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Holland America and Seabourn make key promotions in finance department

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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In a move to further strengthen the resources of their aligned finance departments, Holland America Line and Seabourn recently promoted five employees and hired another team member.

"These well-deserved promotions and appointment are going to help us capitalize on the strengths of the finance team," said Larry Calkins, senior vice president, finance and information technology, chief financial officer. "All of these individuals have demonstrated strong leadership skills and their work has assisted our business in improving operations and profitability."

Keith Johnson was named treasurer and director of financial reporting and enterprise risk management. He has more than 10 years of service, having been hired in 2001 as director, audit services. Most recently Johnson lead the company's Profit Enhancement Program and significantly improved the line's profitability and return on invested capital.

Monica Desimone was appointed senior director of financial systems and cash management. Her most recent role was director of tour accounting and administration and she also assisted the finance and other departments become more efficient with their accounting procedures. Monica will continue in the role as well as lead all IT initiatives for the finance department. Desimone has been with the company for nearly 13 years.

Jim McShane was named senior director of cruise accounting. McShane has been employed with Holland America Line for more than 29 years, serving most of that time as director of cruise accounting. An invaluable resource, he most recently integrated Seabourn into the financial reporting procedures.

Paul del Rosario was promoted to senior director of budgets, planning and Profit Enhancement Program. Most recently Del Rosario headed the budget and planning group. He has nearly 10 years of service with the company.

Filling the position of controller, budgets and planning is Jason Ross, who most recently served as senior manager, voyage accounting. With more than eight years at the company, Ross will focus his attentions on applying enhanced analytics and financial performance measures to the budgets and planning process.

Derick Courson joins the company as deputy director, cash management. He has more than 10 years of combined shipboard and analytical experience with Disney, serving both Disney Cruise Line and Disney Parks and Resorts. Courson will bring an enhanced focus on leadership through key performance metrics and shipboard integration to all cash management processes.

TUI Cruises’ both ships in first meet

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2, the two vessels of Hamburg based premium market cruise operator TUI Cruises, have met fopr the first time.

The 77,000gross ton vessels met in Palma de Mallorca over the past weekend in a party that was attended by some 4,000 passengers and more than 1,500 crew members. Prominent members of the business community and politicians joined the event that was hosed by the senior management of TUI Cruises on board Mein Schiff 2.

 Fireworks in the evening completed the event and next time the two ships will meet will be on 13 October 2013 in Malta.

Royal Caribbean statement on Allure of the Seas engine room fire

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"At approximately 7:45 pm (ET) Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas experienced a small and short lived engine fire. The ship's high fog system was immediately activated, which contained and extinguished the fire. There were no injuries to guest or crew. The ship is sailing towards Port Everglades, Florida, where it will arrive on Sunday, April 22 as scheduled."

Ponant's next newbuilding will be Le Soléal

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With the same elegant contours as her two sister ships, Le Boréal (2010) and LAustral (2011), Le Soléal is set to become further embodiment of Compagnie du Ponants Yacht cruises concept.

Boasting five-star accommodation in the 132 staterooms and suites with a sophisticated design, Le Soléal offers the same level of comfort as a private yacht. Plus, this human-size vessel is permitted access to the most outstanding sites around the globe, where larger ships cant even get close.

By naming its new ship Le Soléal, Compagnie du Ponant not only makes the connection with its two other ships, LAustral and Le Boréal, obvious, but also aims to emphasise the soft expedition aspect of their itineraries. Etymologically, Le Soléal is a combination of two of the companys most powerful symbols  le soleil (French for sun) and the one who leads the way.

For her inaugural season starting in July 2013, Le Soléal will be taking passengers to a new, rarely visited and exclusive, destination: the Arctic. From the legendary North West Passage (which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans) to the Bering Strait, from ice floe to tundra, these unusual itineraries will offer passengers the chance to discover hidden gems way beyond the Arctic Circle. Le Soléals 264 passengers will be able to follow in the footsteps of the great explorers, discover Inuit villages and watch extraordinary wildlife, including polar bears, brown bears, wolves, puffins, walrus and even belugas.

Excursions in zodiacs, hiking excursions and helicopter tours will also be on offer for the most adventurous guests.

Stable and quiet, Le Soléal is designed to navigate safely in the most extreme regions. The ship was awarded a CLEANSHIP certificate.

Designed by architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, the contemporary interiors are inspired by the world of yachting. Nautical codes have been subtly revisited and applied to re-create the atmosphere of chic seaside resorts, with clean lines and combining the soothing colours of driftwood, and shades of grey and white.

Restaurants, lounges, a library, theatre and spa also offer passengers a whole range of five-star facilities and commodities.

A well thought design, excellent service and gourmet cuisine enhanced by state-of-the-art equipment and comfort reflects perfectly the philosophy of Compagnie du Ponant  a slow cruise combining intimacy, authenticity and elegance, as only the French know how.

Dinkins named Vice President Corporate Human Resources for Carnival Cruise Lines

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Tony D. Dinkins, a highly accomplished human resources professional with more than two decades of experience, has been named vice president of corporate human resources for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise operator.

Dinkins will be responsible for overseeing the company's shoreside talent management process including all hiring, evaluation, performance-driven compensation, and rewards and benefits strategies, as well as corporate training, for personnel at the company's offices in Miami and Miramar, Fla., and Colorado Springs, Colo. Dinkins joins the company effective May 7, and will report to Carnival Cruise Lines' Chief Financial Officer Anne Bramman.

Prior to joining Carnival, Dinkins served as vice president of human resources consulting and services at Citrix Systems, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based software company. In 2011 he was a recipient of the South Florida Business Journal Human Resources Excellence Award. Prior to joining Citrix, Dinkins held a number of senior level positions for major technology companies such as Avaya Inc., Lucent Technologies and AT&T Global Information Solutions.

"Carnival's continued growth requires a strong HR executive such as Tony to oversee our wide-ranging talent management, employee relations and human resource strategies," said Bramman. "Tony's extensive background, high level experience and proven track record of success makes him the ideal candidate for this position," she added.

Dinkins earned his MBA from Columbia University in New York, N.Y. and graduated with a bachelor of science in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.