Cruising from Dec?

CRUISE Lines International Association’s (CLIA) focus has shifted to navigating Australia’s human biosecurity emergency period, rather than blocking it, with a view to a potential cruise restart from December.

With an extension to the emergency period likely to be handed down mid-next month, CLIA Australasia Chair Gavin Smith said at last month’s Cruise Forum the Association is attempting to negotiate an exemption to the period.

Vandekreeke’s big move

THE cruise sector will always be the baby of former Carnival Cruise Line Australia chief Jennifer Vandekreeke, as she begins her new role with NRMA Expeditions as its new Executive General Manager of Customer.

Despite the sea change, Vandekreeke was quick to reassure the cruise sector that she had not left the industry behind entirely.

“I am so glad that I have joined an organisation that is committed to the [cruise] industry and so much so that they have purchased a minority stake in Coral Expeditions” she said.

NCL vax passport

NORWEGIAN Cruise Line Holdings Chief Executive Officer Frank Del Rio has launched a crushing attack on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, slamming the state’s vaccine passport ban as “shameful”.

Del Rio decried Florida’s leadership as having “failed”, and called the state’s “divisive” fight to ban vaccine passports as “beyond bizarre”.