Paul Gauguin Cruises announced the appointment of David Kelly as Director of Vessel Operations.

“I am thrilled to welcome David Kelly to our team at Paul Gauguin Cruises,” said Diane Moore, President of Paul Gauguin Cruises.

“He brings extensive hotel operations experience with luxury cruise brands, a passion for innovation, and a wealth of management expertise.”

In his new position at Paul Gauguin Cruises, Kelly will be responsible for all in-house vessel operations, including hotel, port planning, purchasing, land programs, and entertainment programs onboard the company’s vessels.

He will report to Paul Gauguin Cruises’ Chief Operating Officer Florence Courbiere.

Kelly has more than 14 years of experience in cruise and hotel operations encompassing finance, hotel, port, marine, and yard operations.  Most recently, he was Vice President of Operations for American Queen Steamboat Company. 

Kelly has also previously served as Director of Vessel Operations for Prestige Cruise Holdings, the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  Prior to this, he held positions with Silversea Cruises, Renaissance Cruises, and consulted with Royal Caribbean International regarding the launch of Azamara. 

Besides his well-respected career in the cruise industry, Kelly has also served in regional management roles with Aurora Hotels & Resorts and MacDonald Hotels & Resorts, both based in Edinburgh, Scotland.  A native of Scotland, Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from Glasgow Caledonian University.