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AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference Donates to Tara Ocean Foundation



WHY IT RATES: The money raised by AECO members will benefit the Tara Ocean Foundation and its important efforts to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis facing the world’s oceans.—Mia Taylor, TravelPulse Senior Writer.

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Representatives from the expedition cruise industry, Arctic stakeholders, authorities and researchers gathered in Oslo this week for AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference. In addition to the conference and side meetings, attendants were invited to be part of AECO’s traditional Annual Dinner, which took place on October 16.

For the second year in a row, AECO’s Annual Dinner is sponsored by Silversea Cruises, which offers intimate luxury cruising to the polar regions and other destinations. This year, Silversea Cruises took the initiative to convert the dinner to a fundraiser in support of environmental stewardship in the Arctic.

Silversea covered the entire cost of the dinner and suggested the participants make a donation to the Tara Ocean Foundation, which resulted in a contribution of $2,500. Tara Ocean Foundation organizes voyages to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis facing the world’s oceans.

According to AECO’s Executive Director, Frigg Jorgensen, the association’s members are passionate about protecting the Arctic regions that they visit.

“We are grateful for this generous sponsorship of Silversea Cruises. They suggested using the occasion to raise funds for an environmental cause, which we think was an excellent idea. We would like to thank every participant for their donation to Tara Ocean Foundation,” says Jorgensen.

SOURCE: AECO press release.

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Windstar President John Delaney to Step Down, Prelog Elevated to COO



John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises since July 2016, will step down March 4 “to focus on personal priorities,” the company announced Feb. 28.

Andrew Todd, president and CEO of parent company Xanterra Leisure Holding, will continue as CEO of the small-ship cruise line. Delaney will provide advice to the brand during the transition through March.

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Christopher Prelog, vice president of fleet operations at Windstar and former vice president at Seabourn Cruise Line, will assume the role as chief operating officer of Windstar Cruises.

In addition, Betsy O’Rourke, chief marketing officer for Xanterra and the former senior vice president of marketing at Royal Caribbean, will lend her expertise to the Windstar brand.

This is a time of growth and expansion for the small-ship line. Its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative will lengthen three of Windstar’s yacht-like motor ships so new suites, dining venues and public spaces can be added. The first of the stretched ships, Star Breeze, is slated to return to service in May 2020.

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