Norwegian Breakaway introduces senior management team

15th Apr 2013
Norwegian Breakaway introduces senior management team

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the remainder of Norwegian Breakaway’s senior management team, including the ship’s staff captains, chief engineers, hotel director, assistant hotel director, food and beverage director, cruise director and key department heads.

These senior officers and managers will work alongside the previously announced ship’s captains, Evans Hoyt and Hakan Svedung, and hotel director Denis Prugda, to deliver the line’s most innovative ship to date.

Norwegian will take delivery of Norwegian Breakaway, the ship that will bring the best of New York City to sea, on April 25th, 2013.

Following inaugural festivities and a maiden transatlantic voyage, the ship will begin a series of seven-day cruises from New York to Bermuda.

Seasoned officers, staff captain Niklas Persson and Matko Candrlic will be on board to introduce the vessel to guests during her very exciting inaugural season.

As staff captains, they are second in command and report directly to Norwegian Breakaway’s captain.

They are responsible for the Deck Department and are versed in all of the responsibilities and duties of the captain, so that they are prepared to assume command if necessary.

The staff captains will also assist Norwegian Breakaway’s captain with all operational issues, and all matters involving the safety of guests, crew, the ship and the environment.

Persson joined Norwegian in 1999 and since has served as staff captain on board Norwegian Spirit, Sky and Jewel.

Candrlic joined the company in 2003 and has held positions on board other ships including Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Gem.

Carsten Fosbo will take up the position of chief engineer and when on leave he will be relieved by Anders Nedal and Zoran Posa.

The chief engineer has full responsibility of the entire technical operation of the ship, plays a key role on the ship’s senior management team and works closely with the staff captain and hotel director. 

Fosbo joined Norwegian in 1998 and has since served as chief engineer on various Norwegian ships including Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Star and Norwegian Sky.

Nedal joined Norwegian in 1986 and has worked on board Norwegian Star and Norwegian Gem.

Posa has been a member of the Norwegian team since 2002 and has spent the majority of his time working on board Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Sky.

Norwegian hotel director Sean Wurmhoeringer will assume responsibility for the ship’s entire hotel operation in July when Prugda is on leave.

Wurmhoeringer joined Norwegian in 2002 and since then he has successfully operated hotel teams on board Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Star, and in 2010, Wurmhoeringer played a key role in the successful launch and delivery of Norwegian Epic.

Assisting the hotel director is Sonja Sommergger who will serve as the ship’s assistant hotel director.

Sommergger has worked with Norwegian since 2002 in various guest service roles and on various Norwegian ships including Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Epic.

Norwegian Breakaway’s food and beverage director Martin Ivanov will oversee all of Norwegian Breakaway’s 27 different dining options.

The role on this ship is complex, as Norwegian Breakaway boasts more restaurants than any other cruise ship at sea.

But, with his previous experience on Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Epic, Ivanov will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Norwegian Breakaway.

Heading Norwegian Breakaway’s entertainment team is cruise director Julie Valeriote.

“The delivery of our incredible new ship is right around the corner,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer.

“We are proud of the senior management team we have selected to launch our newest ship.

“All of them are highly-regarded with proven track records in their respective areas.

“Together with our seasoned captains and hotel directors, we are confident that guests sailing on board will have an unbelievable vacation experience on Norwegian Breakaway.”


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