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Norwegian Cruise Line Goes Back to E-Muster Drills

After switching back to in-person muster drills in January, Norwegian Cruise Line is reversing its decision.

In a note to travel agents, the line said that it’ll be going back to e-muster drills starting April 1st. Not all ships will immediately switch at the start of the month, but the change will roll out throughout April.

Norwegian didn’t say why it’s going back to e-musters, but guest feedback is likely a big reason.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ other two cruise brands, Oceania and Regent, have not indicated that they’re moving away from in-person mustering.

STORY: Major Cruise Line Quietly Switches Back to E-Muster Drills

Costa Venezia Arrives at Shipyard For Carnival Transformation

Costa Venezia has arrived at the Navantia shipyard in Spain for her transformation into Carnival Venezia.

The ship will be part of Carnival’s new “Carnival Fun, Italian Style” product, which will mix the Italian features of the ship with some Carnival favorites like the Seafood Shack, Serenity sundeck, and WaterWorks aqua park. In dry dock, the ship will receive a new livery that mixes Carnival and Costa’s colors, including Costa’s bright yellow funnel.

In June, Carnival Venezia will begin sailing from New York City, operating voyages to the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Canada and New England.

STORY: Costa Venezia Arrives at Shipyard For Carnival Cruise Line Transformation

NCLH CEO to Step Down This Year

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ CEO Frank Del Rio announced yesterday that he’s stepping down on June 30th.

The current president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, Harry Sommer, will move into his position at that time. David Herrera, current Chief Consumer Sales and Marketing Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line, will become president of NCL effective April 1st.

In a video to travel advisors, Del Rio said his decision is “a personal one, made with the love and support of my family” and that “the timing is right.”

Del Rio has been president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings since 2015.

STORY: Big Boss at Norwegian Cruise Steps Down

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