Captain Serena Melani to be First Woman Captain to Launch Brand New Cruise Ship when Regent Seven Seas SplendorTM Sets Sail in February 2020
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., a leading global cruise company operating the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, today rallies behind the 2019 International Women’s Day #BalanceForBetter Campaign by celebrating its women team members around the globe.
In an industry first, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the leading luxury ocean cruise line, today announced that Captain Serena Melani will helm the brand’s upcoming ship, Seven Seas SplendorTM, making her the first woman in cruise industry history to captain a new cruise ship at launch. Captain Melani joined Regent in 2010 and served in various roles before being named the Company’s first female Master Captain in 2016, leading three of the brand’s ships, Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator, during her tenure.
“At Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings one of our key values is dedication to family and community, and nothing exemplifies this more than our support of a balanced workforce. We believe in creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace, which ultimately strengthens our business and enables us to attract and retain top talent around the globe,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “On International Women’s Day we couldn’t be more proud to announce that Captain Serena Melani will lead the industry as the first female captain to launch a new ship when we launch Seven Seas Splendor next year.”
The Company’s support for women also extends to its communities. In honor of International Women’s Day, a $25,000 donation has been made to Babson College’s Miami WIN (Women Innovating Now) Lab®, a five-month accelerator program designed for women entrepreneurs looking to build high-growth businesses. The Company’s donation will support the WIN Lab’s® mission of broadening the possibilities for women entrepreneurs while giving them the network, feedback, and resources they need to scale their businesses and create social and economic impact.
Additionally, the Company has partnered with the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an invitation-only, membership organization comprised of more than 7,000 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. The Company will sponsor IWF’s bi-annual events as well as nominate a female leader from the Company to participate in the IWF Fellows Program, a leadership development program which aims to accelerate the careers of top-performing women through world-class leadership training and mentoring from executive women leaders.
International Women’s Day, March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Today, team members at offices around the world will be celebrating and honoring the accomplishments of the women at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Men and women across the organization will be wearing purple in support of the 2019 International Women’s Day campaign, #BalanceForBetter, to forge a more gender-balanced workplace and world.
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