This Week in Cruise: Mark Conroy Steps Down, Oceania Vista Named

After 50 years in the travel industry, veteran executive Mark Conroy, managing director, the Americas, Silversea Cruises, will transition to a senior advisor role, reporting to Massimo Brancaleoni, Silversea’s senior vice president of global sales. Cruise industry veteran Joe Leon will drive trade sales in the Americas as Silversea’s head of sales—also reporting to Brancaleoni.  

Giada De Laurentiis, Italian-American chef, author, restaurateur and Emmy-award-winning food personality, christened Oceania Cruises’ new 1,200-passenger Vista in Valletta, Malta. The Allura-class ship is the line's first new vessel in more than a decade.

Massive congestion ensued in the Port of Southampton, U.K., on Friday, reportedly caused by extra U.K. Border Force security checks for people from four docking cruise ships, according to BBC News. With more than 28,000 guests disembarking or embarking that day, Southampton traffic was gridlock, causing officials to urge local residents to stay off the streets. 

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Robust cruise sales are flowing for Avalon Waterways, which reported its strongest first quarter sales season ever. Witnessing a booking increase on the Seine, Rhône, Rhine and Moselle Rivers, the river line is also reporting that it's sold out on many special interest cruises. So, the line is adding new departures to meet 2023 and 2024 river cruise demand.  

Announcing its deployment through 2025, Windstar Cruises plans to launch Canary Islands cruises beginning in 2024 on the 312-guest Star Pride. Separately, sales have opened for Carnival Cruise Line’s new 2024-2025 voyages from Mobile, AL. New cruises from the Gulf of Mexico homeport include five-, six- and eight-day Caribbean itineraries, plus a 12-day "Carnival Journeys" Southern Caribbean cruise.

Princess Cruises will name its second new Sphere-class cruise ship Star Princess; that's a sister to Sun PrincessExplora Journeys announced that renowned Chef Mauro Uliassi will create a special inaugural journey culinary experience for guests sailing on its new Explora I between July 17 and September 25, according to sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor.

Dream Vacations and CruiseOne announced two promotions. Alicia Linden and Charity Santiago have been promoted to vice president of consumer and recruitment marketing and vice president of training and events, respectively. 

Lindblad Expeditions announced a North American trade road show.

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