01 November 2017: TUI UK & I can confirm Chris Hackney has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Marella Cruises and will take up his position from 1st December 2017. Hackney will report to Cruise and Distribution Director, Helen Caron.
Hackney joined TUI UK & I on the graduate scheme in 2001 and spent 14 years within the Commercial division, holding several Product, Trading and Cruise positions. Hackney has also worked on the French and Russian TUI businesses, where he used his expertise and knowledge to devise and implement new Product strategies for both companies.
Most recently Hackney joined the Cruise division in September 2015 as Commercial Director where he successfully managed the commercial aspects of launching Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2, as well as delivering two years of record trading results for the Cruise business.
Helen Caron, Cruise and Distribution for TUI UK and Ireland said: “I am delighted that Chris Hackney is to become the new Managing Director for Marella Cruises at such an exciting time for our business as we establish the Marella brand in the UK& I Cruise market, and launch of our newest ship Marella Explorer in the spring of 2018.
“Our Cruise business is core to the overall growth strategy for the UK&I business and I am confident that under his leadership Marella Cruises will go from strength to strength.”
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Marella Cruises, part of TUI UK and Ireland and TUI Group/World of TUI, is the third largest cruise line in the UK.
There are currently five ships in the Marella Cruises fleet, Marella Dream, Marella Celebration, Marella Discovery, Marella Discovery 2 and Spirit which won’t take the Marella name as she leaves the fleet after her final sailing next summer. New ship Marella Explorer will begin sailing in summer 2018.
Majesty will continue to sail as Thomson Majesty until 26th November.
Marella Cruises offers a unique experience with unrivalled entertainment and food on board, tips are also included giving customers the peace of mind they need when budgeting for their cruise holiday.
TUI UK & IRELAND
TUI UK and Ireland, part of TUI Group, is the business behind the TUI, First Choice and Marella Cruises brands, as well as Crystal Ski and TUI Lakes & Mountains. Sub brands include TUI Sensatori, TUI Family Life, TUI Sensimar, First Choice Holiday Villages and SplashWorld Resorts.
Its airline, TUI Airways – formerly Thomson Airways has 64 aircraft operating to over 70 destinations in 30 countries. It was the first airline in the UK to take delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and in 2018 will welcome new 737 MAXs to its fleet.
TUI UK and Ireland has a team of more than 10,000 employees and serves over six million customers each year.
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