Carnival Cruise line has announced the senior leadership team for the transformed Carnival Radiance following an extensive £153 million refurbishment.
Currently sailing as Carnival Victory, the ship will depart Miami on 2 March for a 38-day dry dock and emerge as Carnival Radiance featuring all of the line’s culinary, beverage and entertainment innovations added as part of the line’s fleetwide ship enhancement programme.
Among Carnival Radiance’s many offerings will be the first-ever Big Chicken at sea restaurant created by the line’s chief fun officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.
The senior leadership team will include captain Stefano Bonica and captain Arik Mazzi, chief engineer Giovanni Lombardo and hotel director Caroline Bourke.
Captain Bonica will command the ship during dry dock while Captain Mazzi will take over once the vessel begins service in the U.S. Bonica attended Istituto Tecnico Nautico Caio Duilio in Messina and joined Carnival as a third officer in 2000. He was named captain in 2017 and has served on virtually every ship in the fleet during his two decades with the company.
Hailing from La Spezia, Italy, Mazzi served in the Italian Navy and joined Carnival Cruise Line as a deck cadet in 2000. During his 20 years with the company, he has served on a number of ships in the fleet, most recently as captain of Carnival Fantasy, Ecstasy and Victory.
A 25-year Carnival veteran, Lombardo followed in the footsteps of his father, also a chief engineer with the company, when he joined Carnival as a third engineer aboard Carnival Ecstasy. After working on a number of vessels across the fleet, he was named chief engineer in 2007 and has served in this capacity primarily aboard the line’s Destiny-class ships.
Born in Cork, Ireland, Bourke is a 16-year company veteran was part of the inaugural team that introduced Carnival Radiance’s sister ship, Carnival Sunrise, last year. Bourke joined Carnival Cruise Line in 2004 and was promoted to guest services manager in 2009 before being named hotel director in 2016.
They will lead a team of more than 1,000 crew members who will travel to Cadiz to prepare Carnival Radiance for its inaugural voyage – a 10-day sailing from Barcelona on 29 April, kicking off a schedule of nine- and 12-day Mediterranean cruises.
The ship will then reposition to New York to offer four- to nine-day cruises to Bermuda, the Caribbean and eastern Canada, as well as five- to seven-day voyages from Norfolk.