Questions Remain After Celestyal Takes Full Control Of Cuba Cruise
Cruises says its Canadian office is not closing, but it's not clear where its
office will be located or whether its 'core team' – minus Canadian founder
Dugald Wells - will work from home.
the wake of Open Jaw
that Wells was no longer part of the operation, the PR company
representing Cuba Cruise asked for a retraction, stating that the Canadian
office was not closing as the story reported. However, the office and its location remains unconfirmed.
PR agency did send a statement from
Pythagoras Nagos, Director of Sales, Celestyal Cruises:
“We are happy to announce that following the Cuba Cruise startup
phase, the brand is now fully owned by Celestyal Cruises. The venture has been
restructured to create synergies and meet consumer demand for a product
covering vacation needs all year round."
While not mentioning the departure of Wells, the statement from
Nagos described the 'core team' in Canada as follows:
Cruises V.P. Sales & Marketing in Canada: TBD
of Tour Operator & Special Interest Accounts: Holly Varey. Varey is listed online as living in Calgary, where the Cuba Cruise office was
Marketing Manager: Dean de St. Croix de St. Croix is creative director at his own design and branding agency based
in Toronto. He worked for Thomas Cook Travel in the 90s as an art director.
Account Executive, Julia Freeman Toronto-based Freeman is a former travel
consultant with CAA South Central and Travel Network. She also worked with
Cruise North Expeditions as Manager Client Services during part of Dugald
Wells' tenure as President of that company.
Nagos said a press release would be issued early this week with
more details - including plans to extend the sailing season into April – but
that release has not arrived.
Cruises told publication IHS Maritime that it was already the majority partner
in Cuba Cruises. Public Relations Manager Frosso Zaroulea told IHS that it had increased
its shareholding "so as to support the venture's continued growth and to
further commit to this unique product."
global cruise line and after a successful 2015 cruise season in Cuba, we
decided the synergy was there between our Eastern Mediterranean cruises and our
Cuba product, and that there was significant untapped market share," he
publication The Medi Telegraph also reported the story, saying it is unclear at
this point as to whether the Cuba Cruise brand will be maintained.