I started my career as a seaman on cargo ships, where I worked for 10 years. I was dreaming of joining the cruise industry, and after working for several cruise companies, I joined Royal Caribbean International nine years ago.
As captain, what are your biggest priorities?
My priorities are navigation, security, environmental protection, and guest and crew satisfaction. With 890 crew members onboard, the challenge is to bring everyone together to build a team and a family. Because when you have a happy crew, you'll have happy guests.
How does it feel to work on a brand-new ship like Serenade of the Seas?
It is very exciting. Actually, I was in Germany for six months assisting during the construction of Serenade of the Seas, which was an amazing experience. And I must say, being the captain to deliver the new ship is something. I feel like a father with his new baby. I am so proud of it.
What's your favorite technological feature on the ship?
This is one of the few cruise ships in the world that use gas turbine engines, which minimize emissions up to 90%. And that's a great step forward to protect the environment.
Where do you most like to sail?
Anywhere at sea - especially Alaska. I've been there every season for 15 years. And when I'm not sailing, I live by the sea in Crete, Greece.