Carnival Cruise Line today announced that their newest mega ship, the “Mardi-Gras”, due to join the fleet in 2020, has their captain and senior officers.
The massive ship, due to launch next year has several familiar faces as well for those who frequent Carnival’s existing line-up of ships.
Captain Giuseppe Giusa is an experienced 31-year veteran of the sea faring industry and joined Carnival in 1993. Most recently, Giusa served as captain on the Carinval Breeze and previously on the Carnival Ecstasy.
Hotel Director Pierre Camilleri joined Carnival in 2004 after managing several hotel and resort properties across Malta, Europe and Asia. Camilleri has strong roots in ensuring new ship hotel operations meet guest expectations. As the hotel director as part of the last three new ship deliveries, Camilleri has been hotel directory aboard Carnival Breeze, Vista and Horizon.
Chief Engineer Ferdinado Ruocco joined Carnival in 1997 and was most recently the chief engineer aboard the Carnival Valor. Among other ships, Ruocco was also on the Carnival Triumph as well as the fleet’s chief engineer managing the cruise lines entry into using Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) powered ships. The Mardi Gras will be the first cruise ship in North America to use LNG fuel.
The Mardi Gras will be Carnival Cruise Lines largest ship at 180,000 tons with a passenger capacity of over 5,200. It will be the first ship at sea with a roller coaster. Additionally the ship will have over 1,700 crew members. Mardi Gras will start with a 9-day cruise from Copenhagen to Southhampton with its maiden voyage to begin on August 31, 2020.