For the second of my look at the highlights of 2009 and forecasts for 2010, we turn to Stephen Park, UK general manager of Norwegian Cruise Lines.
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What was your highlight of 2009?
It had to be witnessing Norwegian EPIC float out from her dry dock for final preparations prior to her delivery to the NCL fleet in 2010. Her sheer scale made this a truly amazing sight and gave us an early glimpse of the impact she will have on the world of cruising.
What do you expect to be the highlight of 2010?
Definitely Norwegian Epic’s inaugural celebrations in Southampton from June 22 to 24. Our guests will be among the first in the world to experience her unconventional facilities and breadth of world-class entertainment such as Broadway’s Blue Man Group.
Where did you take your main holiday in 2009?
I went on a fantastic cruise on Pride of America in Hawaii. Five islands in seven days! By far the best way to see this beautiful part of the world.
Where are you planning to vacation in 2010?
I plan to go to China. Shanghai and Beijing are two cities that have been on my ‘bucket list’ for some time. Beijing for history and culture, and Shanghai for glitz, glamour and nightlife.
What’s your dream destination?
Definitely Patagonia. In fact the whole of South America interests me as I’m yet to explore that continent.
What is the biggest pressure of work?
Dealing with the latest priority. How do new priorities emerge from certain parts of the corporate world before the last ‘do or die’ one has been dealt with?
How do you relax?
I am an avid golfer and that’s how I like to relax on the weekend. However I’ve recently taken up cycling to work which is a great way to unwind (and avoid the pub!)
TOMORROW: Nigel Lingard, of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and Bill Gibbons, of the Passenger Shipping Association.