Advertisement

Sundance and Eastern/Western Join Forces

Sundance Cruises, Eastern Cruise Lines and Western Cruise Lines will operate their three ships - Stardancer, Emerald Seas and Azure Seas - under one new corporation, effective October 1.

GotaasLarsen Shipping Corp. - parent company of Eastern/Western will own 51 percent of the new corporation, which has not yet been named. The owners of Sundance - Johnson Line and Effoa - will hold 24.5 percent each.

Bernard Chabot, president and chief executive officer of Eastern/Western, will serve as president. Stanley Mcdonald, president of Sundance Cruises will serve as co-chairman, along with Richard Fain, the marketing director of GotaasLarsen. The merger gives the new company, a capacity for about 2,700 passengers, and footholds in the three-, four- and seven-day markets.

Under the new corporation, the three ships will continue to offer their current itineraries. Stardancer will remain based in Seattle, offering seven-day cruises to Mexico during the fall, winter and spring, and cruises to Alaska in the summer. Emerald Seas will continue to offer her three- and four-day sailings to the Bahamas out of Miami, while the Azure Seas remains in Los Angeles, featuring three- and four-day cruises to Mexico.

Reservations will be based in Miami and Los Angeles - where Eastern and Western are headquartered, respectively. Sundance's Seattle office is being phased out.

Cruise Industry News Email Alerts

Email Newsletter

Get the latest breaking cruise news. Sign up.

Cruise Ship Orderbook

120 Ships | 261,852 Berths | $69 Billion | View

New 2019 Annual Report

CIN Annual Report

In This Edition:

2027 Projections

Global Outlook

North America

Europe

Asia/Pacific

Fleet Data

Market Reports