Today network Cruise Baltic announced a double win. Two industry figures are to receive the 2012 Cruise Baltic Crown Award, they are:

* Richard Pruitt, Associate Vice President & Deputy DPA Environmental Compliance & Maritime Safety, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

* Tom Strang, Vice President, Policy & Regulation Maritime Policy & Compliance, Carnival Corporation & plc

Speaking at the Award Presentation, Bo Larsen, Cruise Baltic Director said: “It gives me the greatest pleasure to present this award to two of our prestigious industry colleagues. Both Richard and Tom are equally deserving of the title - they have proved to be totally supportive of Cruise Baltic; and in their respective industry roles, have always been actively involved, whether gaining statistical information for our partners, attending our Steering Group meetings, or co-ordinating port-side ship visits.

“It seems totally appropriate to make this announcement at Cruise Shipping Miami this week. We hope their participation with our network will carry on into the future and continue to to be a mutually-beneficial and rewarding relationship. True industry professionals Richard and Tom also work closely with trade organisations CLIA and the ECC, whose great work we at Cruise Baltic endorse and applaud.”