Fresh off the news of a big expansion that includes three new ships, a private jet, river cruises and a luxury yacht, Crystal Cruises has named Helen Panagos as vice president of marketing and sales for its new Crystal Yacht Cruises.
The new Crystal Esprit will host 62 guests and begin sailing in December 2015.
In her new role, Panagos will be responsible for driving all marketing and sales efforts for Crystal’s first-ever brand extension as well play a vital role in the marketing direction of other special-branded projects.
Panagos was mostly recently the director of global product development at Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, where she was responsible for the Global Tour Operations team in developing the cruise brands under the corporate portfolio. In addition to a strong cruise product development background, Panagos is well versed in sales, passenger service and partnerships.
Based in Crystal’s Miami branch office, Panagos will report directly to Carmen Roig, senior vice president of marketing and sales.