In brief: Cruise February 2020 issue
Three new ships for Travelmarvel
APT Travel Group has unveiled three new European-based river ships for its Travelmarvel brand, the first of which will launch later this year.
Named Capella, Polaris and Vega, the new Contemporary Class ships are targeted at Australian clientele, and will represent “the best value on the market”, according to APT Chief Commercial Officer Debra Fox.
Polaris is set to debut this year, while the other two vessels will follow in 2021.
Bonner returns to lead Celebrity APAC
Susan Bonner is returning from Celebrity Cruises’ Miami headquarters to lead the cruise line in the newly aligned Asia-Pacific region.
The former Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand has been appointed to the newly created single-brand role, with the move to see her once again based out of Sydney.
Bonner previously held the tri-brand head role for about 15 months, but abruptly left in October 2019 to take up a “new strategic project” in Miami, with Gavin Smith returning to take up the reins in the wake of her departure.
Cruise sector gets behind bushfire relief
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has reinforced the role of the cruise industry in aiding bushfire recovery, as support from cruise lines around the world poured in.
“Cruise lines have made clear they want to return to these ports as soon as possible to help support local businesses and assist in their recovery,” said CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz.
The sentiments were backed up by Australian Cruise Association Chief Executive Office, Jill Abel, who highlighted fire-affected areas such as Eden, NSW and Kangaroo Island, SA, expressing the need for cruise ships to continue visiting.
Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison led philanthropic efforts, pledging $1.5 million to a range of bushfire relief organisations.