A quick bit of news about one of my favorite cruise lines and ships: Silversea Cruises has promoted Swiss-born Margrith Ettlin to Captain, making her the first female to captain a Silversea ship in the 20-year history of the company, and only one of a handful of female passenger ship captains around the world.

Former Staff Captain Margrith Ettlin has been appointed as Silversea's first female captain. Photo courtesy of Silversea.

Former Staff Captain Margrith Ettlin has been appointed as Silversea’s first female captain. Photo courtesy of Silversea.

Yesterday, Captain Ettlin assumed command of the intimate and adventurous Silver Explorer in Reykjavik, Iceland. Captains normally trade off every two to three months, and Captain Ettlin will be in command of Silver Explorer until October.

“We’re very pleased and proud to extend this promotion to Captain Ettlin,” said Christian Sauleau, Silversea’s executive vice president of fleet operations. “Although we’re 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.”

Before joining Silversea as a Staff Captain in March of 2010, Captain Ettlin worked for Germany’s F. Laeisz shipping group, and was employed by Hapag-Lloyd for nine years as a Staff Captain on board their shipping vessels.

Silver Explorer at anchor off Dartmouth, England. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Silver Explorer at anchor off Dartmouth, England. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

She is in charge of what I personally feel is one of Silversea’s best ships. Silver Explorer summers in the Arctic, winters in Antarctica, and explores Europe, Africa, North America, the Caribbean, and South America in the meantime.

Click here for our Live Voyage Report sailing around the British Isles aboard Silver Explorer!

 

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