Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has appointed cruise industry veteran, Patrik Dahlgren as the company’s new Executive Vice President, Vessel Operations.
Dahlgren will oversee marine and technical operations, hotel operations, entertainment, cruise programmes and security across NCLH’s three brands, reporting to President and CEO-Elect, Harry Sommer.
He succeeds Robin Lindsay who will serve as Executive Vice President, Newbuild and Refurbishment, overseeing the company’s newbuilding programme and refurbishment projects.
“We are pleased to welcome Patrik and are confident his breadth of experience will greatly complement our executive leadership team,” said Sommer.
“Patrik is a dynamic and forward-thinking strategic leader with a profound understanding of all facets of cruise operations, developed over the course of an impressive 20-plus-year career in the industry, making him uniquely qualified to assume this role.
“His accomplishments also include a track record of successfully building diverse, inclusive, and performance-oriented teams, which aligns closely with NCLH’s core values and is an invaluable asset as we grow our fleet and strive to deliver on our business and financial goals.
“We would also like to congratulate Robin as he focuses on overseeing our robust newbuild programme – including seven exciting new ships scheduled for delivery across our three brands through 2028 – as well as refurbishment projects across the existing fleet. Having already led the introduction of 10 ground breaking vessels during his tenure at the company, Robin was the natural choice for this role,” he concluded.
Dahlgren joined NCLH having spent more than 23 years in leadership positions at Royal Caribbean Group, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Marine Operations from 2016 to 2022.
Prior to joining shoreside management, he spent over a decade at sea including serving as Master across a range of cruise ships, giving him first hand knowledge of the ins and outs of ship operations.
“It’s a tremendous honour to join the passionate and talented team at NCLH, a trio of brands that offers extraordinary vacations for its guests worldwide and upholds a consistent world class product across its fleet and private island destinations,” Dahlgren said.
“I began working on cruise ships in 1999 and this truly unique industry has had a special place in my heart ever since. I am excited for the opportunity to write the next chapter of my maritime career at an impressive organisation like NCLH.”
“As a relationship-driven leader, I am a big believer in empowering people and strengthening cross functional collaboration to accelerate progress and achieve desired outcomes. As we look to the future, I hope to combine tradition, innovation and the power of digitalisation and technology to help take NCLH to new heights.
“I am eager to hit the ground running and bring a fresh perspective as we collectively work to deliver exceptional vacation experiences for our guests and drive a positive impact on society and the environment,” he said.