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Viking Jupiter naming ceremony to conclude Nor-Shipping 2019

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Nor-Shipping and Viking Cruises are promising visitors to Oslo a night to remember on 6 June 2019, with a naming ceremony party for Viking Jupiter, the event irganisation said in a statement.

The 47,800 gt Fincantieri built vessel, the latest addition to Viking’s growing fleet, will be celebrated with a public concert in front of Oslo’s imposing town hall, overlooking the city’s bustling harbour. The concert, which will be complimentary for all, will feature a range of as yet unnamed international and Norwegian stars.

Nor-Shipping 2019 will run from 4 to 7 June across a series of venues in Lillestrøm and Oslo.

“The naming ceremony will act as the highlight of the traditional Thursday evening Closing Party, where visitors from across the maritime and ocean industry worlds gather to mix, network and wind down after a busy week of exhibiting, conferences and business meetings,” Nor-Shipping said.

NCLH appoints Mark A. Kempa as CFO

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 Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH), the world’s third lagest listed cruise shipping group, said it has appointed Mark A. Kempa as executive vice president and chief financial officer (“CFO”). Kempa had been serving as the company’s interim CFO since March 2018.

As CFO, Kempa will report directly to the Company’s chief executive officer, Frank Del Rio, and is responsible for developing and executing the Company’s financial strategy and overseeing all finance functions, including corporate financial planning, accounting, treasury, tax, as well as information technology, corporate strategy and investor relations.

“After an exhaustive internal and external search process that yielded a number of extremely qualified candidates, Mark’s extensive experience, continued progression with increased responsibilities and track record of success made him the ideal choice for the role,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of NCLH.

 “His deep knowledge of the company and industry, coupled with his financial experience are just some of the reasons we are excited to have Mark assume the role of CFO and continue to drive Norwegian’s strong earnings growth and profitability.”

A 20 veteran of Norwegian, Kempa held several positions of increasing responsibility in Norwegian’s finance organization, playing an instrumental role in several of the Company’s key milestones, including its successful initial public offering in 2013 and the acquisition of Prestige Cruises International, Inc. in 2014.

In addition, he spent three years representing the financial interests of the company’s expansive newbuild program while positioned overseas in Germany, and also held various roles in accounting and internal audit. Prior to joining the company, Kempa served as the Assistant Controller for International Voyager Media, a travel portfolio company. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Barry University.

CLIA UK & Ireland highlights active, healthy living with campaign 

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) UK & Ireland  is dedicating the second week of its #ChooseCruise campaign to the plethora of sports and fitness options available to passengers on an ocean or river cruise.

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director said: “Cruise holidays offer an extensive roll-call of ways to get active, making it easy for passengers to stay in tip-top condition whether they’re in the middle of the ocean, sailing along rivers or visiting a port of call.

“The latest generation of ships boast impressive state-of-the-art gyms and exercise studios that easily give shore-based alternatives a run for their money. Large ships will feature sports courts, where team players can join football games or basketball bouts, as well as indoor and outdoor pools, with some ships even featuring climbing walls and paddle tennis courts.

“Invigorating sea breezes and inspiring views make ships the perfect platform for working off unwanted calories, whether it involves gently strolling around promenade decks or pounding the jogging tracks that weave around the top.

“Cruise lines have also caught on to the latest fitness trends with stretching sessions, meditation, dance lessons, aerobics, spinning classes and Pilates commonly offered across most ocean-going ships and river vessels.”

#ChooseCruise is running across the UK cruise industry throughout September, and globally, across CLIA cruise lines in October. The aim of the campaign is to highlight different onboard experiences on offer through a holiday at sea or on a river ship. From relaxation, to food and drink, onboard entertainment, family holiday options, and themed cruises, there truly is a cruise for everyone.

Harmer added: “Activities aren’t just confined to ships either, as guests can choose from many actiadventures ashore. From hiking trips over mountain slopes, glacier-treks and kayaking adventures to the slightly less physically demanding city walking tours and biking excursions, guests can inject a more energetic way to explore ports of call and their surroundings.


“Cruise holidays offer so many ways to keep active that anyone looking to keep fit on their holiday can feel confident in doing so when they #ChooseCruise

Celebrity Apex to be named in Southampton April 2020, operate number of cruises from there

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The second of Celebrity Cruises’ Edge Class ships - Celebrity Apex - will be named in Southampton in April 2020 and operate a number of cruises from the UK port, Jo Rzymowska, UK & Ireland Managing Director of the company said in a video posted on social media.

Celebrity Edge, the firs at unit of the class, will enter service in November.

“Boasting some of the most luxurious accommodations in our fleet, Celebrity Apex will offer Edge Staterooms with Infinite Balcony and twin level Edge Villas with outdoor plunge pools, to name a few,’ Celebrity Cruises said in a statement.

“Add to this 29 world-class culinary venues, of which seven are brand new speciality restaurants, and signature spaces such as the incredible Magic Carpet and Rooftop Garden, and you have a ship that elevates modern luxury cruising to new heights,” the company said.

Norwegian unveils Encore's hull artwork

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Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed that Eduardo Arranz-Bravo, the award-winning Spanish artist, created the hull artwork for the fourth and final ship of its Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Encore, debuting in Miami in November 2019. 

A representation of his modern and abstract style, the ship’s hull will feature a labyrinth of color inspired by Arranz-Bravo’s life by the sea in Barcelona and pay tribute to the vibrant guest experience for which the Norwegian brand is recognized.

“Norwegian Cruise Line is a dynamic, pioneering company known for its innovative experiences and breathtaking collection of beautifully designed ships,” said Arranz-Bravo. “I am honored to not only bring that vibrancy to life even more on Norwegian Encore but also showcase my love for the ocean and my hometown of Barcelona.”

Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, played a key role in the selection of Arranz-Bravo as the hull artist for Norwegian Encore, having been inspired by his work for many years. Del Rio’s passion for the arts has helped elevate Norwegian’s on-board experience, most recently with the multi-million-dollar art collection curated for Norwegian Bliss.

“We are well-known for our iconic hull designs and know that Arranz-Bravo’s lively design will complement the colorful destinations in the Caribbean that Norwegian Encore will visit when she debuts next year,” said Del Rio.

Recognized for his inventive and humanistic approach to abstract art, Arranz-Bravo’s work is showcased throughout the world and portrays a constant evolution that some refer to as futuristic. He is highly regarded, having been the recipient of countless awards and accolades, and was one of three artists chosen to represent the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

“Eduardo’s design will be a perfect complement to the collection of hull artwork within our fleet and is a testament to the dynamic experience our guests will have on board,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are proud to welcome him to our Norwegian Cruise Line family.”

At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating up to 4,000 guests, Norwegian Encore will complete the Breakaway-Plus class, the most successful class in the company’s history. She is currently being built at Meyer Werft, in Papenburg, Germany and will feature many innovative dining, entertainment and recreational activities that guests have come to expect from the industry-leading brand.

Following her unveiling, she will cruise out of Miami every Sunday and sail seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean, beginning with her first journey on November 17, 2019 through April 12, 2020.