Paul Gauguin Cruises has announced the appointment of Sharla Smith as Director of Sales, Southeast Region, which encompasses Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.   

“I am thrilled to welcome Sharla Smith to our team,” said Sandy Stevens, Vice President of Sales for Paul Gauguin Cruises.

“Sharla brings extensive cruise sales experience along with deep industry knowledge and will be a valuable addition to Paul Gauguin Cruises.”

In her new position at Paul Gauguin Cruises, Sharla will be responsible for presenting and selling Paul Gauguin Cruises to travel agency partners and top accounts, building and maintaining key travel agency partner relationships, and providing account management, promotions, and product seminars.

A veteran of the travel industry, Sharla has worked in the airline, corporate travel, leisure travel, and cruise sectors.  Most recently, she spent 16 years with the Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCCL), and was a top sales performer for its cruise brands Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity, Celebrity Xpeditions, and Royal Caribbean International.  She served as a Regional Sales Manager at Celebrity Cruises for the past ten years.

Prior to her time at RCCL, Sharla was an executive at SST Travel School with 52 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She also owned and managed leisure travel agencies specializing in cruise vacations and FIT tour arrangements.  A cruise enthusiast, having sailed on more than 100 voyages on multiple cruise lines, Sharla is also a CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor.