By Published On: 15 Dec 2022

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Crystal Cruises has inched closer to relaunching with the appointment of key leadership roles, some of which have gone to former Silversea managers. What’s more, for the first time the company has hinted at the acquisition of new vessels.

“As we prepare to relaunch our two Crystal ships, we are thrilled to welcome these industry veterans to the Crystal family to bring a fresh approach to the brand.”

Jack Anderson – President, Crystal Cruises.
Crystal Serenity along side in Rhodes, Greece.
Crystal Serenity will be entirely refurbished for the relaunch of the luxury cruise line.

It is no surprise key positions have been filled by former Silversea executives. Crystal Cruises new co-owner, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, previously owned Silversea. Rumours of his most trusted former executives coalescing around him have been rife.

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, chairman of Heritage group, is a Crystal Cruises buyer.
Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, chairman of Heritage group, is one of the Crystal Cruises buyers.

Now we can confirm that Roberto Fazi has joined Crystal Cruises as Senior Vice President of Marine Operations. He will oversea the massive refurbishment of Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. He comes to Crystal Cruises after almost a decade at Silversea where he worked on ship lengthening (Silver Spirit) and ice-class conversion (Silver Cloud).

Also from Silversea comes Jacqueline Barney, the new head of Global Marketing. Spyros Almpertis also comes from Silversea and will be responsible for Crystal’s port operations and itinerary planning.

In addition, Bernie Leypold returns to Crystal Cruises to manage all Hotel Operations. In other words, he will oversea everything guests experience on board. Bernie’s time with Crystal dates back to the 1990’s, so he understands the brand intimately.

New Crystal ships

For the first time Crystal Cruises have hinted at the possible acquisition of new ships. In a statement the company indicated Roberto Fazi would also “supervise any new build designs”. It is perhaps no surprise this should fall within his brief as industry insiders suggest Crystal Cruises needs to expand to survive.

Crystal Cruises have previously told us they will set sail again in 2023. For more information vist the Crystal Cruises website.

About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

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