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Silversea Cruises Appoints Its First Female Ship Captain

Excerpt from USA Today

Aug 29, 2013 12:17 pm

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Silversea’s first female captain has tons of experience. The cruise line should ensure that it rights the ship and appoints other qualified women as captains.

— Dennis Schaal

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The Silver Explorer, pictured above in the Arctic, will be under the leadership of Silversea Cruises' first female captain, Margrith Ettlin. / Silversea Cruises


Silversea Cruises has broken a persistent maritime glass ceiling by naming its first female captain to the helm of a ship.

Margrith Ettlin took over command of the 132-passenger Silver Explorer on Aug. 7 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Her tour of duty as captain will extend into October.

Although she’s not the first female to head a cruise ship, the presence of females at the helm is rare. “We hope Captain Ettlin’s achievement will inspire other women to pursue careers at sea,” Christian Sauleau, Silversea’s executive vice president of fleet operations, says in a statement.

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