Norwegian Names Captains & Senior Officers For Escape
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the captains and senior officers who will serve on Norwegian Escape, the line’s newest and largest ship that will homeport in Miami year-round beginning November 2015.
Captain Evans Hoyt, with more than 30 years at sea, will take the helm upon delivery of the ship in Germany this October. Currently serving as Captain of Norwegian Breakaway, Captain Hoyt will be responsible for all aspects of the ship, her guests and crew. He joined Norwegian Cruise Line in 2005, and has served as Captain aboard 4 ships within the Norwegian fleet, including the U.S. flagged Pride of America.
When Captain Hoyt is on vacation, Captain Gunnar Hammerin will take command of Escape. Currently serving as Captain of Norwegian Pearl, Captain Hammerin began his nautical career more than 40 years ago serving in the Merchant Marine. He has more than 30 years of experience as a Captain, 20 of those years with NCL and Star Cruises.
Staff Captains Robert Lundberg and Preston Carnahan will be on board to introduce the vessel to guests during her inaugural season. As Staff Captains, they are 2nd in command and report directly to Norwegian Escape’s Captain. They are responsible for the Deck Department and are versed in all of the responsibilities and duties of the Captain. The Staff Captains will also assist with all operations, including being responsible for the safety of guests, crew, the ship and the environment.
Zoran Posa will launch Norwegian Escape in the position of Chief Engineer and when on vacation will be relieved by Edin Huskanovic. Sean Wurmhoeringer will serve as Escape’s Hotel Director.
Leading Norwegian Escape’s entertainment team will be Ontario-born Cruise Director Julie Valeriote. She joined Norwegian in 1999 and has led entertainment teams on Norwegian Epic, where she was also part of the ship’s inaugural team, and most recently launched Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.