Crystal Cruises has named travel industry veteran Walter Littlejohn Vice President & Managing Director of Crystal River Cruises. Littlejohn will step into the role 06JUN, just over one month before the maiden voyage of the line’s 1st river ship, Crystal Mozart, which will sail on the Danube from Vienna 13JUL.
“Walter comes to Crystal at a pivotal time for Crystal River Cruises, and his wealth of expertise and driving spirit will certainly help ensure excellence during the launch of our river experiences and this period of extraordinary growth,” says Edie Rodriguez, Crystal’s CEO & President.
Littlejohn’s 24 yr. tenure in the travel industry spans several executive and leadership roles, most recently as Vice President with AmaWaterways, where he oversaw operational components including reservation sales, inventory management and customer relations.
Littlejohn also possesses strong ties to the travel agent community, having co-founded his own agency at the beginning of his career, which he ran for 14 years.
His appointment comes on the heels of the announcement of the departure of longtime Crystal executive, Philip Ordever. Littlejohn will divide his time between the Miami branch office and the Crystal River Cruises’ headquarters, located in Amsterdam. He will report to Crystal’s COO, Thomas Mazloum and S.V.P. of Marketing & Sales, Carmen Roig.
Over the next 2 years, Crystal River Cruises will see 6 additional new builds, beginning with river yachts Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler, Crystal Bach and Crystal Ravel in the summer of 2017.