Travel Inspiration – Interview with Captian Hakan Svedung of Norwegian Cruise Line
Even when I’m not immediately going anywhere exciting travel is on my mind either in the forefront or background, so I’ve been asking people in various areas of the travel industry to share a few thoughts on what they do. In a treat for cruisers like myself Captain Hakan Svedung who is currently serving on the Norwegian Gem and was kind enough to answer interview questions regarding his job and a life at sea.
Where are you from?
How long have you been a Captain?
I have been at sea for 37 years and a Captain for 25 years.
What made you decide to go into this line of work?
I have always loved the sea and I had a sailing boat as a young boy. Most of my family/relatives were and are at sea. For me was it an easy choice and I have never regretted my choice, I am passionate about what I do, and I would do it all over again if I could.
What are your basic duties?
As a Captain you are in overall command of all ship navigation and operations. On a ship of the size of Norwegian Gem that means that you need very good Officers and Crew to help you, which I am fortunate to have an incredible team on board the Norwegian Gem. Priority number one, for a Captain is the Safety and Security of the passengers and the crew as well as Safe Navigation, so it’s in those areas is that I dedicate most of my time.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy absolutely everything, but if I have to name just one thing, which is only slightly ahead of “everything else” it would be Navigation/Maneuvering of the ship – working up on the Bridge.
How would you define your command style? And how do you feel it benefits your officers,
staff and crew?
As a Captain do you have to be strict and firm for example in Safe Navigation and Safety/Security, but at the same time must you also be very fair/impartial and look after the individual crew member and his/her needs. I could write a whole book about this but it is a very fine balance between being a friend and at the same time being the Captain of the Ship.
What has been your favorite ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet to command and why?
It is the crew who makes the ship so if you have a good crew then you have your favorite ship. I have Mastered three different ships in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and all of them have had a very good crew so I have three favorite ships. Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Gem.
What would you encourage a young person to do that was interested in a life at sea?
Nothing is better than a life at sea. The freedom to be far out at sea, you make a lot of new friends amongst the crew, who come from all over the world, and you get to see the world. When you have been onboard along time is it also very nice after you have done your contract to go home to your family. So I like to be out at sea, and then am rewarded by the special time I share at home with my family.
If you could sail anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
I have been more or less all over the world but my favorite destination is just sailing out in the middle of the sea. (Land was created to provide a place for ships to visit!) There are a lot of beautiful places to visit by a ship but I can mention three which are very nice to approach from the sea by a ship: Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.
What do you feel distinguishes Norwegian from other cruise lines?
Everything that takes place onboard a Norwegian ship makes it different – from the excellent food in all of the restaurants to all the fun that is arranged by our entertainment department. To mention some, the Nickelodeon characters, the relaxing life at the Spa, all the fun at pool deck, onboard shopping, bowling. Again, I could write a book about all activities that are going daily – there is never a dull moment onboard the Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Everyone must come onboard and see for themselves!
Thank you Captain Svedung for letting us glimpse into the world of a Norwegian Cruise Line
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