Ready, Set, e-mail, Sail

CRUISE Lines International Association last month launched a campaign aimed at rallying support for a cruise resumption, which in its first week saw more than 20,000 participate.

The campaign includes a web tool that will allow users to easily generate messages to Members of Parliament and ministers in order to voice their support directly to elected officials.

The Ready, Set, Sail campaign targets travel advisors, industry stakeholders, and other members of Australia’s cruise community.

P&O Australia int’l cancellation

P&O Cruises Australia last month announced domestic port calls would replace all international components for this year’s cruises.

Travellers happy to remain on the new domestic itinerary can maintain their booking as is, but those who wish to make a change or cancel can receive a full refund of the amount paid to P&O without penalty.

Ambassador rises from the ashes

Former Chief Executive Officer of the collapsed Cruise & Maritime Voyages Christian Vehounig has reunited his former leadership team, which have together launched phoenix operation Ambassador Cruise Line.

The cruise line has also taken ownership of the former P&O Pacific Dawn, which will sail as Ambassador’s flagship Ambience.

With plans to start sailing next April, the United Kingdom-based Ambassador will target the over-50s market.

Joining Vehounig at Ambassador are CCO Christopher Coates, CIO Gary Hides and CFO Simon Weeks, as well as Chairman Gordon Wilson, formerly Travelport’s CEO.