Chairman of a major cruise line says ships will be safer than own neighborhood

The chairman of a major cruise line, Richard Fain, says cruise ships will be made safer than your own neighborhood. Cruise lines are stepping up their effort to get back in business, even as more jobs are lost and more ships are scrapped. Royal Caribbean cruises, one of Port Canaveral’s mainstays, plans to make its ships a COVID-free zone. “We intend to make our ships an environment – a bubble, if you will – that actually presents less risk of transmission than in their home communities on land,” Fain said. Under the cruise industry’s plan, 100% of passengers and crew would be tested before each cruise. No one testing positive would be allowed onboard. Ships would cruise with reduced capacity. They’d have more medical staff and isolation areas for the sick. The industry’s ships are idled by a Centers for Disease Control no-sail order issued March 13. Local businesses that … Read More

New York Cruise Lines Announces the Appointment of John Banks as Chairman of the Board

Samuel Cooperman, after 17 Years of Service, Retires from the Company. Jan Engelhardsten Appointed.

New York Cruise Lines Inc., operator of the world-famous Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, transportation company, New York Water Taxi, luxury charter fleet, World Yacht, and innovative maritime restaurant, North River Lobster Company, announces the appointment of John Banks as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. With more than three decades of senior-executive experience in the public and private sectors in New York City, Mr. Banks will lead New York Cruise Lines’ Board in helping direct the company’s marine-based sightseeing, transportation, dining and entertainment businesses.

Samuel Cooperman, who has been with New York Cruise Lines in various executive roles, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, is stepping down after 17 years of dedicated service. Seasoned executive Jan Engelhardsten, former Chief Financial Officer of international maritime leader Stolt-Neilsen Limited, has been appointed to the Board

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