Meet the team

Discover what it is our team love about Emerald Cruises  

At Emerald Cruises, our passion for river cruising is echoed within our team. We believe that the right people are integral to creating the exceptional experience we promise, from the moment you book your holiday with us, to every minute you spend on board our Star-Ships and exploring the wonderful destinations we visit.

From our reservations team and marketing department, to our knowledgeable Cruise Directors and chefs on board, each department is integral to providing the award-winning service that our guests can expect from every Emerald Cruises cruise.

We’d like to introduce you to a few members of our team, so you can gain an insight into what attracted them to the river cruise industry and hear what they love most about working for Emerald Cruises. Find out about the people who work behind the scenes to create each wonderful travel experience, just for you, in our insightful Q&A series.

Cruise Directors
Balaz Varga
Darren Collins
Jana Pakstaitis
Michael Ondrus
Nina van Loon
Patricia Muhardjo
Wesley Peeman
Activity Managers
Brett Bonds
Drazen Drazic
Harry Jordan
Jamie Sommers
Sarah Spilsbury
We have introduced Activity Managers to all seven of our European Star-Ships sailing the Rhine, Main, Danube, Moselle, Rhône and Douro rivers.

Not only will they organise our EmeraldACTIVE program, these dedicated and entertaining staff members complement our onshore EmeraldACTIVE program by coordinating on board yoga classes, trivia games, friendly competitions, local performances, and disco evenings. 

As part of our EmeraldACTIVE program, guided city walking tours and cycling excursions will be coordinated by these dedicated and entertaining staff members, as well as coordinating a wealth of on board activities and events including yoga classes and Pilates and a host of evening entertainment such as trivia games, card tournaments and traditional performances from locals. 

Read all about a day in the life of our Activity Managers in the interviews below and discover all the ways they will enhance your holiday experience.

Your cruise experts
Darren Birch
Brand Manager
David Winterton
Global Director of Brand & Marketing
Ellen Donaldson
Partnerships and Groups Manager
Lewis Quigley
Marketing Executive
Helena Hasleham
Senior Trade Marketing Executive
Richard Brierley
Digital Marketing Executive
Stacey Sanderson
Product Manager
Tilly Martin
CRM Executive
Giulia Gortana
Product Manager
Laure Dedours
Product Coordinator
Livia Stiefel
Product Manager
Denitza Dimitrova
Product Manager