If there was one person who could truly be called an icon of the travel industry, it was Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
VANCOUVER — The Scenic Group has appointed Benny Weidacher as its new Vice President of Global Cruise Operations.
A 25-year cruise industry veteran, Weidacher will oversee all operational aspects of the company’s hotel services, culinary programs, expedition teams and technical departments for the river and ocean cruising yacht fleets for Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Scenic Eclipse and Emerald Cruises brands.
He reports directly to Rob Voss, Scenic Group’s Chief Operating Officer. Said Voss: “Benny has a tremendous track record and reputation of success in the cruise industry and his knowledge and experience in all components of cruise operations, including hotel operations, guest services, crew performance and managing revitalization projects and new builds will be invaluable to us as Scenic Group continues to grow.”
Prior to his new role, Weidacher most recently served as Vice President, Ship Operations Marine and Hotel for Madrid-based Pullmantur Cruise Lines. Before that, he served as Project Manager, New Build and Fleet Design for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and has also held a variety of leadership positions during his career, including Hotel Director for both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity.
“I am delighted and honoured to join the Scenic Group family, one that shares my passion for the highest level of guest satisfaction while maintaining a daily focus on new health and safety protocols, maximizing efficiencies and creating a world atmosphere that is professional, respectful and encourages new ideas,” said Weidacher.
He continued: “With the 2019 launch of the Scenic Eclipse, the new builds of Scenic Eclipse II and Emerald Azzurra, and an owner like Glen Moroney whose endless energy and passion for travel continues to set even higher standards in the ultra-luxury cruise market, I am excited to start a journey with a company that is at the forefront of the cruise industry and will always be a driving force.”