Crystal reveals first of the brand’s five river vessels

Crystal River Cruises has launched its first vessel, Crystal Mozart. The 154-passenger ship is the first of five for the brand. It will sail on the Danube calling in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Serbia.

River Cruise Line unveils new Lady Anne itineraries

The River Cruise Line is offering two new itineraries on the Lady Anne. One will sail the Dutch Waterways, costing from £369, and the other the Rhine and Moselle, leading in at £899. New excursions, such as wine tasting in Mainz, are also available.

Williams quits Royal after decade for new MSC role

Hollie-Rae Merrick

Royal Caribbean International’s head of sales Steve Williams is leaving to join MSC Cruises.

Williams, who has been with

Royal for more than a decade, will take on the newly created role of director of sales for MSC’s UK and Irish operation. He leaves Royal immediately and

will be on gardening leave until he starts his new role in October. Williams’ appointment comes as MSC Cruises announced head of sales Janet Parton will leave the line in August after two years. Williams will manage the line’s

Monaco ceremony sees Regent launch Explorer

Luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises has launched Seven Seas Explorer in Monaco. The 750-passenger ship was christened by Princess Charlene of Monaco. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sang at the ceremony.

sales team and account managers. He will report into UK managing director Antonio Paradiso. Speaking about the appointment, Paradiso said: “Steve is an excellent addition to our UK and Ireland team and will be leading our sales organisation through a period of significant growth. He brings a wealth of expertise and I am confident he will help us continue with our


Fred Olsen targets family market with kids’ club rebrand

RIVER TRIVIA Emerald Waterways has called ‘Last Orders’ on its popular FREE Premium Drinks Package on 2017 river cruises. Guests will enjoy unlimited free drinks on all European sailings when booked by 31 July 2016.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has rebranded its kids’ club as it looks to attract more families on board its fleet of four ships. The kids’ club is now known as

Little Skippers and for the first time children have their own daily itineraries during the summer holidays. Activities for youngsters on board include art and crafts,

20 21 July 2016 BOUDICCA: Holiday activities

treasure hunts, swimming lessons and cookie and pizza making. The daily itinerary planner for children will include facts, jokes,

WILLIAMS: Set to lead sales team during period of planned growth

“Steve is an excellent addition to our team and he brings a wealth of expertise”

plans for the UK and Ireland. “Janet has done a fantastic job in

growing sales for MSC Cruises and leaves the brand well positioned for its next growth phase. I wish to thank Janet for her contribution to the business during her time with the company and for all the

support she has given me since my move to the UK. I wish her all the best for the future.” Commenting on his new role, Williams said: “I am incredibly proud to have worked for Royal Caribbean in the UK and Ireland for the past 10 years, which has seen the brand go from strength to strength. I am leaving one of the best teams in the business and wish Stuart (Leven, managing director) and his team every success. I am truly excited to be joining Antonio

and the MSC Cruises team.”

fun port information and even a recommended mocktail of the day. Head of sales Neil Herbert

said: “We welcome many multi- generational families on our ships, and we appreciate it can be difficult to find a holiday to suit all ages. “We are therefore very happy

to be unveiling our Little Skippers club. Parents or grandparents can indulge in a spa treatment, relax by the pool or sip on a cocktail in the lounge, knowing their children will be looked after by our team of

creative and professional hosts.”

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