Silversea Cruises has announced the appointment of Bob Simpson as Vice President of Shipping Product Development.
Reporting to Conrad Combrink, Senior Vice President of Shipping, Destination and Route Management, Simpson will be responsible for creating and overseeing the implementation of the company’s shipping product delivery strategy. It will work closely with regulatory and destination stakeholders to continue to develop and deliver innovative and unique shipping experiences.
With a career spanning over 30 years in the hospitality industry, Simpson has been involved in expedition cruises since 1998 and has expertise in developing and operating expeditions to polar regions and other remote destinations. Simpson joins Silversea Cruises, having served as Vice President of Expedition Cruising at Abercrombie & Kent, where he oversaw the development and operations of the company’s expedition products for nearly 20 years.
“We are honored and delighted to welcome Bob to our team at Silversea,” said Combrink. “With a career that spans decades and a wealth of expertise, few people in the industry can match Bob’s knowledge of the growing expedition cruise industry. It’s been an incredibly exciting for Silversea: We recently took ownership of Silver Endeavour℠, one of the most luxurious expedition ships in the world, and we are on a strong growth trajectory Bob’s innovative approach and enthusiasm for delivering unique experiences will enhance our unparalleled shipping offering to all new levels for the enjoyment of our customers.His in-depth understanding of remote regions and regulatory processes will also strengthen our commitment to environmental stewardship and our close collaborations with the communities we we visit, ensuring a positive impact on all our destinations.”
“I am delighted to join the Silversea Cruises team at a time of growth for both the company and the expedition cruise industry,” said Simpson. “I look forward to working with some of the best in the industry to bring our customers incredible experiences in some of the most remote corners of the planet.”
Simpson was previously Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators. In this capacity, Simpson worked actively with a wide range of stakeholders and was deeply involved in tourism management, environmental protection, safety and community engagement.