Cruise Industry News Feature Articles
Royal Caribbean International is unique in the cruise industry and possibly in the whole world, according to Adam Goldstein, president and CEO, who explained: “We have a unique combination of quality and energy, and we are able to bring that combination to all parts of the globe and produce ‘wows.’
“We do it through our ship design, our service, the 275 destinations we go to every year, and who we are,” he continued. “It plays well around the world. We are regarded as a prestigious operator everywhere we go.”
Compliance with the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006 (MLC 2006), coming into force in August, will be a shared responsibility among cruise lines and recruiters, according to Johan Oyen, director of cruise operations for the Norwegian Seamen’s Union (NSU) and head of the Cruise Ship Task Force for the International Transportation Federation (ITF).
Norwegian Cruise Line will essentially deliver two new ships in 2013, with the Breakaway entering service in May, and the Getaway launching in January 2014, with a busy November and December forecast for the cruise line.
Meanwhile, Norwegian has been testing its iConcierge smartphone app on the Epic.
Greg Purdy became vice president of operations at Celebrity Cruises last year, upgrading his vice president of marine operations title, and adding the hotel side of the brand.
“The nice thing about this organization is it came with a team that runs it,” said Purdy, adding that 80 percent of his time is spent on strategic items.