Bienvenue to the latest two!

We’re excited to announce the addition of two International Ambassadors! Seasoned sailors, Mathieu & Charmaine will be representing Cruise Academy in France and Australia respectively – helping to build our brand and inspire, educate and cultivate the next generation of seafarers.

As a dynamic cruise enthusiast, I am now strong of over ten years experience in this industry. After getting my Second Captain Degree in France in 2017, I have been able to live my passion at its very maximum as a crew member: first as deck officer and then focused about destination in the shore excursions team. Unfortunately, since 2018 a medical problem makes me unfit for full-time navigation. In parallel to my activities at sea, I collaborate with different actors and medias of the cruise industry as chronicler, reporter and photographer. I am also involved in cruise ships greeting in the ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre. Through these different activities, I have a global view of the cruise industry: from the ship to the port’s view, including the shipowner’s one. 

Mathieu Burnel

International Ambassador (France)

I started my career with Carnival Cruise Line in 2004 as Groups Coordinator. As an ambitious individual, I soon looked for the next step in my career and shortly after found myself working as a Shore Excursion Manager for five years. The last six years of my 15 year career I was HR Director, in this position I saw the most personal growth as I was providing my services and helping 1000+ employees in an environment of constant change. Working with new people on a weekly basis has taught me to be adaptable and accommodating to others, to have empathy towards those who are different from myself and to value the opinion of those I disagreed with. This career path has also lead to me finding love onboard, getting married and living happily ever after.

Charmaine Breytenbach

International Ambassador (Australia)