Co-founders Gene Meehan and Fredy Dellis introduced some of the first renderings of key spaces on the ship along with a preview of the Owners Suites during an interview with host Maria Bartiromo on the "Mornings With Maria" show broadcast on Fox Business News, the nation's #1 rated business news channel.
A growing number of cruise lines—operating riverboats and ocean-going vessels—are redefining their onboard amenities, culinary programs and shore excursions to appeal to the growing number of “active” midlife travelers. They’re crafting menus with healthy options, bringing fitness activities and experts onboard, and designing new excursions and itineraries.
Next year sees the launch of Blue World Voyages, a cruise line entirely focused on wellness. Founded by Gene Meehan, who started and then ran the Downtown Athletic Club—Miami’s largest commercial health club—for ten years, Blue World will debut the first of its refit 350-passenger ships next spring.
A new cruise line project in the works in Miami wants to be unlike anything else afloat. That means no buffets, no shuffleboard and no slot machines. It does mean a retractable pool that will let guests plunge into the ocean — instead of chlorinated water — with a net to protect them from the surrounding sea life.
John B. Richards, former president of Starbucks, N.A. and other iconic companies, has taken the helm of Blue World Voyages as chief executive officer. Gene Meehan, chairman and founder of Blue World Voyages, said Richards will work closely with him and the development team to introduce this new cruise brand fully dedicated to sports, wellness and active lifestyle consumers.
Showing the depth of the demand for wellness, fitness and “personal healing” is the future launch of Blue World Voyages, a new upscale, small-ship line designed totally with a wellness and active lifestyle focus. Gene Meehan, the line’s chairman and founder, is a health, fitness and spa entrepreneur as well as a competitive rower, climber and golfer. Blue World’s co-founder and CEO is John Richards, a former executive with Starbucks, Four Seasons Hotels, The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden, and early in his career, Royal Viking Line.