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.