Norwegian Breakaway Debuts 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.

Norwegian will take delivery of Norwegian Breakaway on April 25, 2013. Following inaugural festivities and a maiden transatlantic voyage, the ship will begin a series of seven-day cruises from New York to Bermuda.

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 deliver Norwegian Breakaway in the position of chief engineer and when on vacation 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. 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 hotel operation in July when Prugda is on vacation. 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. Originally from Austria, 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 F&B director Martin Ivanov will oversee all of Norwegian Breakaway’s 28 different dining options. Ivanov has previous experience on Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Epic.

Heading Norwegian Breakaway’s entertainment team is cruise director Julie Valeriote. With Norwegian since 1999, Valeriote led entertainment teams on Norwegian Epic, where she was also part of the ship’s inaugural team, and most recently on Norwegian Pearl.

Norwegian Breakaway’s key department heads include: executive housekeeper Marites Sonza from the Philippines; executive chef Anilkumar Chinthapattla from India; restaurant manager Luiza Andrei from Romania; beverage manager Jose Contreras from Honduras; human resource director Sue Hannon from the United Kingdom; shore excursion manager Andrei Bruce from the United States of America and photo manager Martin Brooks from the United Kingdom.

Inaugural Sailing Dates

The company will showcase Norwegian Breakaway to travel partners and media in both Europe and the United States during four inaugural sailings, prior to the ship entering weekly summer service to Bermuda from New York City. Following delivery on April 25, 2013, Norwegian Breakaway will sail to Rotterdam for a two-night inaugural cruise departing on April 26, followed by a one-night cruise from Rotterdam to London (Southampton) on April 28, and then a one-night inaugural event in London (Southampton) on April 29. Following her transatlantic crossing from London (Southampton) to New York on April 30, the ship will be christened in New York City on May 8, followed by two, two-night inaugural cruises. Following the inaugural events, the ship will set sail on a series of seven-day cruises to Bermuda beginning on May 12.

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