Princess Cruises Anticipates Welcoming Guests Back Onboard with Enthusiastic Majestic Princess Captains & Teammates with More Than 100 Years’ Experience
When Princess guests embark Majestic Princess next week, they will be warmly welcomed by the ship’s Captain, senior officers and crew who are highly anticipating hosting guests for the first time in 16 months.
Previously announced, the cruise line is slated to return to service in the United States with a partial season of Alaska sailings roundtrip from Seattle, with seven-day cruises scheduled to depart July 25 through September 26, 2021, onboard Majestic Princess.
Captain Dino Sagani and Captain Tony Draper will trade off at the helm of Majestic Princess, leading a senior officer team with more than 100 years of seagoing experience among them.
Captain Dino Sagani has served Princess Cruises for 26 years and had the privilege of being named the master of Majestic Princess when the ship first debuted in 2017.
Captain Sagani has commanded a number of Princess vessels, including Sea Princess, Dawn Princess, Sapphire Princess, Diamond Princess, Caribbean Princess, Golden Princess and served as relief captain for Royal Princess and Regal Princess. He was born in Trieste on the Northeast Adriatic coast of Italy.
Following the family tradition, he studied at the Nautical College in Trieste, which is one of the oldest nautical schools in Europe. On completion of his studies, he joined the Italian Navy, serving on a minehunter during the first Gulf War. He then joined Princess Cruises in 1995, where he quickly climbed the ranks and was promoted to Captain in 2007, at the age of 37 which made him become the youngest Captain ever to be promoted in the history of the Company.
Captain Tony Draper has been in command of a number of the cruise line’s vessels since 2006, including the inaugural of Royal Princess in 2013, where he had the distinct honor of hosting the ship’s Godmother, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. He has also been Fleet Captain and has captained Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, Crown Princess, Caribbean Princess, Dawn Princess, Sun Princess and Coral Princess, as well as ships for sister company P&O Australia.
He began his seagoing career with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the civilian-manned supply and logistics division of the UK’s Royal Navy. In 1994, he not only gained his Master’s Certificate but also achieved a UK commercial pilot’s license, reflecting his lifelong interest in aviation. In 1995, he joined Princess as Navigator of the original Island Princess.
Chief Engineer Massimiliano Imperiale, Hotel General Manager Charles Verwaal and Staff Captain Petar Lešić complete the leadership team.
“On behalf of the entire Majestic Princess team, we couldn’t be more excited to be the first to welcome our guests back on board to reconnect and help them create lasting memories and connections,” said Captain Sagani. “We’ve been anticipating this moment for 16 months and we’re ready to deliver our world-class service and highly personalized MedallionClass experience.”