Regent Seven Seas Cruises has welcomed back a familiar face, with the appointment of Steve Odell to the role of Chief Sales Officer. Odell, a respected cruise and luxury travel veteran, returns to the brand where he spent seven years as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region.
Effective immediately, Odell will ultimately work out of Miami, where he will report directly to Regent Seven Seas Cruises President Andrea DeMarco.
Among his responsibilities, Odell will steer sales across all booking channels while strengthening travel partner relationships.
“I couldn’t be happier to be returning to Regent at such an exciting time for the brand having just launched the sixth ship of The world’s most luxurious fleet, Seven Seas Grandeur,” he stated.
“The growth of the Regent fleet represents a tremendous opportunity for our fantastic travel advisors around the world and I look forward to growing our luxury cruise business together.”
DeMarco said he was “thrilled” with the appointment.
“His insight, knowledge and contacts within the luxury travel space will continue to allow us to position Regent for long-term success,” he said.
“Steve will be supported by an already strong team of sales leaders as we aim to empower and invest in our valued travel partners around the globe as together, we take Regent to new heights.”
Odell initially joined Regent in 2015 to help launch the Asia Pacific business for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ three brands.
In 2019, he shifted focus to drive strategic expansion and growth exclusively for Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises in the Asia Pacific market.
“Having worked with Steve for many years I know the breadth of knowledge and experience he will bring to this role, paying dividends for both Regent and our valued travel partners as we provide their clients with an unrivalled experience,” Regent Seven Seas Cruises Senior Vice President of Sales North America Shawn Tubman said.
“With Steve’s strong luxury travel acumen supporting our global sales strategy and the appetite for luxury cruising continuing to grow, it’s a great time for travel advisors to take advantage of the opportunities we offer, especially our generous Upgrade Your Horizon 2-category suite upgrade and low deposit offer.”
Regent Seven Seas Cruises Managing Director, International Caroline Smith echoed the applause for Odell’s return, “certain he will make significant contributions to the mutual success of Regent and our valued travel partners”.
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