From cruise news daily......
In the first major action since the P&O Princess
merger, Carnival Corp announced some organizational
changes, one of which should give some peace of mind to
those who have worried that there would be changes to the
Princess Cruises onboard product.
There will be specific persons on the board of
directors responsible for specific cruise lines. Peter
Ratcliffe, who was formerly CEO of P&O Princess, will
continue to be responsible for Princess Cruises and
Princess Tours along with P&O Cruises Australia and the
UK-oriented brands of Cunard (including the Seabourn
division), P&O Cruises (UK), Ocean Village and Swan
Hellenic. Pamela Conover, the president of Cunard, and
David Dingle, managing director of P&O Cruises (UK), will
report to Ratcliffe.
Bob Dickinson, as president of Carnival Cruise Lines,
the company's largest brand, will report to himself as a
board member. Ditto for Kirk Lanterman at Holland
America, who will continue to have responsibility for
that cruise line, Holland America Westours and Windstar
Pier Luigi Foschi will oversee the brands based in
Europe, including Costa Cruises (Italy), AIDA, A'ROSA and
Seetours (all serving the German market).
With Princess Cruises continuing under the leadership
Ratcliffe along with many of the former P&O Princess
brands - and apart from any of the US Carnival brands -
it should serve as a signal that Micky Arison meant what
he said, and they have no plans for large changes to the
Princess Cruises product.
We asked Peter Ratcliffe about that, and he told us
that was right on track. "Princess won't change at all,"
he told CND. "Princess will remain as it always has been.
It will remain a separate brand free to do what is in the
best interest of its customers."