Plans are in motion to foster a deeper understanding of Starboard’s different cruise customers, brands and strategic objectives ready to capitalise on the restart of global cruise itineraries, President and Chief Executive Officer Lisa Bauer told TRBusiness during an ‘Adapt & Survive’ interview.
Bauer confirms Starboard’s onboard operations ‘are effectively shut down’, as she addresses how it is managing a number of contracts, including those on Royal Caribbean, while controlling a high volume of inventory onboard spanning many luxury boutiques and brands.
“We are really working closely with the cruise lines,” she said. “At this point in time, none of the shops are selling on our ships. We have limited staff, really for asset protection. We’re really spending the time examining our inventory and thinking about what our restart plans look like.”
Unsurprisingly, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the company’s shoreside and onboard teams remain a priority for the Miami-headquartered firm.
As it navigates a quagmire of uncertainty, Starboard confirms it has received financial support and resource from Group company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
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