This Week in Cruise: New Executive Changes, Product Updates

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Azamara Club Cruises is one of the lines making a personnel change this week.

There have been a number of notable new faces at cruise lines this week, along with a big new preferred supplier agreement. Heres what you need to know.

Azamara Club Cruises has named Carol Cabezas as its new chief operation officer. Cabezas has worked with Azamara parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., most recently as VP of investor relations and AVP of national and strategic accounts for Celebrity Cruises. She has also served as an associate consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

SeaDream Yacht Club has named Brooke Lepisto as its new vice president of sales for the Americas West region. The role puts Lepisto in charge of sales for the Midwest, Northwest, Southwest, South Central, Rocky Mountain states, Canada and Brazil.

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Lepisto has served as sales director for SeaDream for the past nine years. She is based in Dallas, Texas.

In contract news, AmaWaterways has inked a new preferred supplier agreement with CruiseDirect.com, making it the second river cruise line to join the company. The move grants CruiseDirect users access to AmaWaterways lineup of itineraries in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Finally, in travel insurance news, AIG Travel has added a number of new benefits, including trip cancellation benefits for insufficient or excessive water levels. Travelers who book the new product will be covered in the event of a flood or drought in their destination. Other new benefits include a trip cancellation benefits if a wedding is cancelled, trip curtailment coverage due to the mechanical breakdown of an owned or rented vehicle, and tip inconvenience coverage that offers a fixed amount for inconveniences such as a closed theme park, beach or other attractions, runway delays and more.

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