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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Tour Operator News

Hurtigruten’s CEO Dan Skjeldam: “bullish” about the expedition cruise sector’s prospects. Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten

Interview: Dan Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten

Building on its 125-year heritage, Norwegian shipowner Hurtigruten has become a leader in exploration travel offering voyages to more than 200 unique destinations in more than 30 countries ranging across the globe from the Arctic to the Antarctic and including cruises in Norway, Greenland, Svalbard, Iceland, Western Europe, and the Americas. In an interview with Maritime Reporter and Engineering News, Dan Skjeldam, the company’s CEO, emphasizes the need for the cruise industry…

The U.S. Coast Guard oversees the removal of Stretch Duck 7 from Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., July 23, 2018. Missouri State Highway Patrol divers rigged the vessel, then a barge crane lifted it to the surface before it was towed to shore and loaded onto a flatbed trailer for transport to a secure facility. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lora Ratliff)

Federal Charges for Captain of Deadly Missouri Duck Boat

The captain of the World War Two-style tourist "duck boat" that sank on a Missouri lake during a storm in July killing 17 people was charged on Thursday with misconduct, negligence and inattention to duty by a federal grand jury, prosecutors said.Kenneth Scott McKee, 51, of Verona, Missouri, was charged in a 17-count indictment, one count for each of the passengers who died when the vessel sank on July 19.McKee was captain of the vessel operated by Ripley Entertainment Inc, which ran duck boat tours in Branson…

Christine Stevens (Photo: Hurtigruten)

Stevens Joins Hurtigruten Americas

Hurtigruten has appointed Christine Stevens as Vice President of Sales for the Americas to be based in its Seattle regional headquarters. Stevens brings 30 years of cruise industry expertise to Hurtigruten and will lead the sales organization, including field sales and national accounts. Angel Moledo, Vice President Customer Sales & Service, continues to be responsible for tour operator partners.Stevens will drive additional revenue growth, identify new client opportunities, lead and manage the sales team, and represent Hurtigruten at national and regional trade shows, events, and seminars.

Rofia Larsson (Photo: Nautilus International Holding Corp.)

Metro Cruise/Metro Shore Hires Marketing VP

Metro Cruise Services and Metro Shore Services, the cruise divisions of Nautilus International Holding Corporation, have  appointed Rofia Larsson to the newly created position of vice president of sales and marketing. Larsson joined Metro Cruise and Metro Shore on June 1 and will be responsible for the implementation of various marketing programs and branding strategies to increase the visibility of cruise and shore event business to potential customers within the industry. She…

Dr. Monika Griefahn christens world’s first LNG Hybrid Barge in Hamburg

World’s 1st LNG Hybrid Barge Christened "Hummel"

The world’s first LNG hybrid barge of Becker Marine Systems was christened with the name "Hummel" on October 18, 2014, at Grasbrook Quay in HafenCity Hamburg. The godmother of the inaugural event for the floating LNG power plant for environmentally friendly energy supply of cruise ships was Dr. Monika Griefahn, Chief Sustainability Officer at AIDA Cruises. The co-founder of Greenpeace Germany and former Minister of Environment of Lower Saxony has been involved in sustainability and environmental protection for more than 30 years.

Tura Turizm Wins Two Awards from Royal Caribbean

Tura Turizm, the largest cruise line tour supplier in Turkey, received two out of five tour operator awards bestowed by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. at its Tour Operator & Shore Excursion Managers Conference that ended Feb. 7. The Istanbul-based company received the Shore Excursion Manager's Award and the Most Innovative Tour Idea Award. The Shore Excursion Manager's Award was voted on by shipboard excursion managers, based on ease of working with tour suppliers and overall guest satisfaction with tour products. Tura received the most innovative award for its HD Tour product.