CHIMU Expeditions co-founder Greg Carter has assumed the position of Chief Commercial Officer for Albatros Expeditions following an 18-month hiatus from the travel industry.

He was previously in a Director/CEO role at the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, and will maintain a part-time position at the charity while he recommences his participation in the travel sector at Albatros.

Azzurra eventually

Scenic Group has confirmed Emerald Azzurra will finally commence operations on 11 March from Aqaba, Jordan, seven months later than originally scheduled.

The cruise line said it was forced to make the “difficult decision to adjust the inaugural sailings of our new luxury yacht”, stating the continually changing travel landscape brought on by the pandemic had left it with little alternative but to delay the launch.

Cruising to victory

A voluntary framework has replaced strict cruising regulations in the United States, with CLIA hailing the decision as a belated victory for the sector which has fought tooth and nail for clear resumption conditions.

“[The move] recognises the cruise industry’s unwavering commitment to providing some of the highest levels of COVID-19 mitigation found in any industry,” CLIA stated.

Under the new voluntary COVID-19 program, cruise lines can opt in to follow all of the CDC recommendations and guidance, and participating vessels will continue to receive a colour status based on the level of coronavirus infection.