peter whelpton | whelpton consulting
peter whelpton | whelpton consulting

Peter Whelpton | Whelpton Consulting
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peter whelpton | whelpton consulting
peter whelpton | cruis lines industry consultant

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Whelpton Consulting, Inc.

International Cruise & Ferry Magazine (Spring/Summer 2012), published an article written by Peter Whelpton regarding "The Business of Home Porting" The article explains in detail, the necessary requirements to qualify as a homeport for passenger cruise ships.

Whelpton Consulting, Inc., Consulted with Local Government
In Savannah, Georgia to establish them as a Home Port for Cruise Ships

Savannah’s interest in pursuing a cruise ship to designate the city as its home port got a big boost from a Florida consultant on Monday, 11.23.09.  Peter Whelpton, President of Whelpton Consulting, toured Savannah and traveled its’ river to check prospective sites for a home port, then met with businessmen , city officials and river pilots to discuss issues related to bringing a cruise to the Hostess City.  He believes the city could be a home base for ships carrying 2,500 to 3,000 passengers.  “I think you would be a good candidate for a home port,” he told one group.  “The city itself is marvelous.  I have never seen a city so steeped in history.  You have a good river, its wide, its deep; you have a good turning basin.”  “I’m reasonably sure you can get the first (cruise line).  And once you get the first one, others follow.”  A task force studying the cruise initiative, which is headed by Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas, agreed to pursue a feasibility study that would address the cost estimates for building a terminal, parking garages and other needed infrastructure.  Last week, State Senator, Lester Jackson committed to pursuing state funds for a study.

“Savannah Morning News”, dated 11.24.09 (portions taken from this publication)

Whelpton Consulting, Inc.
Creates Four New Restaurants and Beverage Operation
for Celebration Cruise Line

Whelpton Consulting, of Palmetto Bay, FL has recently completed a four restaurant and beverage operation for Fort Lauderdale based Celebration Cruise Line's "Bahamas Celebration". The ship sails from Port Everglades, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas.

Pete Whelpton, President of Whelpton Consulting Inc. was engaged by Celebration Cruise Line to create the new restaurant complex that includes Rio's, a Brazilian Steak House, Tattoria Di Gerry, an Italian sidewalk cafe' (named in honor of the owners Father), the elegant Crystal Dining Room, and an intimate Gourmet Restaurant. The project also included a complete beverage operation with seven bars and three wine cellars.

All dining facilities are serviced from one galley. "This was a tremendous challenge for our Chef and his staff to prepare and serve such variety from one small galley and to prepare food for 352 crew members at the same time" said Whelpton. "The owner admitted that he did not have food knowledge and it was up to me to deliver the product."

Starting with an empty desk and a telephone, Whelpton first recruited Corporate Executive Chef, Fritz Mariacher, with fourteen years experience at Royal Viking Line. Mariachi then brought Walter Schipple onboard as Executive Chef. Whelpton and his senior management team that included Beverage Operations Manager Luis Ortega, formally with Celebrity Cruise Line then recruited 105 galley and beverage personnel. "We did most of the recruiting from our own sources", Pete noted.

We also developed new menus, uniforms, carving equipment, recipes, cutlery, crockery and napery. "We even gave our servers some Italian singing lessons" he says.

"The result of this effort was that we had no food complaints for the first six cruises. I always enjoy a challenge and we did it all in just six months while the ship was under renovation" said Whelpton.

For more information contact:

Peter Whelpton,
Whelpton Consulting Inc.
16716 N.W. 173rd Terrace
Alachua (Gainesville), FL 32615
Phone; 305.632.6020

peter whelpton | whelpton consulting
peter whelpton | whelpton consulting

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Cruise Line, which operated the M/V Nili on three- and four-day cruises out of Miami, as General Manager.
In 1969, I joined Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, a new line created especially for the Caribbean market, and for the next 30 years held the following executive positions: Hotel Operations Manager; Vice President, Hotel Operations; and Executive Vice President. In the latter position, I managed the entire company, reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer. For the last six years, I held the position of Executive Vice President, Hotel Operations, and was a member of the companyís Executive Committee.
I served as Chairman of the Northwest Cruise Ship Association, representing all the cruise lines located in the Pacific Northwest and the west coast of the United States. I am a former commissioner and vice chairman of the Florida State Board of Pilot Commissioners, President Emeritus of the Florida Association of Marine Industries, a director of the Propeller Clubís International Seamanís Park, a member of the International Committee of Passenger Lines, a member and former chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, a member and former chairman of the Founderís Board of the MAST Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Restaurant Sciences. I hold the rank of Maitre Hotelier with the Chaine Des Rotissuers Culinary Society and am an advisor to the Cuban American National Foundationís Board of Governors as well as being a member of the Foundationís Blue Ribbon Committee for the Reconstruction of Cuba. I am also a Master Knight in The Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vice and a member of the culinary society Les Amis díEscoffier. Additionally, I am now a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Florida.
Upon leaving Royal Caribbean in 1999, I formed Whelpton Consulting, a company specializing in passenger cruise ship management, destination development and seaport development. Please see Clients and Projects for a list of the companyís clients and the projects in which the company has participated.