Andy Stuart (pictured) has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Norwegian Cruise Line following the resignation of Drew Madsen after less than six months.

Stuart has been with Norwegian Cruise Line since 1988 and has held a number of management positions, most recently as executive vice president of sales.

Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive of parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said: “Given the recent restructuring of the role and job responsibilities, Drew has decided to step down. We thank him for his contributions and wish him well.

“As we continue to build the newly merged organisation, we are tapping into the tremendous company and industry knowledge that Andy has, along with the strong relationships he has built with our travel partners.

“Andy and Norwegian are virtually synonymous. He is very well known and respected by our guests, travel partners, officers, crew, and team members. I am extremely confident that he is the perfect leader for the next phase of Norwegian’s growth,”

Stuart, who will report to Del Rio, said: “Having seen Norwegian Cruise Line grow significantly during the course of my career, I am thrilled and proud to lead this incredible company as we continue to enhance and build the brand.

“The future is extremely bright and I am looking forward to continuing to work with our travel partners through our expanded sales team, delivering an exceptional product to our guests in conjunction with our hard-working officers and crew and ensuring that our team members are motivated and engaged, all the while building value for our shareholders.”