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Silversea's Sauleau goes to Crystal in wide-ranging new svp role

Christian Sauleau - will support the line's ocean, yacht and river cruises, as well as the Crystal Exclusive Class newbuilds
Crystal Cruises appointed long-time luxury cruise line executive Christian Sauleau to a newly created role as svp operations and total guest satisfaction. He'll oversee marine, hotel, food and beverage, entertainment and land programs, and will manage safety and security operations, as well as officer and crew hiring processes and development.

Sauleau reports to Thomas Mazloum, Crystal’s chief operating officer.

'Christian Sauleau’s esteemed career boasts a wealth of industry savvy—much of it gleaned from working in direct competition with Crystal—as well as experience in launching new ships and innovative enrichment programs,' Crystal president and ceo Edie Rodriguez said. 'We are thrilled he has agreed to join us as we continue to grow and encounter bigger opportunities and guest offerings than ever before, as our guests’ satisfaction remains paramount.'

Most recently Sauleau was evp fleet operations for Silversea Cruises, which had no word about a successor. He also held senior roles with Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Royal Viking Line.

In his prior roles, he has overseen the construction and launch of several luxury ships and facilitated innovative partnerships and on-board offerings with the likes of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris and with renowned chef Paul Bocuse. Other successes have included a partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society to offer the Ambassadors of the Environment program for young travelers.

In Sauleau's new position with Crystal, he will support the line’s ocean cruises, as well as Crystal Yacht Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Exclusive Class ships. He'll be working closely with Crystal’s teams in its Los Angeles headquarters and Miami branch office.