End Of An Era: Stuart To Step Down From Norwegian After 30 Years

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has appointment of Harry Sommer, current President, International for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, as Stuart’s successor. 

Stuart will step down from his role on 31DEC and remain with the company as Senior Advisor through 31MAR, 2020 to ensure a smooth transition.  

Stuart joined Norwegian in 1988 and held several key executive positions during his tenure of more than three decades, including: President and Chief Operating Officer; 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 says Stuart was instrumental in many of the line’s key achievements over those three decades, including the introduction of its revolutionary Freestyle Cruising offering where, in an industry first, guests were freed from traditional set dining times in a single venue and given the freedom and flexibility to dine at whatever time they chose in a variety of dining venues.

“I could only have dreamed about my journey at Norwegian when I joined the company in 1988 and am extremely fortunate to have witnessed firsthand the incredible evolution of this pioneering brand,” said Stuart.

“I am honoured to have played a role in the leadership position Norwegian now holds in this incredible industry and continue to be proud of the commitment, dedication and passion of our team for delivering a best-in-class vacation experience.  I have worked closely with Harry and am confident he is the right person to take the helm and continue the journey for Norwegian Cruise Line.”   

“Andy has accomplished everything possible in the cruise industry, including leading its most storied and innovative brand. He will leave on a high note after delivering the brand’s latest ship, Norwegian Encore, the last ship in the most successful ship class in the Company’s history,” said Frank Del Rio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.  “We are extremely grateful for his leadership and contributions to Norwegian Cruise Line, our company and the cruise industry.”

“Andy and I have worked closely together over the last several years and I am humbled and honoured to follow in his footsteps and lead this renowned brand,” said Sommer. “I look forward to working with all of our incredible partners worldwide, building off the strong position the brand holds today and charting the strategy for the next phase of Norwegian’s journey.”

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.