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Princess Cruises announced today that Captain Dino Sagani has been named master of its next new ship, Majestic Princess. He will lead a senior officer team with more than 100 years of seagoing experience among them. The relief Captain position was appointed to another Princess Cruises’ veteran, Captain Craig Street. So why would you care about this? After all, Majestic Princess will be based in China year-round and home-ported in Shanghai.
The Princess announcement highlights the diversity and depth of experience that we find on the bridge of every cruise ship. Most often, cruise ship Captains have been at it for decades on a variety of ships in many parts of the world.
Interesting to me, while different cruise lines may be competing against one another in the marketplace and vying to be our line of choice, at sea it is a different situation altogether.
On the ship, hoopla of the good value we bought aside/dream in progress we have pretty much put our lives in the hands of these guys. It’s nice to believe they know what they are doing.
About Captain Dino Sagani
Captain Dino Sagani has served on board the ships of Princess Cruises for over 21 years having commanded a variety of Princess vessels, including Sea Princess, Dawn Princess, Sapphire Princess, Diamond Princess and most recently as relief captain on board Royal Princess and Regal Princess. Sagani was born in Trieste on the North East 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 minesweeper during the first Gulf War. After the Navy, he joined Princess Cruises in 1995, where he quickly climbed the ranks and was promoted to Captain in 2007.
About Captain Craig Street
Captain Craig Street has commanded a variety of Princess vessels, including Caribbean Princess, Golden Princess, Sea Princess, Sun Princess, the former Royal Princess and Pacific Jewel, with sister Company P&O Australia. In addition, Captain Street has previously had the opportunity to bring three Princess cruise ships into service from the same shipyard in Italy; namely the Caribbean Princess, Sea Princess & Dawn Princess. Street was born in Norfolk, England, spent most of his youth living in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1990 he joined the Princess family as a deck cadet and after serving 3 years as an apprentice, qualified as 3rd Officer in 1993. Since then he has advanced through the ranks with his first command being the Star Princess in 2008.
About Majestic Princess
Setting sail in spring 2017, Majestic Princess will offer many of the same special features as Royal Princess and Regal Princess, which have been so well-received. These include a dramatic multi-story atrium serving as the social hub of the ship; an over-the-ocean SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; the Princess Live! interactive studio; and a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light.
As the first ship built and designed specifically for the China market, Majestic Princess will also feature a number of new venues and experiences created for this market, with more details revealed in the coming months.