NEW boss for Cruise Whitsundays
NICK Hortle is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cruise Whitsundays, taking over this week from Peter O’Reilly.
Mr Hortle moved to the Whitsundays to take on the role and is a former CEO of Captain Cook Cruises based in Sydney.
He said he was looking forward to being part of the Whitsundays community and wanted the company to operate the best ferry service in Australia.
He is keen on fitness, completing his eighth City to Surf event in Sydney this year and is also a dinghy sailor.
Mr Hortle said he wanted to bring proper value to the amalgamation of the former Fantasea business and Cruise Whitsundays and it was important to provide a reliable and efficient service to the passengers and the community.
Cruise Whitsundays has a new timetable starting today (see page 18) which includes an extra service to Hamilton Island to accommodate the extra Virgin flight from Melbourne.
The company has recently taken delivery of two new ferries – Kingfish and Cobia.
A former Fantasea vessel has also been re-built and re-named and is now operating as Seahorse.
Mr O’Reilly, who was at the head of Cruise Whitsundays for 12 months, said it had been a “fantastic year of change here with the business doubling over- night and trying to get control of that”.
“We’ve spent about $10million on new vessels in that time so it’s been a wonderful experience to be involved with that.”
Mr O’Reilly did not confirm his future plans but said he was hoping to stay in the region and was enjoying spending time with his family.
Cruise Whitsundays will also have a new general manager of operations, Gary Kilby, who will start in September
Mr Kilby is currently part of the management team on Hamilton Island and until 2007, he worked for Fantasea Cruises.
FRESH FACE: New CEO of Cruise Whitsundays Nick Hortle with Executive Director Chris Jacobs.