Haimark has named Hans Rood, a travel and cruise industry executive with more than 25 years of global cruise and travel experience, to oversee all aspects of its small ship cruise brands.
“Hans has served in key executive management positions at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Royal Caribbean, Cunard/Seabourn, Holland America, Hurtigruten, and FleetPro passenger ship management," said Tom Markwell, managing partner, sales and marketing, on behalf of the Haimark ownership team.
The combined fleet of Haimark exceeds nine river and ocean ships, each accommodating between 24 and 210 guests.
The company will launch three new ships in May, September and October:
Haimark Line, dedicated to soft adventure luxury coastal expedition cruising in North, Central and South America, will launch the 105-cabin MS Saint Laurent on May 30 for its “Historic Saint Lawrence River and America’s Five Great Lakes” inaugural sailing with a nine-night itinerary from Montreal to Chicago.
Haimark Ltd., a five-star all-suite luxury river expedition cruise line, will launch RV Mekong Princess in September 2015 for seven-night itineraries along the Mekong River in Cambodia and the Vietnam delta. The spa-focused small river expedition cruise ship will have 12 suites, extensive spa cuisine options, daily morning yoga and tai chi, signature spa experiences and active daily excursions.
Haimark Ltd. will also launch the RV Amazon Discovery, with 22 river view suites and the Rainforest Spa, in October 2015 for six-night explorations along the Peruvian Amazon, with itineraries that offer Zodiac excursions in the company of biodiversity experts.
During his career, Rood has lived in London, Oslo, New York and Miami. Born and raised in The Netherlands, Hans earned a master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam as well as an MBA from New York University and is fluent in several languages.