Captain: Ante Ercegovic
From his earliest years, Ante has been learning how to manage and maintain ships with his grandfather and father. Even before graduating “Cum Laude” at the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Split, he couldn’t imagine himself doing anything else other than to follow the footsteps of generations of his ancestors, who were invariably captains and boat owners.
After four years on board of the 38m luxury charter yacht Navilux, from 2016 he has completely dedicated himself to the SY AIAXAIA project – from the very idea till the final product. It is clear that Ante knows every corner of MSY Navilux. Ante is an extremely goal-orientated person, focused and very natural in his leadership role. As a project manager and captain of Nvailux, he has chosen very carefully his crew, in order to provide absolutely the best possible service to his charter guests in a pleasant and positive working environment.
Ante grew up with intuitive love for food. His mother and grandmother recognised that his interest in cooking is something much more than just a child’s curiosity, so they guided him and supported in his first steps in the culinary world. Ante continued cooking, learning and exploring for years to come. The list of the restaurants where Ante has worked is impressive. He worked his way to get the opportunity to thrive under the mentorship of the most prominent names of Croatian cooking scene.
Ante is looking forward to providing MSY Navilux guests the ultimate gourmet experience: the opportunity to create his menus according to previously gathered preferences of charter guests he finds completely liberating.
Steward: Jakša Bučić
Jakša has years of experience in hospitality and working aboard yachts. Hospitality is not just a job, it is a passion and way of life. Jakša has proved himself to be a valuable asset to every yacht he has ever worked on, and he is excited to be a part of the professional Navilux crew. Jakša is outgoing, and while he is professional, he also has a great sense of humour which helps anyone feel relaxed in his presence. Jakša loves creating memorable moments for his guests; his experience and knowledge ensure everyone who sails with Navilux will have an amazing holiday.
Stewardess: Karmen Rozic
Karmen is a diligent, experienced and professional hostess who makes another great addition to the Navilux crew. Karmen has worked several seasons aboard various yachts and in resorts around the world; in every role, she has pushed herself to grow and learn which is why she comes highly recommended. Karmen is organised, attentive and detail-oriented – all traits required in this role.
While Karmen's role is less guest-facing, it is a crucial element of the overall service provided onboard Navilux. Guests will notice and appreciate the care and attention of Karmen's work. In her spare time, Karmen enjoys walking, cooking and gardening.
Stewardess: Melody Rarela Matkovic
As a diligent, experienced, professional stewardess Melody has always proved herself to be a valuable asset to every resort and yacht she worked on. She worked for several seasons on different yachts and in resorts around the world, always upgrading the service, team spirit and overall experience of the clients. Melody worked from 2014 – 2016 on SY Navilux, leaving an impeccable reputation among the clients of that yacht, to join SY Aiaxaia in 2017 but this season she is back on Navilux to provide the best housekeeping service. Melody is an organised,
attentive, and well-focused person, in control of the situation in her working domain. Although you might not see Melody that much, the results of her work will thrill you. In her spare time, Melody is learning Croatian (tutored by her Croatian husband), enjoys walking, cooking and gardening.
Engineer: Mate Kapic
Mate has been on and around the sea since his childhood. A passion for engineering is part of his life as long as he can remember. After 6 years of experience on new-builds or newly-refitted mini cruisers operating in Croatian waters, Mate gained a reputation of the man you want in the engine room of your yacht. Mate brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to ensure the smooth operation of this astonishing yacht, while at the same time makes a great addition to Navilux’s crew, being easy-going, and a diligent team player with no issues to give a hand wherever needed on board. In his spare time Mate loves outdoor activities, fishing, sports and enjoys good movies.
Deckhand: Srđan Smailagić
Srđan is a passionate sailor and enjoys everything connected to the sea. After graduation, Srđan completed all safety training and certificates in the Maritime School in Split, and obtained the highest international certificates for his position. Following this, Srđan worked for more than 8 years on yachts and passenger ships sailing worldwide.
Most recently, Srđan was aboard luxury yacht Aixaia and now he follows Ante to join as crew aboard Navilux. Srđan has a relaxed and friendly nature which guests feel and appreciate. Whether driving the tender for guests to go ashore or enjoy water-sports, or helping around the yacht, Srđan is always willing to do what is necessary to ensure the best experience for the guests and a positive working atmosphere amongst the crew.
Deckhand: Luka Maric
Luka grew up on the sea and fell in love with boats at an early age. His passion enabled him to sail around the world on various passenger ships.
Luka was able to choose a new job from many offers that were laid in front of him once he decided to limit his sailing area from worldwide seas to his local, well known and deeply loved Adriatic. Besides his experience, knowledge and other professional qualities that make him an outstanding addition to MSY Navilux’s fleet, Luka is truly a hands-on person who takes every task seriously and completes it in the best way, striving to make your stay on yacht both safe and pleasant as possible.