Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has announced that Andy Stuart will be stepping down at the end of the year as president and CEO. Harry Sommer, who is currently the company’s president, international, will take over as of January 2020. NCLH is the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Stuart will officially step down from his role on December 31, 2019, and remain with the company as a senior advisor through March 31, 2020, in order to ensure a smooth transition, NCLH said.
"It was a major shock to hear the news today about Andy Stuart’s departure from Norwegian Cruise Line. The cruise industry will surely miss him, his support, wit and charm," says Cruise Planners COO and Co-owner Vicky Garcia, noting that she has worked with him since 1998. "He is a trailblazer and true industry icon, and all-around great guy – he revolutionized cruising to appeal to the new generation of travelers."
Stuart first joined NCLH in 1988 and has held several executive positions during his time with the company, including president and CEO; executive vice president, global sales and passenger services; executive vice president and chief product officer; and executive vice president of marketing, sales and passenger services. NCLH said that he was instrumental in the introduction of its Freestyle Cruising offering, which allows guests to choose their dining time in a variety of venues, as opposed to fixed seatings.
In his current role as president, international for NCLH, Sommer is responsible for all sales, marketing, public relations and office operations for Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises in all markets outside of the United States and Canada. He previously served as executive vice president, international business development and executive vice president and chief integration officer for NLCH, and he has also held executive positions for Prestige Cruise Holdings, including chief marketing officer, senior vice president, finance and chief information officer and chief accounting officer.