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Voyages to Antiquity to Cease Operations

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Small-ship cruise line Voyages to Antiquity announced that it will cease operations at the end of next month.

The company’s lone ship, Aegean Odyssey recently experienced engine problems that forced the cruise line, which specializes in historical and cultural voyages to Europe, to cancel at least 10 summer sailings.

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“Whilst we are pleased to advise that the ship has now been fully repaired and that the final four cruises of the 2019 season will go ahead as scheduled, the serious issue has had an impact on the future plans for Voyages to Antiquity and repairing the ship has been the absolute priority for management and the focus of the company during this difficult period,” managing director Jos Dewing said in a statement.

“It is therefore with regret that we have taken the difficult decision to close Voyages to Antiquity at the end of October 2019, at which point our office in Oxford (U.K.) will close.”

Dewing added that it will be “business as normal” over the next two months. “We will have staff answering calls and supporting those passengers still traveling with us in 2019.”

After October, customers will be directed to the company’s U.S. office.

Voyages to Antiquity joined the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) just last year.

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Windstar President John Delaney to Step Down, Prelog Elevated to COO

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John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises since July 2016, will step down March 4 “to focus on personal priorities,” the company announced Feb. 28.

Andrew Todd, president and CEO of parent company Xanterra Leisure Holding, will continue as CEO of the small-ship cruise line. Delaney will provide advice to the brand during the transition through March.

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Christopher Prelog, vice president of fleet operations at Windstar and former vice president at Seabourn Cruise Line, will assume the role as chief operating officer of Windstar Cruises.

In addition, Betsy O’Rourke, chief marketing officer for Xanterra and the former senior vice president of marketing at Royal Caribbean, will lend her expertise to the Windstar brand.

This is a time of growth and expansion for the small-ship line. Its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative will lengthen three of Windstar’s yacht-like motor ships so new suites, dining venues and public spaces can be added. The first of the stretched ships, Star Breeze, is slated to return to service in May 2020.

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