Tuesday, December 07, 2004

ONWARD & UPWARD: Amid the male-dominated cruise industry, veteran cruise exec Deborah L. Natansohn, president of Seabourn Cruise Line, was elected 2004 Travel Executive of the Year by the weekly Travel Trade. The honor results from nods of more than 3,000 travel agent pros in the 75-year old magazine's 18th annual industry-wide poll. Many agents cited Natansohn's career-long support of the agency community, along with her role in the immensely successful debut of Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 while she was the line’s senior v.p. of sales and marketing from 2000 until her appointment last July as the ultra-luxury line president. For her part, Natansohn credits travel agents as the men and women “who really know what makes our industry work.” Natansohn began her career as a journalist, and her experience has included a stint in London as director of marketing for tour operator Travelers International. She also held senior sales and marketing positions for Pearl Cruises and Orient Lines, and was president of the latter from 1998 until 2000. Seabourn’s three all-suite ships sail seven to 16-day itineraries to the world’s most desirable destinations. Seabourn topped a recent poll of readers of Departures, published exclusively for American Express Platinum and Centurion card members. To book, call Seabourn at (800) 929-9391.