Norwegian Escape will homeport in Miami from November 2015
Norwegian Cruise Line has appointed Evans Hoyt as captain of Norwegian Escape, which will homeport in Miami year-round from November 2015.
Hoyt, who joined Norwegian in 2005 and has more than 30 years of experience at sea, will take the helm of Norwegian Escape when she is delivered in Germany this October. Currently serving as captain of Norwegian Breakaway, Hoyt will be responsible for all aspects of the ship, her guests and crew.
When Captain Hoyt is on vacation, Gunnar Hammerin will take command of Norwegian Escape. Hammerin, who currently serves as captain of Norwegian Pearl, began his nautical career around 40 years ago and has more than 30 years of experience as a captain, including 20 years with Norwegian and Star Cruises.
The ship’s new staff captains include Robert Lundberg and Preston Carnahan who joined Norwegian in 2006 and 2003 respectively. Responsible for the deck department, both Lundberg and Carnahan will report directly to Norwegian Escape’s captain and will manage guest and crew safety.
Zoran Posa will serve as chief engineer and assume full responsibility for the entire technical operation of the ship. Posa, who has been a member of the Norwegian team since 2002, most recently held the role of chief engineer on Norwegian Breakaway. While on vacation, Posa will be relieved by Edin Huskanovic, who currently serves as chief engineer on Norwegian Jade and joined the line in 2001.
Sean Wurmhoeringer, who began his career at Norwegian in 2002, will serve as Norwegian Escape’s hotel director, while Julie Valeriote, who joined the line in 1999, has been appointed as cruise director. Both Wurmhoeringer and Valeriote have recently led teams onboard Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.