Swan Hellenic today announced that internationally-experienced hospitality and fine dining expert Philipp Reutener has joined the iconic company as Hotel Director of the first of its three new cultural expedition cruise ships, the five-star SH Minerva which will be embarking on its fully-booked maiden cruise toward the end of the year.
Born into hospitality, helping his parents from an early age to run their bed and breakfast in the beautiful, historic town of Brunnen on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, Philipp’s professional journey has ranged from chef at premium restaurants in Brunnen, Geneva and Lugano to front of house at the renowned “Le Beaujolais” in Banff, Canada.
This was followed by senior management positions at the MythenForum Schwyz conference and event centre in Switzerland and then with Norwegian Cruise Line, initially as Food & Beverage Assistant Manager and soon after as Director between 2001 and 2002, leading to shore-based positions in Human Resources and Culinary Projects up to 2005.
His career then continued on land for the next 6 years, managing resorts for Amari, Anantara and Sandals in Thailand, the UAE and Jamaica. The lure of the sea was too strong, however, and in 2013 he returned to the waves as Hotel Director with Seabourn, mainly cruising the Baltic and his favourite region of the world, Antarctica.
Philipp’s passion for hospitality has not only seen him accumulate multiple qualifications (from the Swiss Hotel Management School Lucerne, Switzerland, and Cornell University in New York) but also led him to acquire extensive competence in languages, from his native Swiss German and German to French, English, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Thai. This, combined with his wide-ranging experience living and working in diverse cultures, make him a perfect fit for the iconic Swan Hellenic.
“We’re delighted to have Philipp moulding the hospitality experience aboard SH Minerva, with his immense experience, refined competence and sheer joie de vivre,” declared Swan Hellenic Vice President of Hotel Operations Hans Heger. “We’ve already been hard at working selecting some very fine wines for the ship’s cellar!”
Philipp Reutener commented: “I’m honoured to have been chosen to help create the extraordinary on-board experience that Swan Hellenic has conceived for SH Minerva, a distinctive combination of comfort, refinement and the highest service standards with the relaxed confidence typical of true connoisseurs.”