This has been a busy week that’s been dominated by some pretty major stories from across the cruise world. However, there is still plenty of smaller news items that you need to catch up on. Here’s the latest!
New president for Holland America
The Carnival Corporation performed a pretty major reshuffling of some of its upper-level executives this week, and it affected multiple companies. One of the biggest changes among these was a brand new president for Holland America. Gus Antorcha will be taking over the company, and his focus will mainly be on figuring out how to get the company sailing safely again. It’s a tough job right now, but someone’s gotta do it!
Big executive changes for Costa
It’s not just Holland America that had executives shifted around with the Carnival reshuffling. Costa too has a new president, Michael Thamm. He was previously the CEO of both Costa Group and Carnival Asia, and this new job as president will be tacked onto his list of responsibilities. The previous president, Neil Palomba, will now be the executive vice president, as well as the COO for Carnival’s own cruise line. Costa’s COO has also changed, with the position now belonging to Mario Zanetti.
New CEO for Aurora Expeditions
Carnival Corporation wasn’t the only company changing its leadership roles this week. Aurora Expeditions, a smaller line that focuses on Antarctic itineraries, has a brand new CEO in Monique Ponfoort. About her new position, Monique said, “I am thrilled to be joining Aurora Expeditions as CEO in October 2020. I was drawn to the growth and forward-thinking of the business together with their true passion in delivering outstanding expeditions and guests’ experiences to some of the most remote and unique places and cultures in the world. I look forward to building on this incredible 28 years of history and to achieve further success in the years to come.”
No Sail Order extended
In a move that surprised pretty much no one, the CDC announced that it would be extending its No Sail Order (which was set to end this month) until September 30th. This won’t have too much of an effect, as most large cruise lines that would be affected by this order were not planning on sailing any time soon anyway.
Costa sells ship
In other Costa news, the company has announced that it sold one of its ships, the Costa neoRomantica, to Celestyal Cruises. This comes as part of the Carnival Corporation’s plan to sell several ships over the course of the next few months.
As always, there is lots going on behind the scenes in the cruise industry. We’ll keep you updated on any other news stories that break!