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Seafarers’ House honors Princess Cruises’ Jan Swartz at 2017 Golden Compass Gala

May 23, 2017



May 23, 2017 - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – More than 300 supporters and guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale recently to honor Jan Swartz, group president of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia. The black-tie event, which included a high-energy auction where safaris, cruises, jewelry and artwork were up for bid, raised more than $250,000.


Swartz is the first female recipient of the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award, which is given each year to those who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea, or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers. The award is in its 21st year.


“Jan is such a special person and has a warmth and serious commitment to caring for the same seafarers who we care for,” said Seafarers’ House Executive Director Lesley Warrick. “This is an industry that has traditionally been a male bastion. Over the years though, we have seen the involvement of greater numbers of women throughout the maritime industry and Jan is a shining star in her field.


As president of Princess Cruises, Swartz leads the world’s largest international premium cruise brand, overseeing a global cruise line and tour company with a fleet of 18 ships that carry 2 million passengers annually. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc.


“Tonight, we recognize and support the efforts of Seafarers’ House, who in turn support our officers and crew,” said Swartz who, earlier in the day toured Seafarers’ House. “I was struck by the passion that everyone has for caring for the physical, mental and spiritual health of the hundreds of thousands of mariners who come through their doors. It’s a safe haven for them to come ashore to relax and recharge.”


Other guests included Deputy Port Director, Port Everglades, Glenn Wiltshire; Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca; past Golden Compass award recipient Joseph Farrell, Jr., president and CEO of Resolve Marine Group; Cliff Berry, CBI founder; and Michael Kaczmarek, VP, Corporate Shipbuilding at Carnival Corporation.


The Very Reverend Bishop Peter Eaton of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, gave the evening’s invocation.


“This ministry is a real light of hope and comfort and encouragement to the many people who work in the maritime industry,” said Eaton, whose predecessor helped to launch Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades in 1989. “The great thing about Seafarers’ House mission is that they are ready at any time to give the kind of help that people need.”


LaMarca presented Swartz with a proclamation designating May 13, 2017 as Jan Swartz Appreciation Day in Broward County. She has been with the global cruise line for 16 years. She began in March 2001 as vice president of strategy and business development and held various positions, including senior vice president of sales and customer service for both Princess sister brand Cunard, as well as president of Princess Cruises. In December 2016, she was promoted to her newest role as Group President Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia.


Click here to view pictures from the event.


Past Golden Compass award recipients include artist, philanthropist and entrepreneur Dr. Guy Harvey; President and CEO of Resolve Marine Group, Joseph Farrell, Jr.; international seafaring hero Captain Richard Phillips; Roberto Giorgi, V. Ships; Dan Sten Olsson, Stena Sphere; Adam Goldstein, Royal Caribbean International; Stein Kruse, Holland America Line; Captain Nicola Arena, MSC Cruises; and Thomas B. Crowley, Jr., Crowley Maritime Corp.; Cliff Berry, CBI founder, among others.


Seafarers’ House Launches Annual Philanthropic Partner Program

April 4, 2017


Seafarers’ House is pleased to announce that American Maritime Officers, (AMO), the largest union of U.S. merchant marine officers, is supporting the organization’s mission year-round by becoming the Port Everglades-based nonprofit’s first Annual Philanthropic Partner.

The partnership program was established this year as a way to give donors an opportunity to support Seafarers’ House mission in a way that not only has a more significant impact, but also best fits their own philanthropic giving goals.

“Our donors historically have been very generous and many have asked us how they can support us, not only during special events, but year-round, because Seafarers’ House is open throughout the year,” said Executive Director Lesley Warrick. “By becoming an Annual Philanthropic Partner, organizations not only will be able to sponsor our individual events, but also can provide funding for regular operations, as well as assist with emergencies when they arise.”

Last year, for example, Seafarers’ House reached into its emergency coffers to assist the crew of the cargo ship m/v Delphinus. A dozen mariners were stranded off the coast of Fort Lauderdale after the ship was seized by the U.S. Marshals Service. Seafarers’ House provided the crew with supplies, brought them ashore for a break from shipboard life and offered comfort and counsel.

“AMO has been a long-time supporter of Seafarers’ House and was looking for a means to have a greater impact with its philanthropic support,” said AMO Controller Thom Heaton.

The sponsorship package provides donors with opportunities to support Seafarers’ House annual signature event, the Golden Compass Award Gala, as well as its Shoebox Christmas program, South Florida Business Leaders’ Luncheon, International Day of the Seafarer, mariner transportation and much more.


Interested partners can contact Jennifer Stewart at or by calling 954-734-1583. More information on our Corporate Partners Program is available here.





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