Ponfoort to lead Aurora Expeditions | News

Aurora Expeditions has announced the appointment of Monique Ponfoort to the role of chief executive. She will take up the role in October. Ponfoort joins the business from Ponant & Paul Gauguin Cruises where she was vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific. Aurora Expeditions chairman, Neville Buch, commented: “Monique is an impressive executive and her extensive experience in the cruise and travel industry will be of enormous value to Aurora Expeditions. “The board and I are delighted that Monique has agreed to join us. “We have a very…

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Ponfoort to lead Aurora Expeditions | News

Aurora Expeditions has announced the appointment of Monique Ponfoort to the role of chief executive. She will take up the role in October. Ponfoort joins the business from Ponant & Paul Gauguin Cruises where she was vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific. Aurora Expeditions chairman, Neville Buch, commented: “Monique is an impressive executive and her extensive experience in the cruise and travel industry will be of enormous value to Aurora Expeditions. “The board and I are delighted that Monique has agreed to join us. “We have a very…

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Carnival Corporation to sell 13 ships as market shrinks | News

Carnival Corporation will sell a total of 13 ships this year as the cruise giant seeks to cut capacity in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. The company had previously confirmed plans to dispose of six ships, but has now more than doubled the number as it pans its phased re-entry to the market. The company sold one ship during June and has agreements for the disposal of five ships and preliminary agreements for an additional three ships, all of which are expected to leave the fleet in the next…

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Antorcha appointed president of Holland America Line | News

Carnival Corporation has announced two moves within its global leadership team as part of a broader effort to enhance operations and prepare for the eventual resumption of cruising. The cruise giant has named Neil Palomba executive vice president and chief operations officer for Carnival Cruise Line. At the same time, Gus Antorcha, currently chief operations officer for Carnival Cruise Line, has been named president of Holland America Line, effective immediately. Antorcha will report directly to Stein Kruse, group chief executive of Holland America Group and Carnival UK. Palomba, currently president…

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Aida Cruises to return to operation next month | News

In a rare moment of good news for the cruise sector, Aida will begin sailing operations next month. Following an industry-wide pause in operations in mid-March, three of its ships will restart sailing in August. AIDAperla will be the first to set sail on August 5th from Hamburg, followed by AIDAmar from Rostock-Warnemünde on August 12th and AIDAblu from Kiel on August 16th. Bookings are now open. The line has worked with several global and national health authorities to develop a comprehensive set of health and hygiene protocols to help…

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Portsmouth welcomes Majesty of Seas for first time | News

Portsmouth International has welcomed its largest ever vessel with the arrival of Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. The milestone follows a complex engineering project undertaken during a period of significant challenge. Completion of the port’s multi-million-pound berth extension means it can now manage larger ships, evidenced by Majesty of the Seas at 268 metres. Weighing in at over 73,000 GT, in tonnage this is the largest ship the city has seen and demonstrates the capabilities now available at Portsmouth International Port. Mike Sellers Portsmouth International Port director, said: “This…

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FCO advises against all cruise ship travel | News

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to advise against all cruise ship travel. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England, the government body said. Previously the advice discouraged those over 70-years-of-age and travellers with existing health conditions from taking cruises. That advice, which was issued in March as the Covid-19 pandemic hit Europe, has now been expanded. The government will continue to review its cruise ship travel advice based on the latest medical advice. “If you have future cruise…

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Regal Princess to return to UK for summer 2021 | News

Princess Cruises has announced changes to its deployment in Alaska and Europe for summer 2021. Under the new plans, Majestic Princess will arrive on the West Coast to set sail for her inaugural Alaska season, while Regal Princess will be returning to Europe. In 2021, guests will be able to experience Majestic Princess for the first time in Alaska. She will be deployed to Alaska replacing Regal Princess, picking up all Regal Princess published Seattle Inside Passage departures from May to September, except Regal Princess May 4th departure of a…

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DFDS to relaunch Amsterdam connection next week | News

Ferry operator DFDS has confirmed that its Newcastle to Amsterdam route will reopen on July 15th with a sailing from Amsterdam. The decision comes in the wake to an announcement from the UK government that it will remove quarantine restrictions for travellers arriving from the Netherlands from July 10th. The route had been suspended since the UK lockdown was announced back in March, but with Holland on the list of countries included in the new travel arrangements, the company is now taking bookings for the summer and beyond. The first…

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TUI Group completes sale of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises | News

TUI Group has successfully completed the sale of its subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to TUI Cruises. Hamburg-based TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI and Royal Caribbean Group. The joint venture TUI Cruises, which has developed very successfully since 2008, will thus be expanded as planned. TUI had agreed the sale in February. The enterprise value was estimated at €1.2 billion. All approvals including merger clearance by the EU commission have now been fulfilled. The transaction is closed in a difficult market environment on the terms and conditions agreed. The…

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