Carnival Cruise Line Announces Captain of Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line has announced and captain of Mardi Gras, a new mega cruise ship will join the fleet in 2020.

Mardi Gras Senior Officers

The cruise line has not just announced who will captain the huge Mardi Gras mega ship when it arrives next year but also the senior officers. Carnival has introduced the Captain, Chief Engineer, and Hotel Director. if you’re an avid Carnival cruiser you might even recognize some faces.

Captain Giuseppe Giusa

A 31-year veteran of the maritime industry, Captain Giusa joined Carnival in 1993 after serving as a sergeant in the Italian Navy.

Captain Giuseppe Giusa (Photo Courtesy: Carnival Cruise Line)

After working his way through the ranks at Carnival and serving on the start-up teams of seven of the company’s ships, Giusa was named captain of Carnival Ecstasy in 2004, making him the youngest officer ever appointed to this position. Most recently, he served as captain on Carnival Breeze.

Captain Giuseppe Giusa said:

“The original Mardi Gras that debuted in 1972 set the tone for Carnival’s long history of Fun Ships. I am proud and honored to be a part of what this new Mardi Gras represents – a technologically advanced ship with exciting new ways for our guests to enjoy this truly unique vacation experience.”

Chief Engineer Ferdinando Ruocco

A graduate of the Nino Bixio Nautical School in Piano di Sorrento, Italy, Ruocco joined Carnival in 1997 following a career in the tanker industry. He was named chief engineer of Carnival Triumph in 2010, and over the past nine years, has served in this capacity for six vessels, most recently Carnival Valor.

Chief Engineer Ferdinando Ruocco (Photo Courtesy: Carnival Cruise Line)

He has also served as the fleet’s chief engineer working with Carnival Corporation’s Maritime Quality Assurance team to prepare the company for its two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered vessels, which includes Mardi Gras, the first cruise ship in North America powered by this technology.

Hotel Director Pierre B. Camilleri

Now in his 16th year with Carnival, Camilleri joined the company in 2004 as hotel director after managing a variety of hotel and resort properties in his native Malta, as well as Europe and Asia.

Hotel Director Pierre B. Camilleri (Photo Courtesy: Carnival Cruise Line)

He has served as hotel director on several Carnival ships and has been part of the inaugural teams for the line’s last three newbuilds, traveling to Italy to oversee the delivery of Carnival Breeze, Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon.

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About Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras will be the largest ever Carnival cruise ship at a huge 180,000 gross tons and a guest capacity of 5,200 at double occupancy. The senior team will lead more than 1,700 dedicated crew members who will join the ship during its final stages of construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland.

The mega ship will debut from Copenhagen on August 31, 2020, with a nine-day inaugural voyage which will end in Southampton, UK. The ship will even feature the world’s first Roller Coaster at sea.


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