Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A Gavin Smith – ICCA chairman and Royal Caribbean Australia Managing Director ICCA chairman, Gavin Smith, has advocated a closer relationship with fellow cruise industry bodies including the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in an interview with e-Travel Blackboard yesterday.Cruise line members of the North American based association are also supportive of the move with Australian members set to benefit from a host of advantages including additional learning opportunities and more complex training materials as a result. “If we can behave and have similar qualities of CLIA, we will continue to be supported by the lines based in North America. There’s an endorsement available to us if we have a closer relationship with CLIA,” said Mr Smith to e-Travel Blackboard yesterday. Acknowledging that they are a more mature association in a more mature market, Mr Smith pointed out the potential for some cruise lines to look at people who are members of the “big four” associations worldwide, ICCA, CLIA, PSA and the European Cruise Council in the future. “I can foresee a time when cruise lines represented in all four associations will look at all associations having a closer relationship. It will ensure data gathering is more consistent and industry messaging is more consistent.”Locally based cruise lines would also benefit due to better direction from their North American and European parents. “They’d understand the dynamic based on the performance of the local association. It would add credibility to the processes proposed here if that relationship was cultivated.”Mr Smith is also the managing director of Royal Caribbean Australia.
London, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWhen Inger Klein Olsen assumed command of Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria on Wednesday, 1 December 2010, she made history by becoming the venerable shipping line’s first female captain.Captain Olsen’s first task at the helm of Queen Victoria was to take the ship, without passengers, to drydock in Hamburg for its planned refit. Next Wednesday, 15 December, she will be on the bridge as the ship sets sail with a full complement of guests.Forty-three-year-old Captain Olsen was born and raised in the Faroe Islands, which accounts for her maritime abilities, and she joined Cunard in 1997 as First Officer on board Caronia. In 2001 she transferred to the Seabourn fleet, which at that time was part of Cunard. She sailed on Seabourn Sun and Seabourn Spirit before being promoted to the rank of Staff Captain on Seabourn Pride in 2003.Following some years with other companies within the Carnival Corporation group, Captain Olsen returned to Cunard in August this year as Deputy Captain of Queen Victoria.“While we are far from being the first shipping company to have a female captain, it is nonetheless noteworthy when such a long-established British institution as Cunard makes a break with its captaincy tradition,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard. “But as Mark Twain drily observed, ‘the folks at Cunard wouldn’t appoint Noah himself as captain until he had worked his way up through the ranks.’ Inger has certainly done that,” Shanks continued, “and we are delighted to welcome her as our first woman driver.”Olsen will helm Queen Victoria during the ship’s debut Americas season, commencing from New York to Los Angeles on 13 January. During the first 17-day voyage, the ship will call on Ft. Lauderdale and Bonaire, transit the Panama Canal, and visit three ports in Mexico – Huatulco, Acapulco and Manzanillo – before arriving into Los Angeles on 30 January. Captain Olsen will take her leave on 13 February.Queen Victoria’s Americas season continues until 18 March, and features several transits through the Panama Canal, four calls to Los Angeles, two roundtrip voyages from Los Angeles to Hawaii, and one Getaway voyage to Mexico.Captain Olsen lives in Denmark.www.cunard.com