Seabourn Ovation gets its senior officers

Hotel director Helmut Huber, left, and Capt. Stig Betten Hotel director Helmut Huber, left, and Capt. Stig Betten

Seabourn appointed Stig Betten as captain of the new Seabourn Ovation and Helmut Huber as hotel director.

Betten will oversee all operations of the line's newest vessel, which is scheduled to launch in May 2018 in Italy. Huber will oversee the hotel department, which includes suites, housekeeping, and food & beverage services.

'These gentlemen are two seasoned professionals and they will be fantastic as we launch Seabourn Ovation,' Seabourn president Rick Meadows said. Both have years of luxury experience, and 'our guests and crews have really enjoyed their distinct personalities during prior assignments on our ships,' Meadows added.

Betten was born and raised in the small village of Surnadal on Norway's west coast. Hailing from many generations of seafarers, he followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather by choosing a career at sea.

After working with a Norwegian seismic exploration company, Betten joined Seabourn in 2001 and moved up the ranks from second officer to captain. He worked on Seabourn's past ships, Pride, Spirit and Legend, as well as Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest, including being a part of the start-up team as staff captain during the construction of Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest.

Huber, a native of Innsbruck, Austria, began working in the cruise industry in 1992 as a busboy/assistant waiter, and advanced through various positions to the management level. After almost 10 years at sea, he returned to university to earn several degrees and certificates.

After working in food & beverage and hotel management positions at luxury properties, Huber came back to the cruise business in 2007. He joined Seabourn in 2015 as hotel director.

Posted 22 August 2017

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