Carnival Celebration: Captain and Officers Named

Less than three months ahead of her debut, Carnival Cruise Line has announced the senior leadership team for Carnival Celebration.

The Excel-class ship is currently under construction at Meyer Turku in Finland, and is set to begin sailing from PortMiami this November. Its leadership team is at the shipyard getting acquainted with the vessel as construction is completed.

“We’re proud to assemble this team of talented and knowledgeable maritime professionals to lead a dedicated crew on our next innovative Excel-class ship, Carnival Celebration. We can’t wait to welcome guests to vacation with all this ship has to offer, and this team will ensure a great onboard experience for our guests,” said Carnival President Christine Duffy.

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L to R: Alcaras, Gervaise, and Camilleri (Photos courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Captain Vincenzo Alcaras

When Carnival Celebration completes her first week in service from Miami, Captain Alcaras will also mark his 26th anniversary with Carnival Cruise Line.

In 1996, Captain Alcaras, who is originally from Italy, began working on Carnival’s first Celebration ship, MS Celebration, as a second officer. He was promoted to first officer on that vessel and then promoted to Safety Officer two years later.

He became captain in September 2006 on Carnival Miracle. Captain Alcaras has worked on several Carnival ships and been part of the inaugural team for newbuilds, overseeing the delivery of Carnival Breeze and the line’s latest ship Mardi Gras.

“I have a strong connection with Carnival Celebration, like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep,” said Alcaras. “There’s nothing like standing at the edge of the ocean, seeing its vastness on the horizon, and doing so will be all the more special for me from this ship as it holds a special piece of my own personal history with Carnival Cruise Line.”

Five facts about Captain Alcaras:

  • Favorite place on board: Wheelhouse
  • Favorite food on board: My recipe at Cucina del Capitano
  • Favorite Playlist show: Celestial Strings
  • Most memorable moment with Carnival: When I was appointed captain on Carnival Miracle in 2006.
  • Favorite thing to do when not on board: I love to spend time with my family as much as I can, read books, and watch soccer.

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Chief Engineer Fabien Gervaise

For over 22 years, Fabien Gervaise has worked on many Carnival ships, including several recent newbuilds.

Born in France, he moved with his family to Italy when he was a child, and went on to start working with Carnival in April 2000 as a third engineer on Carnival Paradise. Within two years he was promoted to second engineer.

In the early 2000s, Gervaise also served as an onboard environmental officer. He became chief engineer in December 2013 on Carnival Breeze.

Five facts about Fabien Gervaise:

  • Favorite place on board: The front of the ship’s open deck
  • Favorite food on board: Bonsai Sushi
  • Favorite Playlist show: Celestial Strings
  • Most memorable moment with Carnival: Alaska cruise with Carnival Legend among the fjords
  • Favorite thing to do when not on board: I’m a licensed amateur radio operator and I enjoy talking with friends all over the world and building electronic devices for communications. I also love fishing.

Hotel Director Pierre Camilleri

Now in his 18th 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 in Europe and Asia.

He has served as hotel director on several Carnival ships and has been a part of the inaugural teams for Carnival Breeze, Carnival Vista, Carnival Horizon, and Mardi Gras.

Five facts about Pierre Camilleri:

  • Favorite place on board: It will be The Gateway on Carnival Celebration
  • Favorite food on board: Big Chicken
  • Favorite Playlist show: We Are One
  • Most memorable moment with Carnival: The day we sailed with guests on Mardi Gras during summer 2021 after the long pause.
  • Favorite things to do when not on board: Spending quality time with my three lovely daughters, Jessica, Julia, and Ella based in England, Malta, and Hungary.
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The Gateway zone (Rendering courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Carnival Celebration will sail year-round from Miami, offering seven-night Caribbean cruises starting November 21, 2022.

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