For the first time in the luxury cruise line’s nearly 20-year history, a female captain is at the helm of a Silversea ship.
Silversea Cruises, which operates a fleet of six ships, has promoted Margrith Ettlin to the position of Captain. A Swiss national with extensive maritime experience in remote regions, including the Arctic and Antarctica, Margrith assumed control of the 132-guest expedition ship Silver Explorer on 7th August in Reykjavik. Her first tour of duty as captain will extend into October.
Christian Sauleau, Silversea’s Executive Vice President – Fleet Operations, said: “We are very pleased and proud to extend this promotion to Captain Ettlin. Although we are not the first cruise company to have a female captain, we hope Captain Ettlin’s achievement will inspire other women to pursue careers at sea.”
Prior to joining Silversea as a staff captain in March 2010, Margrith worked for Germany’s F Laeisz shipping group. Her maritime career also includes nearly nine years as a staff captain with the German shipping company Hapag Lloyd.