Well Loved HAL President, Orlando Ashford, Leaving Cruise Line

Nina Slawek, Open Jaw


According to CruiseWeek, the shoes are dropping at Carnival Corp.

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford will leave the cruise line at the end of May. There are no additional details at this time regarding a successor.

If any one president has ever made a mark on a cruise line, it’s Ashford. His vision and renewed energy took the brand in new directions and expanded its reach to new markets, in particular the African American population and the association with Oprah Winfrey.

Another loss at Carnival Corp is Seabourn President Rick Meadows who announced that he will be retiring at the end of the month, following 35 years with Carnival Corporation. 

Ashford commented, "Today, a global pandemic has impacted our industry in ways that are completely unprecedented...I have no doubt that Holland America Line will thrive again soon, and its guests will be ready when cruise operations resume. I look forward to being one of the first to sail."

For those of us at Open Jaw who have had the pleasure of meeting Orlando Ashford, he will be missed. Ashford is not only whip smart but one of the most down to earth presidents I have had the pleasure of interviewing - always ready for a quote with a warm smile. 

Nina Slawek

Nina Slawek President

The visionary co-founder of Open Jaw, Nina handles everything at OJ from the purse-strings to the talented but eccentric staff. She is frequently spotted hobnobbing with industry leaders and making glamorous appearances in the Open Jaw TV Room.

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