Several key marketing executives with Star Cruises
are taking on expanded roles in the company’s wholly-owned Miami-based subsidiary, NCL Corporation, reflecting the increasing growth of
the US cruise market in Australia, New Zealand and to an extent Asia-Pacific.
Heading up the new appointments is Gary Sharman, who assumes the role of Vice President Marketing & Sales – Asia Pacific at
NCL. Mr Sharman, who is one of Australia’s most experienced travel industry executives, will continue to be based in the Star
Cruises Group head office at Port Klang, Malaysia, where he has been Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing (Western
Markets) since 2000.
Braydon Holland, formerly Director of Marketing & Sales – Australia and New Zealand at Star Cruises and Gary Westwood, Sales
Manager, New Zealand, will transfer to NCL where they will assume the same roles there. Both will continue to report to Mr
Sharman and sell Star Cruises Asian itineraries from Australia and New Zealand.
Michael Dupont, London-based Director of Marketing & Sales in Europe for Star Cruises, will also transfer to NCL in that position
but will continue selling Star Cruises Asian itineraries in Europe and report to Mr
Mr Sharman said that the reputation of
Star Cruises operations is now established and popular in the Australian and New Zealand markets. “The profile of Star Cruises received a huge boost when SuperStar Leo and SuperStar
Virgo cruised Australian and South Pacific waters in 2003 and early 2004,” Mr Sharman said.
“In fact, advance sales from Australasia for SuperStar Virgo’s 2005 programme are currently running at unprecedented levels
following the release of early bird specials in October creating for the first time a wave-period of sorts for
“But the Australian and New Zealand cruise market has matured quickly and cruise enthusiasts there are looking for new
itineraries and ships to explore.”
Mr Sharman said that NCL offered a greater number of ships and cruise programmes including the favoured longer cruises
around Hawaii, Alaska and along the Mexican Riviera. In addition, NCL ships cruise year-round from US ports as part of the
hugely successful Homeland Cruising Programme established after September 11.
Mr Sharman said that as a result, the NCL fleet was being continually expanded to accommodate the increased demand.
Earlier this year, Star Cruises transferred SuperStar Leo to NCL and now cruises in US waters as Norwegian Spirit and has been
tremendously well-received by the trade and passengers. Three new ships currently under construction are due to join the NCL
fleet during 2005/06.
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