One of the original co-founders of Oceania Cruises in 2002 has returned as president and chief operating officer of Prestige Cruise Holdings.

Jason Montague’s appointment by new Oceania and Regent Seven Seas Cruises parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings follows the resignation of Kunal Kamlani.

Prestige Cruise Holdings chief executive, Frank Del Rio, said Montague had played a key part in creating the great brands that have been built at Prestige.

“We are confident that both the Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands will continue to prosper and grow with Jason at the helm,” said Del Rio.

Norwegian Cruise Holdings president and chief executive, Kevin Sheehan, said: “As we continue to refine the future organisation, Jason stands out as a leader who is knowledgeable about the brands and is so passionate about them.

“Jason’s financial background also aligns well with our corporate culture and strong focus on financial discipline.”

Most recently, Montague served as executive vice president and chief integration officer for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Prior to the acquisition, he served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of Prestige.

During his 12-year tenure, he helped Del Rio launch Oceania Cruises in 2002 and has seen the company through the purchase of its initial three R-class vessels, equity investment by Apollo Management, the acquisition and integration of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the financing and delivery of new ships Marina and Riviera and the recent takeover by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Montague said: “I am truly excited to take the helm of these two amazing brands which have had so much success and have such a bright future ahead.

“I look forward to building relationships with the travel agent community, delivering an exceptional product for our loyal guests, and engaging our hard-working team members.”