Nick Sunderland graduated from Durham University and headed straight out to sea with Holland America Line, a company he stayed with during a career that has seen him rise through the ranks.
“I love life at sea and I enjoy working hard” he said.
It was this ethos that saw him spending long periods at sea preparing to become a Staff Captain, something he achieved aged just 29. This certainly made him one of the youngest Staff Captains in the cruise industry!
“I come from an RAF family, so I really went against the grain when I decided to head out to sea” said Captain Nick Sunderland.
And after seven years in the role, he’s now ready to take on a new challenge with Saga, his first time as fully-fledged Master.
“I’m thrilled and just can’t wait to join the Saga family” said Nick. “The ships are smaller, and I’m very much a personable person, so it’s going to be great to really get to know everyone, meeting guests and socialising.”
“Home for me is with my family in Lincolnshire, in our house by the river. Even when I’m there I can’t get away from the water! And a holiday for me is being with my family and sleeping in my own bed. Time off is all about the simple pleasures in life. Spending time with my family, walking our dog, and playing golf when I get the chance.”
Nick spent the past 15 years in many exotic locales. “I’ve been so lucky and had many adventures, from sailing the coasts of Canada down to the Americas, to South East Asia and Australia. Rio has got to be a favourite port of mine – full of hustle and bustle and really multicultural and exciting. I know the Caribbean and Mediterranean well, but the Baltic cruises are going to be fairly new for me. I’m really looking forward sailing to St Petersburg too, I can’t wait.”