Crystal 2.0 builds cruise veteran ranks

Additional key appointments to join leadership team

Jacqueline Barney, SVP of Global Marketing, Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises continues to build its workforce, appointing numerous senior executives for key leadership roles within the company. Their appointments come as the company plans the refurbishment of Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony for their inaugural season under new ownership.

“As we prepare to relaunch our two Crystal ships, we have been working in parallel with our parent company A&K Travel Group to build a strong and talented senior leadership team,” said Jack Anderson, President, Crystal Cruises.

“We are thrilled to welcome these industry veterans to the Crystal family to bring a fresh approach to the brand,” Anderson remarked.

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Among the hires are the following:

Roberto Fazi joins as Crystal Cruises’ Senior Vice President of Marine Operations and is based in Monaco. Fazi brings extensive experience with new builds and refurbishment of both classic and expedition vessels. During his 30+ years career, he worked for V.Ships, Carnival Cruise Line, and Silversea Cruises where he specialised in the latest technologies connected to sustainability and energy efficiency projects. In his new role, Fazi will supervise the refurbishment of Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity and operations once back in service. He will also supervise any new build designs.

As announced in July, Bernie Leypold returns to Crystal Cruises as Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations based in Aventura, Florida. His career ranges from leadership roles in Hotel Management and Sales to IT and

Robert Fazi, Senior Vice President of Marine Operations, Crystal Cruises

Entertainment. Leypold’s experience with Crystal began in the 90s when he held various positions on Crystal Harmony, then joined the launch team for Crystal Serenity. In 2017 he became Vice President of Onboard Operations and Innovations where he led shipboard and shoreside operations for the fleet. Like his previous role, Leypold will now manage all Hotel Operations.

Jacqueline Barney (pictured above) joins the team as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and is based in Aventura, Florida. With over 17 years of experience in the travel industry, Barney brings extensive experience leading award-winning cross-functional teams, global product launches and multi-faceted projects for well-known travel brands including Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, National Geographic Expeditions and Adventures by Disney. In her most recent role with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Barney oversaw the global marketing strategy and contributed to the launch of the company’s first superyacht, Evrima. In her new role, she will be responsible for all global marketing efforts for Crystal Cruises.

Spyros Almpertis – who departed Silversea at the end of June 2022 after 13 years with the brand – joins Crystal Cruises as Senior Director of Port Operations and is based in Monaco. As a former Navy Officer of Greece, Almpertis has over 30 years of experience in the cruise industry, holding several key management positions both ashore and on board. His expertise includes port operations, itinerary planning, and fleet management. At Silversea, Almpertis managed vessels and ports out of Monaco. In his new role, Almpertis will be responsible for Crystal’s port operations, itinerary planning, and fuel management.

Julio Solvas joins Crystal Cruises as Finance Director and is based in Monaco. His expertise is in finance, accounting, and taxation, leading departments for global organisations. Solvas will be bringing his organisational skills and technical excellence earned, along with a recognised career in the cruise industry piloting the implementation of policies and procedures assuring compliance with regional and international group accounting requirements.

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