Zachary Sulkes lands senior position with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH)

Zachary Sulkes, well known and respected from his many years in charge of Bacardi’s cruise business, has joined Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) as Beverage Category Manager, with responsibility for all beverage and tobacco purchasing on Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet of 17 ships.  Sulkes has a long relationship with NCLH. He  was Manager of Onboard […]

Royal Caribbean Group to sell its Azamara brand to Sycamore Partners

Royal Caribbean Group on Tuesday announced that it has signed an agreement to sell Azamara, its small luxury brand of cruise ships, to Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm, for $201 million. Sycamore Partners will acquire the entire Azamara brand, including its three-ship fleet and associated intellectual property. The transaction is expected to close in […]

CLIA: Following a challenging year in 2020, new research shows there is resiliency and optimism heading into 2021

Trade organization Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released the 2021 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report which highlights the industry’s global economic impact, trend forecasts and the industry’s commitment to responsible tourism practices and leadership. Despite a challenging year in 2020, new research also reveals there is optimism on the horizon with two out of […]

Carnival Cruise Line takes delivery of Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of its highly anticipated new ship, Mardi Gras, in a live virtual signing ceremony at the Meyer Turku Shipyard in Turku, Finland on Dec. 18. When Mardi Gras begins guest operations in April 2021, the 180,000-gross-ton vessel will be the most innovative ship in North America as it will be the first ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas […]

CDC issues Conditional Sail protocol for safe resumption of cruise ship operations as it lifts No Sail order

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lifted the ‘No Sail’ order that has been in effect since March 14, and issued a detailed set of requirements that will enable cruise ships to safely resume sailing from U.S. ports. Under the Conditional Sailing Order issued by the CDC on Oct. 30, cruise lines […]

CLIA and members commit to a return to passenger sailing with enhanced health and safety measures

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents 95% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Framework for Conditional Sailing Order that will replace the previous No Sail Order: “Guided by the recommendations of leading experts in health and science, including the Healthy […]

SeaTrade goes virtual for 2020 and focuses on health, safety, sustainability and optimism

One of the biggest items of news that that came out of the 2020 SeaTrade Cruise Virtual Experience that began on Oct. 5, was the announcement by Cruise Lines International Association President and CEO Kelly Craighead that all of the organization’s members worldwide had agreed to 100% testing of passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior […]

CLIA announces mandatory health protocols as path to phased restart of U.S. cruises

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced a set of “mandatory core elements” of health protocols as part of a phased-in, highly controlled resumption of cruise operations in the Americas. The new protocols follow the strict measures in place for initial sailings in Europe, and address the resumption of operations in the Caribbean, Mexico and […]

New Surface Protection Program for cruiselines, ferries and other travel outlets works on molecular level to protect against microbes

Cruise veterans Mark Lewis-Jones and Tony Murray of Taras Consultancy are bringing another cutting-edge safety product/service to travel retail with the AEGIS Microbe Shield. The innovative new surface protectant is being offered by authorized sales agency Taras Consultancy, in partnership with AMPC Global, which has been granted exclusivity for cruise ships and ferries, and all maritime terminals, as […]