With international cruise ship deployments to Asia growing by 31% this year, the potential size of the cruise market in Asia was one of the hot topics for discussion at the Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific Conference in Hong Kong.
Some key people are gaining wider responsibilities, while others will have a narrower focus but a broader scope of brands. Some people are moving up, and others are leaving. In an interview with Seatrade Insider, Kevin Sheehan, president and ceo of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, explained how the organization is structured following the acquisition of Prestige Cruises International.
Cunard Line appointed Holland America Line veteran Rick Meadows as president-North America, assuming operating responsibility for the brand throughout North America, starting Dec. 1. He will report to David Noyes, ceo of Cunard.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has completed the $3bn acquisition of Prestige Cruises International, the parent of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The closing had been anticipated at about this time for a deal that Norwegian ceo Kevin Sheehan has called 'the most exciting point since my joining Norwegian.'
The $24m renovation and expansion of Port Everglades' Cruise Terminal 4 adds another facility that can handle the largest cruise ships and simultaneous embarkation/debarkation. Work is nearing completion, with Celebrity Infinity set to be the first alongside Dec. 4. In a second phase, next year the terminal's adjacent slip will be lengthened from 950 feet to 1,150 feet, an $18m project.
Total ships: 29
Total berths: 92,195
Total Order Book Value:$22,119,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$270,179