Crystal appoints new GSA for GCC region


Cruise line Crystal has appointed The Luxury Cruise Portfolio, part of the Century Travel Group, as its exclusive General Sales Agent (GSA) for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region including Oman, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. 

This new addition continues to strengthen the brand’s presence in the Middle East following its return to service earlier this year under the new guardianship of A&K Travel Group and an extensive multi-million-dollar refurbishment of both ships, Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.

Led by industry veteran and founder of Century Travel Group, Dan Essex, The Luxury Cruise Portfolio will handle all trade inquiries and bookings for Crystal. Essex, known for his deep appreciation and understanding of high-end cruising, is looking forward to working closely with partners in the GCC region, a statement said.

“I am incredibly proud to once again represent Crystal in the GCC,” he stated.  “This brand holds a special place in my heart, and I am eager to showcase the unrivalled service and extraordinary experiences Crystal offers. I am committed to working hand in hand with our agent partners to create unforgettable cruise journeys for their discerning clients.”

“Century Travel has decades of experience in the region,” said Vice President, Sales UK & EMEA Andrew Magowan. “With their experience representing the former Crystal, they are a natural choice to represent us in the region moving forward. We look forward to relaunching our exceptional product in the GCC and Cyprus.”

Crystal has been synonymous with exceptional service, extraordinary destinations and unparalleled world-class dining and entertainment. With Essex and Century Travel at the forefront, the brand’s commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences to guests is further strengthened, it said.