The Cruise Portfolio is now the official GSA of Windstar Cruises, with Anna Perrott its business development manager.
The company also represents Crystal Cruises and Paul Gauguin Cruises.
Perrott said: “While many cruise lines have paused operation, research is showing that regular cruisers are increasingly looking at smaller ships with fewer guests which is perfect for Windstar. As a cruise line that sells exclusively through the trade, we are keen to engage with our travel agent partners as much as possible and provide them with all the tools they need to sell the product. With support from the experienced team at The Cruise Portfolio, I’ll be offering webinars, training sessions, virtual ship visits, fantastic incentives and, when the time is right, familiarisation trips to enable agents to experience the Wind Class ships or the $250 million refit of Star Plus Class ships. We will also be offering great agent rates for their own holidays.”
In the last few days Windstar has also promoted Chris Prelog to president, reporting into Andrew Todd, the company’s CEO. Prelog began his career in the cruise industry as a waiter on board Seabourn.
“Chris is the perfect person for this role,” said Todd, “As Windstar’s Chief Operating Officer, he has led the $250 million dollar Star Plus investment in expanding and renovating our three all-suite yachts in addition to managing our operations through this pandemic. His in-depth knowledge and expertise of the small ship cruise business combined with his collaborative leadership style have won the hearts, minds and respect of the Windstar crew and corporate team alike.”
“I am excited and humbled to lead this tremendously talented team at Windstar,” added Prelog. “I know this has been the most challenging year for the cruise industry and our teams at Windstar and Xanterra have worked together across all disciplines to implement Our Beyond Ordinary Care program and numerous plans in response to the pandemic. I am so proud of the work that we have delivered as a team and honored to be chosen for this important role.”