And very tall Norwegian Captain Gulleik Svalastog, master of the recently-launched Viking Star is exactly that as MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ co-managing directors Roy and Karen Merricks found out for themselves when they met him while sailing on the vessel’s recent maiden voyage between Oslo and Stockholm.
Pictured on the Bridge (from left to right) – Karen Merricks, Captain Gulleik Svalastog and Roy Merricks.
Taking part in a specialist ‘by invitation only’ study tour, the Merricks joined just four other Australian agencies invited to sail on the cruise, highlights of which included ports of call in Copenhagen, Berlin, St Petersburg, Tallinn and Helsinki.
“While many industry managing directors have little time to participate in study tours these days, we pride ourselves in making the time to maintain industry relationships,” Karen Merricks said.
“We may be MTA’s managing directors but it is just as important for us as any of our Australia-wide Members to be updated with the latest developments taking place across the industry and particularly the cruise industry which is a fast growing component of our overall business.
“This incredible ship and a truly memorable itinerary – and let’s not forget the very handsome Captain Svalastog – all combined to present one of the most amazing cruises we have ever experienced and we shall certainly be recommending this to our Members and their clients.”