VANCOUVER — New key hires and promotions have been announced by Scenic Group, which comprises Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises.
Claudius Docekal has joined the global senior leadership team as Vice President of Product-Ocean. Boasting more than 30 years of industry experience, Docekal most recently served as vice president, deployment at Crystal Cruises where he oversaw the Crystal Yacht & Expedition cruises brands. He also previously held senior positions at Azamara Club Cruises and SeaDream Yacht Club.
To further support Scenic’s growth plans, the company has also hired Bert Goebel as Vice President of Hotel Operations-Ocean. Goebel joins the company from Crown & Champa Resort Hotel Group in the Maldives, bringing with him many years of hotel operations experience working for various cruise lines like Oceania, Regent and Aida. He will report to Mark Robinson, Senior Vice President of Operations.
In addition to these two new hires, Scenic has promoted Elisabeth Sadler to Vice President of Product-Rivers. Having joined the group back in 2014 as part of the initial Emerald Cruises start up team, Sadler will move to oversee all river product on behalf of both Emerald Cruises and Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. She will report to Rob Voss, Scenic Group’s Chief Operating Officer.
Two additional promotions names Director Marine Operations Captain James Griffiths as the new Vice President of Marine & Port Operations, and Sepp Dendle, who was previously Director of Hotel Operations-Rivers, to Vice President of Hotel Operations-Rivers. Both Griffiths and Dendle will continue to report to Mark Robinson.
The new appointments come at a period of growth for Scenic Group, which will welcome two new ocean yachts – Scenic Eclipse II and Emerald Sakara – next year. In March 2022, the group debuted the Emerald Azzurra, a 100-guest luxury yacht, as the first oceangoing yacht to launch under the Emerald Cruises brand.