed.

Shore excursions

Zodiacs will be disinfected after each stopover. Temperature checks and disinfection procedures will be mandatory prior to reboarding.

Ponant's complete 'COVID Safety Protocol' is available here.

As earlier reported, the line hopes to resume sailing in July with six vessels on five different French itineraries.

Eleni Kalisch leaves government relations role at Royal Caribbean

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RCL thanked Eleni Kalisch for her service to the company

Thirteen years at RCL

Kalisch joined RCL in 2007 after a dozen years at the FBI as assistant director, Office of Congressional Affairs. Earlier, she worked in the US Senate as counsel for the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and as press secretary/speechwriter for the US House of Representatives.

Kalisch left 'on her own terms,' an RCL spokesman said. 'We thank her for her service to the company and wish her the best in the future.'

A successor hasn't been named.

NCLH halts cruises through September, some in October, but not Alaska

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Canada/New England, Pacific coastal

Also canceled are select cruises through October, including Canada/New England, given Canada's earlier decision to ban cruise ships through October.

Impacted October sailings include Pacific coastal cruises for Norwegian Joy (Oct. 4) and Norwegian Bliss (Oct. 12). Canada/New England cancellations include Norwegian Gem (Oct. 2-9), Norwegian Breakaway (Oct. 4-11), Insignia (Oct. 6-26) and Seven Seas Navigator (Oct. 8-18).

Alex Pinelo, Nikki Upshaw head CLIA's North American Trade Relations Committee

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Alex Pinelo takes over as committee chair while Nikki Upshaw succeeds him as vice chair

Pinelo is VP sales at AmaWaterways and Upshaw is SVP sales at Oceania Cruises. Pinelo was previously vice chair, serving alongside former Chair Camille Olivere, who is leaving her Norwegian Cruise Line job as SVP strategic sales & trade partnerships.

The Trade Relations Committee is comprised of CLIA member line sales and marketing leaders. Every line is represented on the committee, with each is entitled to one seat.

Serving US and Canadian travel advisors

Working together with CLIA leadership to serve US and Canadian travel agencies and travel advisors, the committee receives regular updates from CLIA on industry affairs and North American travel trade membership and professional development matters. The committee also provides counsel and support and creates task forces as it deems appropriate.

'We are thrilled to have Alex and Nikki leading the CLIA Trade Relations Committee. Their longstanding commitment to the travel agent community is unwavering and they offer a diverse perspective as ocean and river cruising leaders,' said Charles Sylvia, VP industry and trade relations, CLIA.

Galveston posted record cruise growth in 2019

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Net income was $12m on total revenues of $51m. The port also ended the year with unrestricted cash reserves of more than $14m.

Cruise passenger moves top 1m

Both cargo and cruise business increased, with cruise calls up 11% and passenger movements topping a record 1m.

20th year of cruise homeporting

2019 was Galveston's 20th year as a homeport for brands including Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Internatiomal and Disney Cruise Line.

Seatrade Cruise Awards 2020 – Your Chance at Industry Wide Recognition!


Seatrade Cruise Awards, the premier award programme for the global cruise industry, is back for its 14th edition to celebrate industry’s excellence in nine diverse categories. The awards bring entrants the opportunity to nominate people, destinations, cruise lines, brands and initiatives from every corner of the world for a chance to showcase their achievements in the spotlight!

Why Enter Seatrade Cruise Awards?

Not only is it exceptionally rewarding to have your hard work recognised and celebrated, success at the awards give entrants a competetive edge, allowing them to showcase their brand to the entire Seatrade community and gain visibility from key players within the industry.

To inspire you – our previous winners share some exciting testimonials about their experience winning at Seatrade Cruise Awards.

“We are the proud winners of three Seatrade Innovative Shore Excursion of the Year Awards…Our team thinks of it as the ‘Academy Awards’ of cruise, and works very hard to stay creative, relevant and on point to ensure we deliver the ‘best of the best’ in the regions of the world we service… all of us with the A&K Group of Companies [are] grateful to Seatrade for giving us a forum to celebrate our success.”

David Vass | Senior Vice President | Worldwide Cruise Business & Operations | Abercrombie & Kent Destination Management

"Receiving the inaugural ‘Marine Interior Design of the Year’ in 2019 was a huge honour and a great testament to all of the creative work that over 60 designers at SMC Design contributed towards over a period of four years…We thank Seatrade Cruise Awards for this recognition and encourage all of our design partners - whether that be fellow design studios or our supplier network - to enter such a prestigious industry awards events in the future to recognise your teams hard work!"

Ben Wilson BA AssocRINA | Senior Designer/Project Manager | SMC Design

“Winning the Port of the Year 2019 award was truly tremendous success and we are all very honoured and proud of this award given by a jury of eminent leaders of the industry. This award is recognition to our entire team… [and] also great motivation and obligation to continue with further development and growth. Since we are the first Croatian cruise port to win this award, this is also an exceptional promotion of the Zadar City, Zadar region, and Croatia.”

Rebeka V. Pevec M.B.A. | General Manager | Zadar Cruise Port 

Check out our 2020 Award Entry Guide for more information on how to prepare a winning entry! 


Meet the Judges

To help us decide between so many outstanding nominees, we have invited a panel of independent judges, made up of fourteen leading industry professionals, to review the nominations, make a shortlist and eventually select the winner. You can meet all of our judges here.

Not sure where to start? Below, our judges have shared tips of how to make a standout nomination to increase your chances at winning. With years of experience at awards panels – they certainly know what will help you shine among the competition!

awards icon.png"Value to the industry as a whole (rather than to the candidate per se); value to the cruise consumer; true innovation; results achieved; and how closely the submission addresses the award criteria." 

Ted Blamey | Principal | CHART Management Consultants

awards icon.png"An ideal entry would demonstrate creative thinking and have clear points of difference. It would be relevant to current challenges faced by the industry, or community it serves, and would be looking to move it forward with an obvious passion."

Grenville Cartledge | Managing Director | Four Gold

awards icon.png"The best entries clearly communicate the innovation with a clear value proposition for the end consumer and how it differs from the status quo."

William F. Humphrey, Jr. Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Marketing | Florida International University



You’re now excited to enter and have gathered some useful tips for your future application – what’s next? Let’s review some of the categories that are available to enter this year!

Expedition Cruise Initiative of the Year Award
A brand-new award to celebrate the up and coming Expedition Cruising! Thrilling shore excursions, unique designs and products, and advanced ships are part of the incredible Expedition experience.

Sustainability Award (Sponsored by Cruise Baltic)
At the forefront of industry’s minds this category invites applicants who have embedded sustainability,
both socially and environmentally, in their day to day operations.

Talent Development Award
This award invites you to acknowledge and celebrate a commitment to talent development and training both on and offshore for the cruise sector.

For more information and the full list of categories, visit our website


How to Enter

We encourage entries from all sectors of the global cruise industry! It does not matter if it’s your first time or you’ve entered before – now is the best opportunity to showcase your achievements. It’s free and simple to enter, you’re just one click away – good luck!