Cruise Pioneer Holman MacGarvey Sr. Dies at 68

The cruise industry is mourning the passing of Douglas (Doug) Holman MacGarvey Sr., who died February 4 in Miami following a long battle with cancer. Holman MacGarvey, 68, was a maritime consultant and former cruise line executive, having founded and served as president/CEO of two cruise lines, Sea Venture Cruises and Tropicana Cruises. He was a senior vice president with Cunard Line for 13 years, a part of the launch team for Regency Cruises, a partner and president for Cuisine Sous Vide (a Vermont food manufacturing company), and founder and president of Royal Tahitian Cruises and International Maritime Group.

As an advocate, he testified as an expert witness representing the cruise industry during the recent Senate hearings on the Jones Act, which deals with maritime commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports. Earlier in his career, Holman MacGarvey held positions with TWA in Washington, D.C. and National Airlines in Norfolk, VA, He also  served a tour in the Navy. He is survived by his wife Clarice, three children and two grandchildren.