What I do know is that there have been wholesale changes at the top of many cruise lines in the past few days:
- Crystal Cruises - Longtime president, Gregg Michel, is out and Edie Bornstein, formerly of Cunard/Seabourn, then Carnival, then Azamara Club Cruises, and now Crystal, is in, but for how long?
- SeaDream Yacht Club - Pamela Conover was brought in as CEO under the guise of bringing structure, order and operations to this quirky little cruise line, but she resigned...apparently because this quirky little cruise line's quirky owner, Atle Byrnestad, was over-extending his meddling...again.
- The Holland America Group - Carnival Corporation has become so large and so diverse that having one umbrella apparently is insufficient. With Stein Kruse, known for his authoritarian rule, expanding his "empire" to include not only Holland America and Seabourn, but now Princess....and he is taking over Carnival's MANCO (a UK based company) which runs the Australian operations as well, the name, The Holland America Group, scares me. Alan Buckelew, formerly heading Princess, moves up to the new role of COO of Carnival Corp. & plc. (which owns all of the Carnival brands). Meanwhile Jan Schwartz, moves to President of Princess Cruises (as Alan Buckelew moves up) from her former position as Princess's SVP of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.
- Howard Frank, the right hand man to Micky Arison for a quarter of a century, is finally taking a bit of a back seat (as has Micky Arison); a move, after dining with he and is lovely wife a few times, I knew would be coming...and is well-deserved.