Cruise

MSC-owned Splendid arrives in Genoa as floating hospital

Last Monday, MSC Group’s ferry ship Splendid was delivered to Genoa after being converted into a “floating hospital” ship to sup-port the coronavirus battle going on in Italy. These beds will be used for patients recovering from COVID-19 before returning home. Operated by ferry liner GNV, Splendid has been converted into a fully-equipped facility to assist COVID-19 […]

Breaking News: Cruise industry voluntarily shuts down in the U.S.

Cruise Lines International Association has announced the voluntary suspension in U.S. Cruise operations. The Association issued the statement late on Friday, March 13. CLIA ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address […]

MSC targets North American market for ambitious growth

Adrian Pittaway, Head of Retail at MSC Cruises, hosted a retail open day earlier in February onboard the Swiss-based company’s newest ship in Miami, the MSC Meraviglia. Some 40 local suppliers and partners such as Heinemann attended, and had an opportunity to hear about MSC’s ambitious U.S. market growth plan. As much as 35% of MSC’s […]

Starboard Cruise Services announces new Luxury Division and names cruise industry expert Stacy Shaw to lead

Starboard Cruise Services has appointed Stacy Shaw as Vice President Luxury Division and Retail Experience Development to head up its newly formed Luxury Division. Shaw joins Starboard from Virgin Voyages where she led the sales organization and business development. Prior to that, she spent 11 years at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in a variety of leader-ship roles and got her start […]

Lisa Kauffman joins Starboard as new SVP, CMO

Starboard Cruise Services has appointed Lisa Kauffman as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, she will lead the planning, development and execution of strategic initiatives for Starboard, supporting the delivery of guest experiences and brand innovation tailored to each of Starboard’s cruise line partners. Kauffman, who has more than 20 years’ experience with global […]

Starboard features first-at-sea brands, luxury and exclusive products onboard Norwegian Encore

Starboard Cruise Services played an integral role in the launch voyage of the new Norwegian Encore cruise ship. Starboard’s The Tradewinds Shops, covering more than 7,000 sq. feet of retail space, offers luxury retail spaces, first-at-sea brands, limited-edition spirits, inaugural exclusives, and sustainability collections that align with Norwegian’s environmental commitment.   Luxury Retail Norwegian Encore bolsters the cruise line’s luxury […]

Cruise Industry veteran Robin Rosenbaum-Andras on the move

Robin Rosenbaum-Andras, Starboard Cruise Services SVP Marketing, following an extensive tenure with the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton company, will be stepping down in order to start her own marketing and branding consultancy. “After twenty-five rewarding years with Onboard Media and Starboard Cruise Services, it’s with mixed emotions that I announced my departure,” Rosenbaum-Andras tells […]

Starboard Cruise Services appoints Lisa Baldzicki as new Chief Merchandising Officer

Lisa Baldzicki has joined Starboard Cruise Services as Chief Merchandising Officer (CMO). In this role, the Disney and L Brands veteran will manage Starboard’s corporate merchandising strategies and initiatives, including the development of product assortment; vendor relationships and sourcing; financial and business planning; pricing; retail execution; talent management and team development. Baldzicki will join Starboard’s […]

Carnival Cruise Line resumes calls to Grand Bahama

In a major boom to hurricane-stricken Grand Bahama, Carnival Cruise Line resumed regular calls to the island beginning last Friday, Oct. 11, with Carnival Pride docking in Freeport. Carnival Elation followed on Oct. 13 and Carnival Freedom on Oct. 15. Carnival Pride departed Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 6 on a week-long cruise with nearly 2,400 guests. Between now and the end of […]

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