Carnival Cruise Line today announced the appointment of Captain Giuseppe Guisa as Master for its newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras which is currently under construction at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and set to debut in summer 2020.
The 31-year veteran of the maritime industry,Captain Giusa joined Carnival in 1993 after serving as a sergeant in the Italian Navy. 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.
Commenting on his appointment, Captain 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 honoured 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.”
Captain Guisa will lead a team of more than 1,700 dedicated crew members who will travel to Turku, Finland, to prepare the ship for its inaugural 31 Aug 2020 voyage. Its inaugural voyage will be a nine-day cruise from Copenhagen to Southampton. The ship will then reposition to New York for a series of voyages before arriving in Port Canaveral for year-round seven-day Caribbean sailings beginning in October.