Talking with Captain Evans Hoyt of the Norwegian Breakaway
On our recent cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway (second sailing to Bermuda out of New York…Woo Hoo) I had the chance to sit down and interview Captain Evans Hoyt who is quite honored to be chosen as one of the Captains on the newest ship in the fleet.
Captain Evans Hoyt is from Washington D.C. he grew up there having had family that worked in the state department.
He decided on this line on work when he was 17. He was trying to figure out what he was going to do with his life and since he’d always had a boat growing up this seemed like a good way to combine a passion and a way to make a living.
One of the things that he enjoys most about his job is being able to work with the quality of people that are working on ships these days. Along with bringing talented people together and making things work.
The thoughts he has for young people that are thinking of entering this field is this is to look into it because there are “excellent opportunities”. “There is a shortage of people wanting to go to sea so the opportunities are growing. The pay is going up and there’s the opportunity to save money.” He also mentioned that everything you do has an impact. In being a part of a team at sea you wind up “becoming an important part of everyone else’s life.”
When I asked him how he defines his command style he said that he has an “empathetic approach” however “when it comes to the safety side of things there are no compromises.” He believes in “creating a human environment and never losing sight of that because…happy ship, happy crew, happy guests.”
As to what he feels distinguishes Norwegian from other cruise lines there’s one reoccurring and much deserved theme that I hear from each Captain I’ve spoken to so far. The freestyle concept. “Freestyle first and foremost.” He mentioned that their style was “more cruise-centric” and that they try to view things from the “people side of the equation.”
Thank you Captain Evans!
Would you like to know more about Captain Evans and his team on the Norwegian Breakaway? Check out the link below to watch a Q&A session that happened on board during the May 19th sailing to Bermuda.