Explora Journeys appoints Captain Diego Michelozzi for its first ship, EXPLORA I
WHY IT RATES: Captain Diego Michelozzi brings to his new role more than two decades of experience with major cruise lines.—Patrick Clarke, TravelPulse Editor
Explora Journeys today announced the appointment of Captain Diego Michelozzi as Captain of EXPLORA I, the first of six ships to join the luxury travel brand’s fleet in 2023. The company previously announced earlier this year the appointment of Captain Serena Melani, who will alternate with Captain Diego Michelozzi at the helm of the first ship in the fleet.
Captain Michelozzi has spent the last two and a half years as a captain for a luxury line and worked for over 20 years in major cruise lines, after a period with the Italian Navy.
Michael Ungerer, Managing Director of Explora Journeys, said: “Captain Michelozzi will lead EXPLORA I to familiar and off-the-beaten-track destinations around the world through his experience, his passion for exploration and his respect for nature. ocean and nature, which reflects our own. We are delighted to welcome her on board as we continue to build momentum and prepare EXPLORA I to set sail soon.”
Captain Michelozzi added: “I am honored to join Explora Journeys and play a part in bringing the family’s foresight and vision to life. I was born on the Tuscan coast in Italy, come from four generations of sailors and naturally appreciate the company’s commitment to preserving the mesmerizing beauty of our oceans and marine life.
Captain Michelozzi studied at the Artiglio nautical school in Italy, obtained an associate degree in art at the University of Phoenix in the United States, a degree in leadership and management at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom and an MBA from Arden University in Coventry, also in the UK
EXPLORA I’s voyages during its first 12 months of operation will visit 138 ports in more than 40 different countries. The cruises begin with six-night voyages and end with a 44-night grand voyage to Northern Europe.
THE SOURCE: Explora Journeys press release.