Justin Pearson, previously at Carnival UK, has been named as head of sales and marketing at The Cruise Portfolio.

He takes over from Ray Steward from April 14 and will be responsible for The Cruise Portfolio’s sales, marketing and reservations teams, promoting Crystal Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Lindblad Expeditions, Windstar Cruises and Tauck European River Cruising in the UK.

Pearson has worked in the industry since 1989 for Cunard, P&O Princess Cruises and Carnival UK.

Steward, who was with The Cruise Portfolio for more than two years, is to remain in the travel sector. Details of his new position are expected to be announced within weeks.

Edwina Lonsdale, managing director at Mundy Cruising plc, said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome to the team someone with Justin’s depth of experience who is so highly thought of by UK cruise agents.

“We knew that Ray would be a hard act to follow, but in Justin we are confident we have found a worthy successor, with a huge range of skills to bring to The Cruise Portfolio.”

Pearson said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining The Cruise Portfolio. The company has an excellent reputation within the industry and I’m excited at the thought of working with such a well respected team and selling a quality product.

“I look forward to further strengthening the Cruise Portfolio’s existing relationships with its agency partners within this dynamic and exciting sector.”