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<b>Eugen Ercegovic ï¿½ Yacht Master</b>
Languages: English, Italian, German
Captain Eugen Ercegovic comes from family with long tradition and generations of captains and boat owners. Choosing to make the maritime world his trade, he first qualified himself by graduating at Faculty of Maritime Studies Split at 1985, later to
become second lieutenant on intercontinental commercial. Eugen has logged many nautical miles in a great diversity of ships navigating the waters of many seas. After international experience he was ready to join his father in family business, on charter vessel. Eugen is a highly qualified captain and a great asset to the yacht and crew.
With his leadership skills, hospitable personality and his long standing experience, together with his very positive and professional team he will guarantee the guests a highly enjoyable, safe and unforgettable stay on board this great vessel. Eugen is mainly a designer of SY Navilux, which was built from desire to provide best service on the best yacht in Croatia.
As a knowledgeable and experienced captain, Eugen welcomes you to join SY Navilux for unforgettable cruise.
<b>Ivana Ercegovicï¿½ Stewardess</b>
Languages: English, Italian, basic German
After High school Ivana has decided to gather experience in sailing and hospitality independently, outside of family business. For 2 years Ivana was chief hostess on private yacht, sailing in Mediterranean. After that precious experience, Ivana has obtained Business degree at American College for Management and Technology in Dubrovnik.
With her outgoing and friendly character Ivana easily creates good vibes among the crew and builds excellent team spirit. Her main goal is to provide additional value on all fields to family business on SY Navilux. Ivana has put her managing skills in the service of SY Navilux and guests on board. Not only that Ivana knows how to make people feel comfortable caring for their demanding needs, but she also carries a wealth of knowledge about local history, has detailed knowledge on all kind of offers along Adriatic interesting to her clients and has diligently and charmingly grown a network of support of local community for the benefit of clients on board Navilux.
Ivana’s hobbies are fashion, travelling and music. During winter time, it is almost impossible to reach her at home; she is travelling around the globe to meet her friends from College enjoying to switch summer role of high-end professional stewardess to winter role of traveler and guest. She finds that extremely important, both for her personal and professional evolving. Season after season Ivana implements new design trends and tips in interior of Navilux, as well as new guidelines and sensible trends in providing the best service for her guests on board.
Chef: Zlatko Poljak
After formal education and training in Culinary High School, Zlatko immediately started to collect working experience in restaurants along Dalmatian coast during the touristic season. Highly motivated by nature, he was not eager to spent his winters at home, so he took challenging opportunity to work as a chef on a merchant vessel, where he had to combine and work with limited supplies and deliver diverse and high-quality menus.
Back in 2006 Zlatko started his career as a chef on a luxury charter yacht, recommended by his High School professor. Since then, even he would work during winter in restaurants, Zlatko was back on charter yacht every season. Once introduced to work in a galley of a charter yacht, Zlatko recognized immeasurable satisfaction of cooking for a smaller group of guests without limitations of set-up menus, knowing his guests' food preferences and dietary restrictions in advance, being able to develop personalized meal plans for each group, encouraged to explore and combine different cuisines. It is completely justified to say that being chef on a charter yacht is Zlatko's identification.
Over past 13 years, in Croatian yacht charter industry Zlatko has become a synonym for a specialized master chef, a complete and detailed connoisseur not only because of his superb cooking and plate presentation, but also of the "life on the yacht" hacks that only highly interested and devoted chef would notice and implement in his work. Zlatko knows his guests appetite charts - when is the right time to offer lighter meals, when is the moment to reduce the portions, comparing to the desert you had in previous meal Zlatko sets approvable amount of sugar for your next desert, all the time having in mind different preferences of all members of the group.
Zlatko says he needs only 3 ingredients for his gastro-creations; Fresh, Local, & Healthy. He will take you to journey thru any cuisine you prefer or request, but knowing him for years - here is recommendation: give him guidelines and let him create your gourmet experience. Charter on Navilux with Zlatko as chef is truly an experience you don't want to limit in any way.
Organized, hands on, experienced as a seaman (more than once he has been offered to take position of the captain of the yacht), cheerful and heart of the team, Zlatko easily made decision to join Navilux, as he is well introduced with the yacht and the crew.
Zlatko obtained all levels and titles of specialized education for chefs available in Croatia: Master chef program finished Cum Laude in 2011 at School for tourism and hospitality Split, four years later (2015) earned Master chef title by Croatian Chamber of Trades and Arts Split.
Beside cooking and exploring what's new in the world of pots and pans, Zlatko is passionate about the cars, skilled car mechanic, licensed truck driver as well, loves to play football (five-a-side) with his friends. Zlatko and his wife will take any opportunity to travel - both passionate about broadening horizons and romantic escapes, all well-deserved, as they are devoted parents of three children.
Steward/ Bartender: Toni Ljubetic
Languages: English, basic Italian
Upon graduating from American hospitality college specializing in professional service Toni continued his professional specialization in Colorado, USA, where he lived and worked from 2001 - 2003.
During his work in Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek Hotel, Avon and later in The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Tony has passed specialized training programs working at the same time at all positions in areas of food and beverages management of the hotels that brought to him full picture of the essence and necessity of team work, organization, time and team management ( from steward/waiter to bartender, ending as supervisor of food and beverage department).
After return to Croatia, Toni joined shortly USAID Community Engagement Project as Higher Consultant, developing the training system for the employees managing system and establishing quality service guidelines for three new luxury hotels in Split.
Soon he was noticed by the management of Le Meridien Lav Hotel in Split so Toni spent a decade as a detailed and devoted manager of different food and beverage sections in that house, managing thru that period three bars, room services, two restaurants and banquets in hotel, coordinating work of up to 50 employees.
In 2016 Toni accepted proposal from Navilux management, looking forward to get back to direct work with clients as he felt it is time to take a break from managing career and become a part of exclusive and enthusiastic team on board of this luxury sailing yacht. From from the first charter Navilux team had only praises for Toni: "He simply blended in, like he knows us and yacht for years." Attentive, measured, cheerful, hard-working, nothing is a trouble for him, always smiling and helping - all of these words come up when you ask about Toni.
Toni ensures that everyone’s needs and expectations are met welcoming and professionally. Enthusiastic about his role on board SY Navilux, Toni has mastered the art of unobtrusive yet impeccable service. In his free time Toni is aquarists, enjoys fishing, sports - basketball and football in particular, loves to travel but most of all, he enjoys his role of father to his almost a year old baby girl.
Engineer: Marin Klaric
Languages: English, Italian
After Maritime High School Marin gained his experience in both yachting as well as commercial shipping. Marin approaches his job in a very professional way. The captain of the Navilux will often say that Marin is born sailor, with natural talent for immaculate assistance in maneuvering of the yacht, giving unbelievably precise instructions based on estimations and predictions, or simply – his feeling of the sea and wind. His engineering knowledge, organization skills, devotion to details and constant awareness of every working segment of Navilux as a mechanical entity, together with the fact that he is on board from the first season (2012) will definitely contribute to your overall feeling of being in capable and safe hands on board of this luxury yacht. Marin is truly devoted to his job and carries well balanced approach; he is simply there whenever you need him, ready for any task with professional and affable approach.
1st mate: Srdjan Smailagic
Nationality: Croatian, Language: English
Srdjan or Sergio has been growing up with boats since his youngest years. He has been appointed crew member of Navilux from the beginning of its building so it is only fair to say that he really knows the yacht from inside. Sergio’s warm and kind personality has made him favorite crew member among the crew and highly appreciated among the clients. Always ready to help and work hard, reaching to assist other crew members, the kind of person that simply
can fit in any role on board and he matches all with the great sense of humor.
Hostess: Frenzy Matijaca
Born and raised in Laguna, Philippines, by formal education Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Frenzy's on going and adventurous spirit couldn't sit long behind programmer's desk. Interaction with the people is Frenzy's strong side, so she found much more pleasure working as a restaurant supervisor and fashion sales consultant in Manila. Her hobby and passion from an early age was singing. Frenzy made a career out of that, while living in Japan, when she was professional singer. After two years of performing on club stages of Kyoto and Osaka, Frenzy returned to Philippines to work as a receptionist of Ronette Villareal Junsay Hotel, Manila. She spent two years behind receptionist's desk when received offer to work as housekeeper in residency of Philippines ambassador in Croatia. It was an exciting opportunity to again do something new and different, and of course Frenzy took it and organized the household and staff in ambassador's residency for next two years.
For past 3 years Frenzy is Croatian bride living with her husband in charming Croatian coastal town of Trogir, and is excited to join Navilux from this season. Her kind nature and fun personality, high working ethics and energy are exactly what management of Navilux was looking for.
Deckhand: Stipe Babic
Languages: English, German
Stipe finishes off this crew as another excellent new addition to the team. Stipe was born in Switzerland where he spent his early childhood years, before returning to Croatia where he continued his higher education gaining qualifications in construction and surveying. Stipe worked in this industry for 6 years, travelling all around Europe, measuring formations and infrastructure stability of tunnels. It was a high-risk job that provided an environment of adventure and challenge; Stipe gained many valuable skills in this role, placing teamwork above everything else.
However when Stipe grew restless in this role, he turned his heart and his eyes to a career at sea. In his words, he has: “always loved the sea, adventure and travel – working on yachts provides all of this, it also gives me the opportunity to meet people from all around the world and to explore and understand diversities and similarities of human society and varieties of cultures”.
Stipe built respectable reputation in the yachting industry, this is his sixth season aboard charter yachts and is dedicated to pushing his long-term goal - to one day Captain a charter yacht. Hardworking and committed crew member, attentive and respective Stipe was targeted by Navilux management and offered opportunity to join Navilux team.
Stipe has an adventurous spirit and outside yachting, he is also passionate about nature, hiking and motorbikes.
Along with Stipe's attributes, which make him a valuable deckhand, he also contributes to the overall ethos and atmosphere of the boat and crew with his excellent team spirit, sense of humor and highly likeable personality.