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Old 01-29-2005, 08:32 PM
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Popular NCL hotel director James Deering has changed his venue and yesterday signed onto Holland America's Oosterdam as the hotel director. Deering has had a long career in the cruise industry, becoming practically became an institution as the hotel manager on Norwegian Star, bringing that ship out for NCL and remaining with it on a regular basis until he left it to help in the recruiting and training process for the sister line, NCL America. He also served as hotel director on Pride of Aloha for this ship's initial voyages. Deering said he doesn't know if Oosterdam will be his permanent assignment, or if he'll shortly transfer to another ship, but he is anxious to resume his now-famous wine-tasting seminars again (in which he could never "fully participate" due to company regulations on NCL).