CAPTAIN - Niksa Gluncic
Languages: Croatian, English & basic Italian
Niksa is the captain of ACAPELLA. Niksa has been at sea for almost as long as he can walk, spending time with his father and grandfather on their various family boats. The Gluncic family has a 100-year history at sea and Niksa has never imagined doing anything else. In 2003, he and his brother Tomislav bought Gulet Andeo and sailed with her in charter for 17 years; where they built a reputation of excellence which moves with them to ACAPELLA. Niksa studied at the American College of Management and Technology, and has his Yacht Master certificate. He speaks fluent English and basic Italian and has a genuine passion for meeting people, sailing and exploring new destinations. He is extremely service-oriented; going ‘above and beyond’ isn’t something he needs to think about, it is part of who he is. This is why Niksa isn’t a captain who remains solely at the helm, he is very much a face for the guests and a big part of creating the atmosphere aboard. Niksa plans to stay with ACAPELLA for the foreseeable future and is excited to sail different seas.
FIRST OFFICER - Tomislav Gluncic
Languages: Croatian, English
Tomislav is the first officer and the other half of the dynamic duo that is the Gluncic brothers. Like his brother, Tomislav grew up on yachts, sailing with his father and grandfather from a young age. Tomi finished Maritime High School, has completed his Yacht Master certificate and has been at sea all of his life. Tomi worked with his brother Niksa for 17 years aboard their Gulet Andeo, delivering excellent service and building a long list of loyal clientele. Tomislav is knowledgeable, passionate about sailing, customer service, and he has a positive nature which is felt by all those around him. Tomislav’s ambitions are to stay with ACAPELLA for many years to come and he hopes to sail different destinations.
CHEF - Mladen Mustra
Languages: Croatian, English and German
Mladen is a reliable, creative and ambitious. For many years he has shown great interest in food and gastronomy attending various courses during his free time. In 2018 and 2019, Mladen completed an internship at the Michelin star restaurant Chef Ana Ros. As such, his menu planning, food presentation and innovation is exceptional. Mladen can prepare a wide range of international cuisines and specializes in fresh and delicious Mediterranean cuisines using the freshest of ingredients.
STEWARDESS - Mia Popovic
Languages: Croatian (Native), English (Excellent) Finnish (Basic)
Mia is a multi-talented stewardess who began her career in the yachting industry back in 2011. She has since worked as a bike tour guide, a project manager and cruise manager where she thrived using her organisation skills and passion for engaging with others.
Her exemplary kindness and patience translates well with adults and children alike: Before joining the yachting industry Mia trained in Kinesiology and gave Pilates classes and swimming lessons to children at an international camp as well as leading sport activities at a hotel resort. In addition, she has worked in several fitness centres as well as a centre for elderly care. Dedication to the satisfaction of her clients and their wellbeing make Mia an asset to any crew.
STEWARDESS - Sonja Radošević
Languages: Croatian (Fluent), English (Excellent)
Sonja has worked in the yachting industry along the Eastern and Western Mediterranean charter grounds since 2018, often as the sole stewardess on board. As such, she knows how to think on her feet to fulfil guest requests in a timely fashion as well as planning shore-based guest trips and completing interior maintenance to the highest standards.
Sonja is passionate about fitness and hiking plus the health benefits they bring, and her qualifications include First Aid and a licence as a Madero Therapist, sculpting the body using wooden tools to release built-up toxins and reduce cellulite in a hypoallergenic manner. Her experience, skills and positive energy all turn a Mediterranean cruise into a sensational holiday and first-time guests into repeat clients.
DECKHAND - Vinko Capar
Vinko is a young deckhand whose drive to learn has already given him tons of experience in yacht maintenance and hospitality, both on the shore and while off on extended charters. He is at ease with driving tenders and helping guests with water toys, and his fluency in English as well as his native Croatian makes communication effortless.
Experience aboard motor yachts and sailing yachts proves his adaptability and hardworking attitude, from maintenance, docking and anchoring to night watch duties that ensure the safety and security of both guests and crew.
Languages: Croatian (Native), English (Fluent)
Eggs encote with mushrooms and brioche toast topped with chorizo dust, served alongside roasted cherry tomatoes on a bed of creamy mushrooms.
Cinnamon mascarpone pancakes served with a medley of warm spiced apples and bananas sauteed with rum infused syrup, and an assortment of fresh berries.
Eggs caprese, Italian style. Lightly fried eggs are placed on slices of grilled garlic ciabatta, layered with crispy prosciutto and fresh creamy mozzarella, drizzled with pesto and freshly diced tomatoes
A serving of rum, raisin and coconut banana bread, blueberry scones with lemon glaze and an array of chocolate and fruit-filled croissants and/or muffins
Crispy dill latkes topped with thinly wrapped slices of smoked salmon around creamy
scrambled eggs served with toasted bagels
Smoked seafood risotto
Tuna steak in sesame, Mashed peas and mint, olive oil snow
Shrimp and chickpea soup
Fish in sous vide, Mayonnaise espumas, Potatoes in black tempura
Sea Bass fillet, Parsley dumplings, Nori Sauce, Caper chips