Dondra Ritzenthaler Takes the Helm as CEO of Azamara Cruises

Azamara Cruises is celebrating the beginning of a new chapter as Dondra Ritzenthaler officially begins her role as the company’s chief executive officer. The small-ship cruise line is known for its “Destination Immersion” and “Extended Destination Days.”

A travel industry veteran with more than four decades of experience, Ritzenthaler has become known for her passion, positivity and dedication to travel partners, according to the line. With her extensive experience in the cruise industry, proven success in sales and well-established relationships with trade partners, Ritzenthaler is "poised to lead Azamara Cruises into a new era of expansion and excellence."

“I’m thrilled to be officially joining the incredible Azamara team,” said Ritzenthaler, CEO of Azamara Cruises. “I am very proud of what Azamara has already built and their growth as an independent cruise line, and I plan to drive our company’s growth even further by energizing and inspiring the team to be the best in the business.”

Dan Hanrahan, chair of Azamara Cruises, said: “We’ve eagerly awaited this day since announcing Dondra’s appointment, and we are confident that she will lead our team to into a new phase of growth while maintaining the integrity of our commitment to ‘Destination Immersion’ and an exceptional guest experience.”

With a fleet of four intimate-style ships, Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest, Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Onward, the cruise line allows travelers to reach marquee ports around the world and dock in smaller, hidden gem destinations. Azamara Cruises is committed to creating immersive experiences for guests through “Extended Destination Days” (10 or more hours in port) for a more meaningful travel experience.

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