Help Wanted: Cruise Line CEO

February 17, 2006
easyCruise, the innovative one-ship line gearing for younger, more independent and less one-armed bandit-obsessed passengers, has never fallen in line with industry tradition -- and it's not stopping now.

The company is letting the world know -- via a press release -- that it's got an opening for a chief executive officer. While skill and experience qualifications are not revealed, the release does note that serial entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou, who created the cruise line and currently helms it, is looking for a full-time honcho who can be more "hands on." The founder, who prefers to be called by his first name only, has another 14 "easy" brand businesses, ranging from a discount airline to Internet cafes.

The release also offers an interesting insight into Stelios' plans for expansion. While the company has long talked about building a new ship (check out the "our ships" section of, it notes here that growth "may come in the form of franchising the business to operators of existing cruise ships and possibly riverboats who are willing to invest in converting them to the easyCruise concept." Custom-designed new builds, it says, are more likely to be considered in the "longer term" -- beyond 2008.

In the meantime, the cruise line says that early lessons learned from easyCruise's inaugural season may result in a more upscale dining experience onboard (you'll still have to pay for it out of pocket) and possibly a spa.

At this point, itineraries, beyond its Barbados-based winter sailings, have not been announced though the company maintains the ship will still spend the summer in the French and Italian rivieras.

Presumably, folks interested in applying for the position should contact easyCruise.