Meet Captain Glenn Edvardsen from Crystal Cruises
From as far back as he can remember, Captain Glenn Edvardsen had always dreamed of going to sea.
Captain Edvardsen was only fifteen years old when he joined his first ship, starting as a deck hand. Ironically, he had never thought of becoming an officer at first. "Although the work was hard, I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed working at every level that I have been during my sea-going career." Glenn’s love of the sea compelled him to work on a variety of vessels, including cargo ships, tankers and gas carriers.
As an able seaman, Glenn joined his first cruise ship in 1981, the Sagafjord - which was part of the Norwegian American Line fleet. Soon after, Glenn was enrolled in to a prestigious maritime academy for a three year maritime course. Eager as ever to return to sea, he completed the course in just two years and became the second-in-command of a tanker.
It was during this time that Glenn had one of his greatest adventures; sailing on a tanker in the Persian Gulf during "Operation Desert Storm." Needless to say, this was a challenging and dangerous task. Following the experience in the Persian Gulf, Glenn returned to working aboard cruise ships where he has worked with companies including Cunard Line before sitting for his Master’s license in 1991.
Crystal Cruises then contacted him with an offer to serve aboard the former Crystal Harmony. Glenn accepted the offer and served aboard the Harmony as a safety officer for a short period before taking over as second-in-command. In the autumn of 1998, Glenn was promoted to captain of the former Crystal Harmony, which made him the youngest captain serving in the Crystal Cruises fleet.
Merging his hobby of the sea with his career allows Glenn to devote more time to his wife and two daughters who live in a small town in Norway. During his time on leave, Glenn enjoys family time at home, skiing in the winter, and, naturally, sailing his boat in the summertime.