Royal Caribbean claims first female skipper

Royal Caribbean International
has named Swedish mariner, Karin Stahre-Janson, captain of Monarch of the
Seas, making her the first female captain in the line’s 21-ship fleet and
the first woman in the industry to command a major cruise ship.As the Captain of Monarch of the Seas, Captain Stahre-Janson is
responsible for the safe navigation of a ship that is 880 feet long, 106
feet wide, has 14 guest decks and routinely carries 2,400 guests and 850
crew members.
  Captain Stahre-Janson recently completed her first tour of duty as
captain of the Los Angeles-based ship, which sails three- and four-night
cruises to San Diego, Catalina and Ensenada, Mexico. She resumes her
command in August.
  Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Captain Stahre-Janson worked for nine
years in cargo shipping, primarily on petroleum and chemical tankers,
where, ultimately, she served as Chief Officer.
  Captain Stahre-Janson has been an officer on Royal Caribbean’s ships
since 1997, when she joined the company. Starting out as First Officer on
Viking Serenade and Nordic Empress, she became Chief Officer while on
Vision of the Seas and continued that role on Radiance of the Seas. Adding
still another stripe, she was named Staff Captain on Brilliance of the
Seas, and also served in that capacity on Serenade of the Seas and Majesty
of the Seas.
  “We are tremendously proud and pleased by Captain Stahre-Janson’s
promotion,” said Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean
International. “This is historic news - for our company and the entire
cruise industry - and a tremendous inspiration for women in any line of
work, particularly a maritime career.”
  A lifelong sailor, Captain Stahre-Janson graduated from the Chalmers
University of Technology in Sweden with a bachelor’s degree in Nautical
Science. She subsequently obtained her Unlimited Masters License enabling
her to command virtually any ship of any size.
  A native of Stromstad, Sweden, a town on the Nordic country’s west
coast, Captain Stahre-Janson learned to sail from her parents at the age of
seven in a small boat given to her by her parents. Growing up, she attended
sailing camp, taught sailing and competitively raced tall ships.
  “I hope my achievements can serve as an example to young women around
the world and inspire them to work toward their dreams - no matter how
unusual they may be,” said Captain Stahre-Janson.