CMV no more

CRUISE and Maritime Voyages (CMV) has succumbed to the pressures of the pandemic, ceasing trading worldwide and appointing administrators in the UK.

The cruise line had hoped to secure additional funding to keep the company afloat and weather the storm brought on by COVID-19, but to no avail.

“We just could not get the financing deal over the line in time to save this wonderful business,” said CMV CEO Christian Verhounig.

Ponant, APT uniting

Ponant and APT have been collaborating on the development of expedition sector protocols for the resumption of Kimberley cruise operations.

Ponant APAC Chairman Sarina Bratton last month confirmed a “breakthrough” in talks with a state government, and revealed the Australian Government’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission had asked the cruise lines to formulate a plan.

Aurora appointment

Monique Ponfoort has been appointed as the new Aurora Expeditions CEO, to join the company in October.

“Monique is an impressive executive and her extensive experience in the cruise and travel industry will be of enormous value to Aurora Expeditions,” said Aurora Chairman Neville Buch.

Until departing last month, Ponfoort was Ponant’s local Vice President.