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Presenting Carnival Firenze's senior leadership team

From left, Capt. Crescenzo Palomba, Chief Engineer Rosario Capilli and Hotel Director Renil Kuruvilla
Carnival Cruise Line Capt. Crescenzo Palomba, who took delivery of the former Costa Firenze two weeks ago, will serve as master of the future Carnival Firenze.

Other leaders for Carnival's 27th ship include Chief Engineer Rosario Capilli and Hotel Director Renil Kuruvilla. Gordon Travis was appointed entertainment director and Joey Boyes the inaugural cruise director.

The team is scheduled to welcome the first passengers aboard Carnival Firenze at Long Beach, California, April 25. Meanwhile, the ship is getting new livery and other changes for its 'Carnival Fun Italian Style' service at Navantia in Cadiz.

'This ship is a special addition to our fleet as we expand our operations on the West Coast, where we already embark more guests than any other cruise line,' Carnival President Christine Duffy said. 'We have a unique opportunity to bring our signature fun to a beautiful vessel inspired by the iconic city of Florence, Italy to our popular homeport of Long Beach. I’m certain this strong team is the perfect group to deliver this dynamic offering to our guests.'

Capt. Crescenzo Palomba

Hailing from Italy, Palomba began working for Carnival in 1999 and brings nearly 25 years of Fun Ship experience to the helm of Carnival Firenze. He has worked on 20 Carnival ships, including Carnival Venezia, Carnival Dream, Carnival Valor, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Elation.

Chief Engineer Rosario Capilli

Also from Italy, Capilli started with Carnival as a second engineer in 1990. He has led several engineering teams across the fleet as a chief since 2002. Capilli has worked on 13 other Carnival ships, including Carnival Horizon, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Pride and Carnival Vista.

Hotel Director Renil Kuruvilla

A native of India, Kuruvilla brings 30 years of hospitality management experience, with a diverse background in both hotels and the cruise industry. He joined Carnival in 2004, was promoted to hotel director in 2011 and has worked on 14 other Carnival ships, including Carnival Venezia, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Conquest and Carnival Pride.

Gordon Travis

Travis, from Scotland, has over 25 years of entertainment experience, 10 of those years working as a leader in the cruise industry. He became an entertainment director for Carnival in 2016 and recently led entertainment on Carnival Venezia.

Joey Boyes

A native of England, Boyes joined Carnival in 2017 as a member of the Fun Squad. He most recently served as cruise director on Carnival Horizon and has been cruise director on Carnival Venezia and Carnival Panorama. He also performs his own stand-up comedy.