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Getting to Know Seabourn Ovation's Hotel Director Helmut Huber

Stig BettenAs we get closer and closer to Seabourn Ovation's launch in May, we are excited to be able to introduce to the ship's impressive staff, including Hotel Director Helmut Huber.

A native of Innsbruck, Austria, Helmut started his career in the cruise industry in 1992 as a busboy/assistant waiter, working his way up through various positions to the management level. After nearly 10 years at sea, Helmut decided to go back to university, acquiring several degrees and certificates. Once he completed his studies, he returned to the hospitality industry in food & beverage and hotel management positions at luxury properties before returning to the cruise industry in 2007. Helmut joined Seabourn in 2015 as Hotel Director. 

We had the opportunity to sit down with Helmut to ask him a few questions about his job, time at Seabourn and some of his personal travel spots.

What is your favorite part about your job? Meeting people from different countries and different cultures. 

What are you most looking forward to about Seabourn Ovation? It is the newest ship in our fleet, and I'm excited to help with building a new team that will provide the best experience for our guests.

What is your favorite port of call and why? The sail-in to Kotor, Montenegro is my favorite because of the incredible views and scenery as we near the port. 

What is your favorite hidden gem that you like to visit? I enjoy walking along the Sydney Harbour Bridge and for some adventure, I like to scuba dive in the Galapagos.

What inspired you to become hotel director on a cruise ship? The opportunity to meet new people and because I love to travel. 

What is a typical day for a hotel director? It's always very busy from early morning before many guests wake up until late in the evening and you always have to be prepared for unexpected tasks and be willing to adapt accordingly. 

What do you like to do when you're on vacation? I enjoy scuba diving, mountain biking and traveling to new places. 

Do you have a Seabourn Moment to share? Either one that you were part of or one that you received yourself? One of my favorite Seabourn Moments was Caviar in the Desert and a tour of Petra. The scenery in the desert is unique and unlike many places I've traveled. The tour of Petra was also unforgettable for its rich culture and history.

Tell us about the most rewarding aspect of your job as hotel director. I love being part of a motivated team and ensuring that guests sailing with Seabourn have a great time. 

Helmut looks forward to welcoming you on Seabourn Ovation! Book select voyages on Seabourn Ovation by March 13, during our limited-time Signature Savings Event, you will enjoy extraordinary savings and special offers.

For more about Seabourn Ovation, visit her dedicated microsite. The microsite offers you an inside look at the next addition to Seabourn – the newest fleet in the ultra-luxury category. 

To join Helmut and Seabourn Ovation, please contact a travel professional, call Seabourn  at (800) 929-9391 or visit