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The masters of the sea! Learn more about the Captains of the MSC Cruises fleet.
Captain Pietro Scarpato: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1994 as a 3° officer. In 1999 he moved to the group’s passenger vessels, where he was promoted to the position of staff captain in 2006. (update: 2012)

Captain Pietro Scarpato: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1994 as a 3° officer. In 1999 he moved to the group’s passenger vessels, where he was promoted to the position of staff captain in 2006. (update: 2012)

Captain Pierpaolo Scala: An 18-year veteran officer with Carnival Cruise Lines, Captain Scala, like many great mariners, hails from Sicily. Prior to joining Carnival, he piloted massive oil tankers around the globe for Chevron. In 2011, after 2 months of familiarization trainings on MSC Cruises ships he took the command of MSC Opera. (updated: 2012)

Captain Pierpaolo Scala: An 18-year veteran officer with Carnival Cruise Lines, Captain Scala, like many great mariners, hails from Sicily. Prior to joining Carnival, he piloted massive oil tankers around the globe for Chevron. In 2011, after 2 months of familiarization trainings on MSC Cruises ships he took the command of MSC Opera. (updated: 2012)

Captain Giuliano Bossi: Joined MSC Cruises in 2007 with 25 years of Captain experience and in 2008 he was named Captain of MSC Fantasia. Today he is on his 9th season with MSC Cruises. Captain Bossi has commanded all MSC Cruise classes except for Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Giuliano Bossi: Joined MSC Cruises in 2007 with 25 years of Captain experience and in 2008 he was named Captain of MSC Fantasia. Today he is on his 9th season with MSC Cruises. Captain Bossi has commanded all MSC Cruise classes except for Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Raffaele Russo: Started his career in 1982 as first officer and in 1988 he was given his first command of an MSC Cargo vessel, going on to command these vessels for 23 seasons. In 2006 MSC offered him his first command of a cruise ship, the Monterey. Today he is on his 9th season with MSC Cruises. Captain Raffaele Russo has commanded Musica and Lirica class ships as well as the Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Raffaele Russo: Started his career in 1982 as first officer and in 1988 he was given his first command of an MSC Cargo vessel, going on to command these vessels for 23 seasons. In 2006 MSC offered him his first command of a cruise ship, the Monterey. Today he is on his 9th season with MSC Cruises. Captain Raffaele Russo has commanded Musica and Lirica class ships as well as the Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Antonio Siviero: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1978 with the rank of first officer. In 2003 MSC Cruises offered him his first command of a passenger ship, the Monterey. Captain Siviero is now in his 15th season of commands on board MSC cruises. Captain Siviero belongs to a sailors’ family, and all of his brothers are Captains too. He has commanded Lirica class ships and the MSC Melody. (update: 2012)

Captain Antonio Siviero: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1978 with the rank of first officer. In 2003 MSC Cruises offered him his first command of a passenger ship, the Monterey. Captain Siviero is now in his 15th season of commands on board MSC cruises. Captain Siviero belongs to a sailors’ family, and all of his brothers are Captains too. He has commanded Lirica class ships and the MSC Melody. (update: 2012)

Captain Mario Stiffa: From 1979 to 1988 he worked with MSC Cargo as ship superintendent. In 1989 he joined Ecolmare  as Captain and supervisor. In 2000 he joined MSC Cargo with the rank of Captain and held this rank for eight seasons before moving to his first command of a passenger ship, MSC Lirica, in 2004. He is today on his 15th embark on board passenger ships. Captain Stiffa has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises’ fleet. (updated: 2012)

Captain Mario Stiffa: From 1979 to 1988 he worked with MSC Cargo as ship superintendent. In 1989 he joined Ecolmare as Captain and supervisor. In 2000 he joined MSC Cargo with the rank of Captain and held this rank for eight seasons before moving to his first command of a passenger ship, MSC Lirica, in 2004. He is today on his 15th embark on board passenger ships. Captain Stiffa has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises’ fleet. (updated: 2012)

Captain Giacomo Romano: Started his career with MSC in 1994 with the rank of second officer, after serving on board Renaissance Cruises’ fleet. In 2001 he became Staff Captain on board Monterey, and in 2005 he was promoted to Captain. Today he is on his 14th season with MSC. Captain Romano has commanded ships belonging to the Lirica and Musica classes as well as MSC Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Giacomo Romano: Started his career with MSC in 1994 with the rank of second officer, after serving on board Renaissance Cruises’ fleet. In 2001 he became Staff Captain on board Monterey, and in 2005 he was promoted to Captain. Today he is on his 14th season with MSC. Captain Romano has commanded ships belonging to the Lirica and Musica classes as well as MSC Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Mattia Manzi: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1972 and in 1975 he was promoted to the rank of first officer until 1985. The following year, he decided to change to passenger liners and moved to Carnival Cruise Lines where he became Captain and commanded passenger vessels from 1999-2003. In 2004 he returned to MSC where he took command of MSC Sinfonia. This is in his 14th season of commands on MSC passenger vessels, of which three have been on the largest class, Fantasia.

Captain Mattia Manzi: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1972 and in 1975 he was promoted to the rank of first officer until 1985. The following year, he decided to change to passenger liners and moved to Carnival Cruise Lines where he became Captain and commanded passenger vessels from 1999-2003. In 2004 he returned to MSC where he took command of MSC Sinfonia. This is in his 14th season of commands on MSC passenger vessels, of which three have been on the largest class, Fantasia.

Captain Ciro Pinto: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1993 with the rank of first officer. In 1994, he was promoted to Captain of MSC Cargo ships where he remained for 13 seasons. In 2007 he was given the command of his first passenger vessel, MSC Melody. He is now on his 6th embark on board passenger ships. Captain Pinto has commanded Melody and Lirica class ships. (updated: 2012)

Captain Ciro Pinto: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1993 with the rank of first officer. In 1994, he was promoted to Captain of MSC Cargo ships where he remained for 13 seasons. In 2007 he was given the command of his first passenger vessel, MSC Melody. He is now on his 6th embark on board passenger ships. Captain Pinto has commanded Melody and Lirica class ships. (updated: 2012)

Captain Raffaele Pontecorvo: Started his MSC career Cargo in 1982 when he embarked on board MSC Corinna as deck cadet. In 1990 he embarked for the first time on a passenger ship as 2nd Officer and from 1995-2000 he held the rank of Staff Captain.  In 2004 he started to command passenger ships and in 2010 he was given the command of MSC Splendida. Captain Pontecorvo is in his 12th season of commands on MSC passengers vessels and has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises' fleet.

Captain Raffaele Pontecorvo: Started his MSC career Cargo in 1982 when he embarked on board MSC Corinna as deck cadet. In 1990 he embarked for the first time on a passenger ship as 2nd Officer and from 1995-2000 he held the rank of Staff Captain. In 2004 he started to command passenger ships and in 2010 he was given the command of MSC Splendida. Captain Pontecorvo is in his 12th season of commands on MSC passengers vessels and has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises' fleet.

Captain Giuseppe Maresca: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1989 as deck cadet on MSC Ilaria. He demonstrated extraordinary skill and was given his first command of a cargo vessel when he was only 34. He held this rank for eight seasons before moving to his first command of a passenger ship in 2007, on MSC Lirica. Today he is on his 11th embark on board MSC cruise ships. Captain Maresca has commanded ships belonging to the Lirica class and Musica class. (updated: 2012)

Captain Giuseppe Maresca: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1989 as deck cadet on MSC Ilaria. He demonstrated extraordinary skill and was given his first command of a cargo vessel when he was only 34. He held this rank for eight seasons before moving to his first command of a passenger ship in 2007, on MSC Lirica. Today he is on his 11th embark on board MSC cruise ships. Captain Maresca has commanded ships belonging to the Lirica class and Musica class. (updated: 2012)

Captain Ferdinando Ponti: Started his MSC career with MSC Cargo in 1982 with the rank of first officer. He was given his first command of MSC Cargo vessels four years later in 1986, and went on to command these vessels for 21 seasons. Captain Ponti is in his 12th season of commands on MSC passenger vessels, of which three have been the largest class, Fantasia. Captain Ponti has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises' fleet, apart from MSC Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Ferdinando Ponti: Started his MSC career with MSC Cargo in 1982 with the rank of first officer. He was given his first command of MSC Cargo vessels four years later in 1986, and went on to command these vessels for 21 seasons. Captain Ponti is in his 12th season of commands on MSC passenger vessels, of which three have been the largest class, Fantasia. Captain Ponti has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises' fleet, apart from MSC Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Raffaele Ponti:  The younger brother of MSC Captain Raffaele Ponti started his career with MSC Cargo in 1979 with the rank of third officer. In 1990 he was given his first command of a cargo ship on MSC Barbara. In 2006, after 23 seasons, MSC Cruises offered him his first command of a cruise ship, on MSC Lirica. Captain Ponti  has commanded Lirica class ships and the MSC Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Raffaele Ponti: The younger brother of MSC Captain Raffaele Ponti started his career with MSC Cargo in 1979 with the rank of third officer. In 1990 he was given his first command of a cargo ship on MSC Barbara. In 2006, after 23 seasons, MSC Cruises offered him his first command of a cruise ship, on MSC Lirica. Captain Ponti has commanded Lirica class ships and the MSC Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Paolo Russo: Started his MSC career on 1998 with the rank of first officer on MSC Cargo ships (before 1998 he was master of cargo ship ). In 2001 he was given his first command of a cargo ship and in 2002 he embarked on MSC Melody as Staff Captain, a role he held until 2008 when, due to his extensive experience, he was promoted to Captain of MSC Lirica. Today he is on his 9th season on MSC cruise ships. Captain Paolo Russo has commanded Lirica class ships and Melody.

Captain Paolo Russo: Started his MSC career on 1998 with the rank of first officer on MSC Cargo ships (before 1998 he was master of cargo ship ). In 2001 he was given his first command of a cargo ship and in 2002 he embarked on MSC Melody as Staff Captain, a role he held until 2008 when, due to his extensive experience, he was promoted to Captain of MSC Lirica. Today he is on his 9th season on MSC cruise ships. Captain Paolo Russo has commanded Lirica class ships and Melody.

Captain Antonio Siviero: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1978 with the rank of first officer. He was given his first command of a cargo vessel in 1989 and went on to command these vessels for 22 embarks. In 2003 MSC Cruises offered him his first command of a passenger ship, the Monterey. Captain Siviero is now in his 15th season of commands on board MSC cruise ships. (updated: 2012)

Captain Antonio Siviero: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1978 with the rank of first officer. He was given his first command of a cargo vessel in 1989 and went on to command these vessels for 22 embarks. In 2003 MSC Cruises offered him his first command of a passenger ship, the Monterey. Captain Siviero is now in his 15th season of commands on board MSC cruise ships. (updated: 2012)

Captain Francesco Saverio Veniero (Age: 51): Started his career with MSC in 1993 and was promoted to Second Officer in 1999. After serving with other cruise companies he re-joined MSC Cruises as Staff Captain in 2005. He held this rank for six seasons until he was promoted to Captain in 2009. Today he is on his 6th season on an MSC ship. Captain Veniero has commanded Lirica and Musica class ships. (updated: 2012)

Captain Francesco Saverio Veniero (Age: 51): Started his career with MSC in 1993 and was promoted to Second Officer in 1999. After serving with other cruise companies he re-joined MSC Cruises as Staff Captain in 2005. He held this rank for six seasons until he was promoted to Captain in 2009. Today he is on his 6th season on an MSC ship. Captain Veniero has commanded Lirica and Musica class ships. (updated: 2012)


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Captain Mario Stiffa: From 1979 to 1988 he worked with MSC Cargo as ship superintendent. In 1989 he joined Ecolmare  as Captain and supervisor. In 2000 he joined MSC Cargo with the rank of Captain and held this rank for eight seasons before moving to his first command of a passenger ship, MSC Lirica, in 2004. He is today on his 15th embark on board passenger ships. Captain Stiffa has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises’ fleet. (updated: 2012)

Captain Mario Stiffa: From 1979 to 1988 he worked with MSC Cargo as ship superintendent. In 1989 he joined Ecolmare as Captain and supervisor. In 2000 he joined MSC Cargo with the rank of Captain and held this rank for eight seasons before moving to his first command of a passenger ship, MSC Lirica, in 2004. He is today on his 15th embark on board passenger ships. Captain Stiffa has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises’ fleet. (updated: 2012)

Captain Raffaele Ponti:  The younger brother of MSC Captain Raffaele Ponti started his career with MSC Cargo in 1979 with the rank of third officer. In 1990 he was given his first command of a cargo ship on MSC Barbara. In 2006, after 23 seasons, MSC Cruises offered him his first command of a cruise ship, on MSC Lirica. Captain Ponti  has commanded Lirica class ships and the MSC Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Raffaele Ponti: The younger brother of MSC Captain Raffaele Ponti started his career with MSC Cargo in 1979 with the rank of third officer. In 1990 he was given his first command of a cargo ship on MSC Barbara. In 2006, after 23 seasons, MSC Cruises offered him his first command of a cruise ship, on MSC Lirica. Captain Ponti has commanded Lirica class ships and the MSC Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Pierpaolo Scala: An 18-year veteran officer with Carnival Cruise Lines, Captain Scala, like many great mariners, hails from Sicily. Prior to joining Carnival, he piloted massive oil tankers around the globe for Chevron. In 2011, after 2 months of familiarization trainings on MSC Cruises ships he took the command of MSC Opera. (updated: 2012)

Captain Pierpaolo Scala: An 18-year veteran officer with Carnival Cruise Lines, Captain Scala, like many great mariners, hails from Sicily. Prior to joining Carnival, he piloted massive oil tankers around the globe for Chevron. In 2011, after 2 months of familiarization trainings on MSC Cruises ships he took the command of MSC Opera. (updated: 2012)

Captain Raffaele Pontecorvo: Started his MSC career Cargo in 1982 when he embarked on board MSC Corinna as deck cadet. In 1990 he embarked for the first time on a passenger ship as 2nd Officer and from 1995-2000 he held the rank of Staff Captain.  In 2004 he started to command passenger ships and in 2010 he was given the command of MSC Splendida. Captain Pontecorvo is in his 12th season of commands on MSC passengers vessels and has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises' fleet.

Captain Raffaele Pontecorvo: Started his MSC career Cargo in 1982 when he embarked on board MSC Corinna as deck cadet. In 1990 he embarked for the first time on a passenger ship as 2nd Officer and from 1995-2000 he held the rank of Staff Captain. In 2004 he started to command passenger ships and in 2010 he was given the command of MSC Splendida. Captain Pontecorvo is in his 12th season of commands on MSC passengers vessels and has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises' fleet.

Captain Raffaele Russo: Started his career in 1982 as first officer and in 1988 he was given his first command of an MSC Cargo vessel, going on to command these vessels for 23 seasons. In 2006 MSC offered him his first command of a cruise ship, the Monterey. Today he is on his 9th season with MSC Cruises. Captain Raffaele Russo has commanded Musica and Lirica class ships as well as the Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Raffaele Russo: Started his career in 1982 as first officer and in 1988 he was given his first command of an MSC Cargo vessel, going on to command these vessels for 23 seasons. In 2006 MSC offered him his first command of a cruise ship, the Monterey. Today he is on his 9th season with MSC Cruises. Captain Raffaele Russo has commanded Musica and Lirica class ships as well as the Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Antonio Siviero: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1978 with the rank of first officer. He was given his first command of a cargo vessel in 1989 and went on to command these vessels for 22 embarks. In 2003 MSC Cruises offered him his first command of a passenger ship, the Monterey. Captain Siviero is now in his 15th season of commands on board MSC cruise ships. (updated: 2012)

Captain Antonio Siviero: Started his career with MSC Cargo in 1978 with the rank of first officer. He was given his first command of a cargo vessel in 1989 and went on to command these vessels for 22 embarks. In 2003 MSC Cruises offered him his first command of a passenger ship, the Monterey. Captain Siviero is now in his 15th season of commands on board MSC cruise ships. (updated: 2012)

Captain Francesco Saverio Veniero (Age: 51): Started his career with MSC in 1993 and was promoted to Second Officer in 1999. After serving with other cruise companies he re-joined MSC Cruises as Staff Captain in 2005. He held this rank for six seasons until he was promoted to Captain in 2009. Today he is on his 6th season on an MSC ship. Captain Veniero has commanded Lirica and Musica class ships. (updated: 2012)

Captain Francesco Saverio Veniero (Age: 51): Started his career with MSC in 1993 and was promoted to Second Officer in 1999. After serving with other cruise companies he re-joined MSC Cruises as Staff Captain in 2005. He held this rank for six seasons until he was promoted to Captain in 2009. Today he is on his 6th season on an MSC ship. Captain Veniero has commanded Lirica and Musica class ships. (updated: 2012)

Captain Paolo Russo: Started his MSC career on 1998 with the rank of first officer on MSC Cargo ships (before 1998 he was master of cargo ship ). In 2001 he was given his first command of a cargo ship and in 2002 he embarked on MSC Melody as Staff Captain, a role he held until 2008 when, due to his extensive experience, he was promoted to Captain of MSC Lirica. Today he is on his 9th season on MSC cruise ships. Captain Paolo Russo has commanded Lirica class ships and Melody.

Captain Paolo Russo: Started his MSC career on 1998 with the rank of first officer on MSC Cargo ships (before 1998 he was master of cargo ship ). In 2001 he was given his first command of a cargo ship and in 2002 he embarked on MSC Melody as Staff Captain, a role he held until 2008 when, due to his extensive experience, he was promoted to Captain of MSC Lirica. Today he is on his 9th season on MSC cruise ships. Captain Paolo Russo has commanded Lirica class ships and Melody.

Captain Ferdinando Ponti: Started his MSC career with MSC Cargo in 1982 with the rank of first officer. He was given his first command of MSC Cargo vessels four years later in 1986, and went on to command these vessels for 21 seasons. Captain Ponti is in his 12th season of commands on MSC passenger vessels, of which three have been the largest class, Fantasia. Captain Ponti has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises' fleet, apart from MSC Melody. (updated: 2012)

Captain Ferdinando Ponti: Started his MSC career with MSC Cargo in 1982 with the rank of first officer. He was given his first command of MSC Cargo vessels four years later in 1986, and went on to command these vessels for 21 seasons. Captain Ponti is in his 12th season of commands on MSC passenger vessels, of which three have been the largest class, Fantasia. Captain Ponti has commanded all classes of the MSC Cruises' fleet, apart from MSC Melody. (updated: 2012)

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