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Azamara appoints Silversea veteran to direct deployment/destinations

Michael Pawlus - brings first-hand knowledge of more than 450 ports in 75 countries
Azamara Club Cruises appointed seasoned itinerary/deployment professional Michael Pawlus as director, strategic itinerary & destination planning. Pawlus joins from Silversea Cruises.

'Our unique ports of call and shore excursion offerings are what differentiate our brand and we take great pride in our distinctive itineraries and land discovery programs,' said Azamara president and ceo Larry Pimentel.

Pawlus brings 'deep expertise in this arena with his exceptional luxury deployment background, strong yield revenue and rich financial and charter experience,' he added. 'We look forward to his fresh approach to add to our always evolving programs.'

Pawlus will oversee the development and deployment of 65 to 70 annual itineraries for Azamara across the globe. He will work alongside Francisco Mallmann, associate vp strategic planning & revenue management, Azamara.

'I am thrilled to join the Azamara team and look forward to taking on this new role,' Pawlus said. 'I’ve worked in the cruise industry nearly my entire career and have traveled to over 450 ports in 75 countries around the world. I can’t wait to work with the team at Azamara as I’ve always admired its programs from afar.'

At Silversea Pawlus was director of strategic itinerary planning since April 2011 and recently handled an eight-ship fleet. Before Silversea he held positions at Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Uniworld River Cruises and Delta Queen Steamboat Co. Pawlus started his cruise industry career with Royal Viking Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, where he spent 14 years.

Until recently Azamara itineraries were largely the work of Claudius Docekal, director of deployment, destinations and charter sales. As earlier reported, he joined Crystal Cruises.

According to Silversea, a successor to Pawlus has not been named.