Windstar Cruises’ President departs

John Delaney steps down, Chris Prelog promoted to COO

The departing Windstar President John Delaney
Christopher Prelog, Windstar Cruises' newly appointed Chief Operating Officer

Windstar Cruises‘ President of nearly four years, John Delaney, is stepping down from his position “to focus on personal priorities,” the luxury cruise company has confirmed.

Andrew Todd, President and CEO of Xanterra Leisure Holding – the parent company of Windstar Cruises – will continue as CEO of the small-ship cruise line. It is not clear at this time if a replacement President for the brand was being sought.

Windstar said Delaney, who exits the role on Wednesday 4 March, 2020, will “provide advice to the brand during the transition” throughout March.

Vice President of Fleet Operations at Windstar Cruises and former VP at Seabourn Cruise Line, Christopher Prelog, has stepped into the role of Chief Operating Officer of Windstar Cruises.

Prelog’s entire career has been in hospitality and the cruise industry. He commenced his career on ships.

Xanterra’s Chief Marketing Officer Betsy O’Rourke (former SVP of Marketing at Royal Caribbean), will lend her expertise to the Windstar brand during this “exciting time of growth and expansion highlighted by the US$250 million Star Plus Initiative”, the company said in a statement.

The Star Plus Initiative involved all three of Windstar’s yacht-like ships (half of Windstar’s entire fleet) being lengthened to feature new suites, dining venues and public spaces.  The first of the ‘new’ stretched ships, Star Breeze, returns to service  in May 2020, while Star Legend is about to commence her stretching.

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