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A&K Group reveals new boss for Crystal Cruises and reduced ship capacity

A&K Group Travel has taped Jack Anderson to head up its recently acquired Crystal Cruises, alongside Bernie Leypold as SVP of hotel operations.

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, co-chairman of the A&K Travel Group, Cristina Levis, CEO of A&K Travel Group, and executives from shipbuilder Fincantieri welcomed the arrival of A&K’s newly acquired Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity to Trieste, Italy, over the weekend, where the ships will undergo an extensive refurb.

Lefebvre took advantage of the occasion to announce Anderson as the line’s president.

“Geoffrey Kent and Manfredi Lefebvre are icons and innovators in luxury travel,” Anderson said.

“With their ownership, leadership and vision for these ships and the award-winning Crystal Cruises brand, we are embarking on a new and exciting chapter. We and the entire Crystal Cruises family look forward to welcoming guests again soon.”

Leypold said it was an honour to join the new Crystal Cruises team and said he was committed to not only recreate, but enhance the service, cuisine, entertainment, and shore experiences in collaboration with our sister company, Abercrombie & Kent.

“We welcome the return of members of our loyal and well-trained Crystal crew to our family and they will be given priority in the hiring process.”

Levis also revealed that as part of the ships’ refurbishments, some state rooms would be combined, creating more butler suites and reducing overall guest capacity.

The group said it would soon reveal further employment opportunities on the Crystal Cruises website.



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