Windstar Cruises has appointed Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Prelog, as the company’s president, filling the void left vacant by John Delaney who stood down earlier this year after nearly four years in the role.
Prelog will report to Andrew N. Todd, CEO of Windstar Cruises and of Xanterra Travel Collection (the Colorado-based group of companies that includes Windstar).
Prelog began his career in the cruise industry with Seabourn, working first as a waiter, then in onboard hotel operations and as head of all ship operations before joining Windstar nearly four years ago.
The cruise executive has a long and distinguished career in the cruise industry and the world of hospitality. While he began his career at various Hilton Hotels in Austria, he entered the world of cruise vacations when he signed aboard Seabourn Legend. There he rose through the ranks and held the positions of Headwaiter, Restaurant Manager, and Hotel Director before advancing to Manager of Hotel Operations, Director of Hotel Operations and Vice President of Hotel Operations and Purchasing for Seabourn Cruise Line.
“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,” Todd remarked.
Prelog said he was excited and humbled to lead the Windstar team.
“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 honoured to be chosen for this important role.”