Seabourn Ovation

Seabourn Ovation Captain & Hotel Manager Named

Please join us in congratulating Stig Betten, who has been named as captain of our newest ship, Seabourn Ovation, and Helmut Huber, who will serve as hotel director. Captain Betten will oversee all operations of Seabourn Ovation, which is scheduled to launch in May 2018 in Italy. Helmut will oversee the hotel department, which includes suites, housekeeping, and food & beverage services.

"These gentlemen are two seasoned professionals, and they will be fantastic as we launch Seabourn Ovation," said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. "They both have years of luxury experience to guide them, and our guests and crews have really enjoyed their distinct personalities during prior assignments on our ships. I'm confident they will do well as they provide leadership throughout the ship's delivery and into the maiden season."

Stig Betten
Stig BettenBorn and raised in the small village called Surnadal on the west coast of Norway, he followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great grandfather by choosing a career at sea. Stig began his seagoing career initially with a Norwegian seismic exploration company. He joined Seabourn in 2001 and has worked his way up the ranks from Second Officer to Captain. He has been assigned on past Seabourn ships Pride, Spirit, and Legend, as well as Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest, including being a part of the start-up team as Staff Captain during the construction of Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest. When he is not at sea, Captain Betten enjoys spending time with his family in Istanbul. While visiting his hometown in Norway, he enjoys fishing, trekking and hunting.

Helmut Huber
Stig BettenA native of Innsbruck, Austria, Helmut Huber 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 almost 10 years at sea, he decided to go back to university, acquiring several degrees and certificates. Once he completed his studies, Helmut returned to the hospitality industry in Food & Beverage and Hotel Management positions at luxury properties before returning to the cruise industry in 2007. He joined Seabourn in 2015 as Hotel Director. He splits time between Innsbruck and Los Angeles during his time off, where he enjoys activities such as scuba diving, snow skiing, mountain biking and travel.

Invite your clients to be among the first to experience Seabourn Ovation, sailings include:

7-Day St. Petersburg & The Baltic, Stockholm to Copenhagen, July 28; August 25, 2018

14-Day Majestic Fjords & North Cape, Round-Trip Copenhagen, July 7, 2018

14-Day Scenic Fjords & North Cape, Copenhagen to Dover (London), September 1, 2018

20-Day Empires of the Sun, Athens to Dubai, November 14, 2018

28-Day South China Sea Circle, Round-Trip Hong Kong, February 2, 2019

14-Day Vietnam & Thailand, Hong Kong to Singapore, March 2, 2019

Be sure to keep up with all the news about Seabourn Ovation at the ship's dedicated microsite. Filled with imagery, details and news of the ship's continuing progress, the microsite offers an inside look at the next addition to Seabourn – the newest fleet in the ultra-luxury category. In addition, be sure to watch the video previewing the array of onboard experiences, thoughtful elements, and inspiration and passion driving the creation of Seabourn Ovation.

For additional details and information about Seabourn Ovation and the ship's maiden season itineraries, please contact Seabourn Sales (866) 755-5622 or visit