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Norwegian Cruise Line merges UK, Continent marketing teams

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Norwegian Cruise Line is merging its marketing teams based in London (responsible for the UK market) and Wiesbaden (responsible for all Continental European markets) to optimise the operational processes and increase efficiency.  This move is a continuation of its European business consolidation that in May saw the appointment of Francis Riley as Vice President and General Manager, International.

Kevin Bubolz has been appointed Director Business Planning & Marketing for European revenue management and marketing across the London and Wiesbaden offices. The certified travel agent and business administration graduate has been with Norwegian Cruise Line since 2005 – previously as Head of Revenue Management Europe.

He will be supported by Tina Kunze, taking over responsibility for the revenue management department, with Eva-Maria Muth leading the European marketing team. Tina Kunze (Manager Pricing & Revenue Management Europe) has a bachelor degree in Tourism & Leisure Management. She has worked in the Revenue Management department at Norwegian Cruise Line since February 2009 – previously as Coordinator Pricing and Revenue Management. Eva-Maria Muth (Manager Marketing & PR Europe ) is a certified travel agent and business administration graduate. She has been working in Norwegian Cruise Line´s marketing department since October 2003, previously heading the marketing team for Continental Europe in Wiesbaden as Manager Marketing and PR.







As a result of the marketing team merger, Claire Riches has left Norwegian Cruise Line after three successful years with the business.



Oceania Cruises delays Riviera's maiden voyage

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Oceania Cruises' new Riviera will sail her maiden voyage April 24, 2012, from Athens, 10 days later than originally planned. The line is delaying Riviera's first revenue cruise to allow additional time for the staff to familiarize themselves with the ship's facilities and fine-tune the countless details required to deliver the acclaimed Oceania Cruises Experience.

The new maiden voyage is a 12-night Ancient Grandeur itinerary that visits Alexandria and Port Said, Haifa and Ashdod (Jerusalem), Alanya, Rhodes, Patmos and Kusadasi (Ephesus) before ending with an overnight stay onboard ship in Istanbul.

Oceania Cruises guests who were booked on the original 10-night maiden voyage will be moved to the new, longer sailing at no additional cost. Guests will also receive a $250 per guest shipboard credit as a gesture of goodwill from Oceania Cruises.

Guests who desire a different voyage may book any other Oceania Cruises' itinerary and enjoy a $250 per guest future cruise credit. In the event guests wish to cancel, they will receive a full refund. Travel agent commissions will be protected.

Fincantieri's Marghera yard launches Costa Fascinosa

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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The Costa Fascinosa, the latest ship to join the fleet of Costa Cruises (, Italy’s largest tourism group and Europe’s no. 1 cruise company, today touched the water for the first time during her technical launch ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera.

Once the work to fit out her interiors has been completed, the Costa Fascinosa (114,500 gross tonnage and a total capacity of 3,800 passengers) will depart on her first cruise on 2nd May 2012. About 3,000 employees and 7,000 workers from linked industries are contributing to the construction of the ship, and most of the companies involved in the shipbuilding activities, about 500, are Italian. Costa Cruises’s total investment to build the Costa Fascinosa amounts to approximately 510 million euros.

The Costa Fascinosa’s technical launch ceremony was carried out according to seafaring tradition. The launch started with the welding of a coin at the base of what was once the mainmast, a custom considered to bring good luck. Then, the shipyard director invited the godmother, Mirca Pizzato, an employee of Marghera shipyards, to cut the ribbon and break a bottle of champagne against the bow of the Costa Fascinosa. Once the dry-dock basin where the ship took shape over the last few months had been filled with water, the hull finally had the chance to touch the sea for the first time.

OMERS Private Equity acquires V.Group Ltd for $520 million

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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V.Group’s senior management has teamed up with OMERS Private Equity in the buy-out of V.Group, parent company of V.Ships. OMERS will support the further growth of the global supplier of ship management and related marine including offshore services replacing Exponent Private Equity as V.Group’s financial partner. Commenting on the transaction, Clive Richardson, CEO V.Group who will continue to lead the management team stated: “I look forward to partnering with OMERS Private Equity in continuing to build a market-leading company delivering outstanding service and value to our customers.” He added: “V.Group has a tremendous future and the management team is excited in working with our new partners in the next chapter of growth in our business.”

Mark Redman, Senior Managing Director of OMERS Private Equity in Europe commented: “V.Group has an attractive and differentiated outsourcing-based business model and is led by an exceptional management team. We believe that V.Group’s extensive global network, track record of profitable growth, compelling customer value proposition and breadth of services provides significant long-term potential. As a global leader operating in robust and growing segments of the market, we believe the future opportunities for V.Group are extremely attractive.”

Financing for the transaction with an enterprise value of US$520m was provided by RBC Capital Markets. V.Group was advised by Lazard, with further transaction support provided by Allen & Overy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and BCG. Kinmont and Travers Smith advised V.Group’s management.

V.Group is the parent company of V.Ships, the world’s largest supplier of independent ship management and other marine services to a fleet of over 1000 vessels via an extensive network of offices. V.Ships manages various vessel types including tankers, dry bulk carriers, gas and chemical carriers, containerships, cruise ships and offshore vessels. V.Group provides a broad portfolio of technical, crewing, commercial and other services to ship owners and other companies. The group was founded in 1984 as V.Ships.

Holland America Line's Zaandam to sail four Asia itineraries in Spring 2012

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Holland America Line will enhance Zaandam's 2012 Asia itineraries by now offering five 14-Day Asia Explorer voyages. In addition, Zaandam will offer one unique 14-Day China and Korea voyage that will sail roundtrip Hong Kong with calls to Incheon (Seoul) and Jeju (Cheju) City, South Korea. The four unique itineraries offered on seven departures range from 14 to 28 days and give travelers ample time to discover the region's historical and cultural landmarks, as well as explore its mystical allure.

"Asia continues to be a 'must-see' destination for our guests looking to explore a culture that is rich in tradition and mystery, combined with modern technology and intriguing architecture," said Richard Meadows, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, for Holland America Line. "Filled with unique sights, sounds and experiences, we're thrilled to add South Korea to our diverse Asia itineraries."

14-Day Asia Explorer Voyages: Zaandam's five 14-day Asia Explorer voyages sail between Hong Kong and Singapore and feature port calls at Koh Samui and Bangkok, Thailand; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Phu My and Nha Trang, Vietnam. Departure dates are Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, March 4 and March 18.

14-Day China and Korea Voyage: The 14-day China and Korea voyage departs Feb. 19 and sails roundtrip Hong Kong. Two full days at both Shanghai and Xingang (Beijing) allows ample time for guests to delve into the culture and take advantage of fantastic shore excursion opportunities including the Maglev Train Ride & New Shanghai and the Summer Palace & the Great Wall of China. Additional fascinating ports of call (and maiden calls for the Zaandam) include Incheon (Seoul) and Jeju (Cheju) City known for its idyllic beaches, pine forests and waterfalls.

28-Day Asia Explorer Collectors' Voyage Combines Asia Explorer and China & Korea: Zaandam's 28-day Asia Explorer Collectors' Voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong departs Feb. 5 and combines back-to-back itineraries for a longer cruise at the best per day value. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy overnight calls at Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand, and Shanghai and Xingang (Beijing), China, as well as extended stays in many of the region's favorite ports of call.

22-Day Japan and Alaska Repositioning Voyage: The 22-day Japan and Alaska voyage departs April 15 from Kobe (Osaka), featuring port calls at Jeju (Cheju) and Busan (Pusan), South Korea and Petropavlovsk (Kamchatka), Russia before crossing over the Northern Pacific Ocean to Vancouver, British Columbia, with stops at Kodiak, Sitka and Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.

Cruise fares begin at $1,599 per person, double occupancy for the 14-day sailings; $2,099 for the 22-day Japan and Alaska sailing; and $3,399 for the 28-day Asia Explorer Collectors' Voyage sailing.