Disney Cruise Line Larry Stauffer ~ Manager, Port Adventures Larry Stauffer is the manager of Port Adventures for Disney Cruise Line. In this role, Stauffer is responsible the development, operation and continuing evaluation of shore excursions for all Disney Cruise Line itineraries world wide. A 23 year Disney veteran, Stauffer has held various operational management roles at the Walt Disney World Resort prior to joining Disney Cruise Line. These roles included water park manager for Typhoon Lagoon, food and beverage manager for Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts and regional food and beverage manager. Stauffer is a member of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) Security and Operations Committee. He is also a member of the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL). Born in 1955 and a native of Michigan, Stauffer earned his Associate Degree at the Davenport College of Business in Grand Rapids, Mich. He currently resides in Celebration, Fla.
Bert Swets ~ Vice President, Marine & Technical Operations Bert Swets is the vice president of marine and technical operations for Disney Cruise Line. He is responsible for the overall safety, security and environmental operations, navigation, itinerary planning, marine, engineering, dry dock, and maintenance aspects of the ships and private island Castaway Cay. Before Swets was named as vice president, he served as the director of purchasing and logistics for Disney Cruise Line. As director, he was responsible for the procurement and transport of all supplies from vendors to the ships and Castaway Cay. Swets also oversaw stevedore services and terminal and pier maintenance. Prior to his stint in purchasing, Swets served as the manager of technical operations at Disney Cruise Line. Here he was responsible for all technical operations, including refurbishment, interior maintenance and planning project work during the dry docks for both Disney ships. Swets joined Disney Cruise Line as part of the new-build team for the Disney Magic construction in 1996. From 1987 to 1996, Swets served as a senior maritime officer for Holland America Line. He received a Walt Disney World Partner in Excellence Award in 2001 and was also the recipient of the 1995 Employee of the Year Award for Holland America Line. Born in 1965 in Maasbracht, the Netherlands, Swets earned his Bachelor Degree in both engineering and navigation. He currently resides in London, UK.
CRUISE INDUSTRY PROFILES • 2011
FCCA 2011 Cruise Industry Highlights and Profiles. The who's who of the Cruise Line Industry.