Carnival Corporation CEO Stepping Down
Effective August 1, Carnival Corporation’s Arnold Donald will step down from his role as president and CEO of the company. At that time, Donald will be appointed Vice Chair and member of the boards of directors.
Josh Weinstein, the current Chief Operations Officer of the company, will assume the role of President and CEO.
Prior to being COO, Weinstein was president of Carnival UK and before that, was treasurer of Carnival Corporation.
Icon of the Seas to Sail in Caribbean
Royal Caribbean has announced that its upcoming ship Icon of the Seas will sail in the Caribbean. The vessel is scheduled for a fall 2023 delivery, and initial itineraries will open for sale 12 to 18 months before the first voyage.
The 5,000 guest ship is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. It is the first in a new class of LNG-powered vessels for Royal Caribbean.
Two sister ships are scheduled to follow with debut dates in 2025 and 2026.
Noordam Reenters Service, Westerdam Asia Cruises Canceled
After over two years, Holland America’s ship Noordam has reentered service. The vessel set sail on a 21-night Panama Canal voyage Sunday from Florida to Vancouver.
During embarkation, the line held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the terminal to celebrate the milestone.
In other Holland America news, the line announced it’s pulling Westerdam from Asia for this fall due to uncertainty about the availability of ports in the region. Instead, the ship will sail in Australia and New Zealand from September to February.
Westerdam is scheduled to resume service on June 12 in Seattle to begin a season of Alaska cruises. It will be Holland America’s last vessel to restart sailings, marking the return of the entire fleet.