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Oceania Cruises ramps up UK sales team

L-R: Kim Gough, Sam Richardson and Mark Godden join the UK sales team at Oceania Cruises
Oceania expanded its UK sales team with three new appointments amid strong bookings.

Mark Godden was named sales manager South, Sam Richardson is appointed regional sales executive with a focus on the North, and Kim Gough takes on the role of inside sales executive. 

The appointments follow the departure of Bernard Carter, who had been longtime managing director in the UK and for EMEA.

Godden most recently was head of product at Cruise Circle, and formerly held various roles at Norwegian Cruise Line, while Richardson previously worked for Ambassador Cruise Line and World Travel Holdings. Both report directly to Louise Craddock, director of sales, UK and Ireland, and will be on the road supporting travel partners in their regions.

Kim Gough, based in the line’s Southampton head office, previously supported the Central Europe sales operation. She will report to Leah Williams, senior sales support executive. 

Craddock commented, ‘I am delighted that we have strengthened our UK and Ireland sales team with strong candidates at such an exciting time for Oceania Cruises. Mark, Sam and Kim bring extensive experience and a fresh perspective to the team.’  

These new members of the team aim to ensure that the cruise line continues to strengthen trade connections throughout its 20th year, consolidating relationships across the UK and Ireland. 

Response to strong bookings 

Oceania said it has seen bookings go from strength to strength since introducing the 'simply MORE' promotion.

Plus, with the introduction of Vista in May – the brand’s first Allura Class ship – bookings are stronger than ever, a trend Oceania expects to see continue with the launch of Allura in 2025.