Strunck assumes responsibility for planning routes for NCL, Orient Lines and NCL America, effective immediately. He reports to Steve Riester, vp planning and analysis.
Based in South Florida, Strunck has served as a consultant for the past six years. Before that, for 15 years, he led the cross-departmental team that designed, developed and implemented itineraries at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. During his tenure there, the company grew from four ships offering six itineraries and calling at a dozen Caribbean ports to a combined fleet (with Celebrity) of 21 ships with 175 itineraries calling at nearly 250 destinations on six continents.
As a consultant, Strunck's assignments included assisting Silversea Cruises in developing their four-vessel deployment plans and advising the management team at Renaissance Cruises on revamping their deployment for the eight new 'R' ships.
'After six years of consulting, I realized that I needed to get back into the center of the bulls-eye. While I enjoyed working as a consultant, it just wasn't the same as being an integral part of the team that makes things happen,' Strunck told Seatrade Insider.
'NCL is well positioned to grow its fleet, its presence in the marketplace and its position in our industry,' he added. 'It seems to be a great place to work and I'm proud to be associated with an organization that encourages innovative thinking and promotes teamwork.'
Strunck also expressed delight that with NCL, he will finally add itinerary planning for a seventh continent -- Antarctica.