These days, it isn’t unusual to see travel junkies boarding ships with cruise tickets in hand. Reported to be a burgeoning trend in 2015, cruise vacations continued to make waves among holiday goers in 2016, and this is likely to persist through 2017 as well.
“It’s a full-on vacation experience that offers the luxury of convenience,” says Steve Odell, senior vice president and managing director of Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH). “You go onboard, unpack your bag, relax, and enjoy what we have to offer.”
Odell established his career in the United Kingdom. Fresh out of university, he signed on at a UK-based company and eventually worked his way to a full-time position. Now over 20 months with NCLH, his primary responsibility is to grow the brand’s presence in the Asia Pacific region. “Cruising is a specialist sort of business,” he says. “It’s a good one to stick to when you’re armed with the necessary knowledge. It used to be rather niche, but has developed into something more mainstream due to the growing demand.”