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Breaking News: Sea Cloud Cruises Set to Open Fort Lauderdale Office

The exclusive cruise line has staffed up to elevate its North American profile.

Sea Cloud Cruises, one of the world’s most storied names in cruise travel, is adding senior leadership in North America dedicated to growing the market. The company announced today that Mirell Reyes has been appointed to Sea Cloud Cruises’ executive team as president, overseeing all sales, marketing, and communications in North America. Joining her is Kevin Smith as vice president of sales, focused on consortia, travel advisors, groups, and new charter partnerships for the brand. Sea Cloud Cruises US will operate out of Fort Lauderdale.

“The Sea Cloud experience is one steeped in history, sustainability and luxurious European service, which resonates with today’s traveler,” says Sea Cloud Cruises US CEO Daniel Schaefer. “Mirell’s and Kevin’s vast cruise knowledge and background in the luxury high-end market combined with their strong industry relationships, will play a major role in growing the Americas.”

For over 20 years Reyes has built a career in travel and hospitality, most recently as president of Star Clippers Americas where she also held the role of vice president of sales for the German speaking markets. Her extensive career includes serving as executive director of sales and marketing for TUI Leisure Travel, with suppliers including Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Cunard Line and Holland America offering tailor-made voyages to high-net-worth individuals.

“I am honored to take on the role of bringing and elevating the storied Sea Cloud brand to North America, introducing our iconic Sea Cloud, Sea Cloud II and newest ship Sea Cloud Spirit to an audience of discerning travelers seeking a truly unique and luxury sailing journey,” says Sea Cloud Cruises president Mirell Reyes.

Kevin Smith brings over 15 years of experience to Sea Cloud Cruises, most recently leading sales efforts for American Queen Voyages as vice president of sales. His career also includes sales positions with luxury cruise brands including AmaWaterways River Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

“The legendary Sea Cloud Cruises fleet and service level is truly unmatched, and I look forward to building strong partnerships with our trade community to create memorable experiences for their well-traveled guests,” says Kevin Smith, vice president sales for Sea Cloud Cruises.

Since 1979, Sea Cloud Cruises has been one of the world’s top brands in cruise travel. The 90-year-old four-masted Sea Cloud, her younger sister Sea Cloud II, and new Sea Cloud Spirit combine the experience of traditional seamanship with the ambience and luxurious charm of classically elegant private yachts.

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Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.