Crystal River Cruises‘ Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Walter Littlejohn, has stood down from the company after it suspended voyages to examine its future business plan after parent firm, Genting Hong Kong, filed to be would up last week.
Littlejohn had been with Crystal River Cruises’ for more than five-and-a-half years, joining just ahead of the launch of Crystal Mozart in mid-2016.
He also oversaw the delivery of four subsequent new-build Rhine-class vessels to the company – Crystal Bach (2017), Crystal Mahler (2017), Crystal Debussy (2018), and Crystal Ravel (2018).
“I’m proud of what we created and what we’ve delivered: the very best of Crystal on an exceptional and highly differentiated river cruise platform, Littlejohn told Seatrade-Cruise. “We delivered an experience that time and time again customers, and travel advisors who were able to experience it, shared that it was the best vacation they ever had. The food, service and accommodations truly excelled.”
He shared that Crystal River Cruises had achieved strong occupancy levels year-on-year, including 97% in 2019.
“It’s so sad that was interrupted by COVID. 2020 was going to be a phenomenal year for us, and 2022 was trending to be phenomenal, then came Delta and Omicron,” Littlejohn said.
The river cruise specialist, who prior to his role at Crystal was a senior executive at AmaWaterways, will take a short break before re-entering the cruise arena.