Captain Antonio Marchetti Carnival Cruise Line – Captain Antonio Marchetti, one of Carnival Cruise Line’s longest-serving captains since 1988, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Captain Antonio Marchetti, 67, had retired in 2017 after a long and prestigious career, and his loss is being felt by not only his biological family but the one he formed with passengers and crew members over his many years of service.
Captain Marchetti’s last contract was aboard Carnival Magic, the newest Carnival ship to sail from Port Canaveral, joining Carnival Victory and Carnival Valor on year-round departures from the Space Coast.
Flags were flown at half-mast on all Carnival ships for one day as a sign of respect and final salute to a great captain.
Christine Duffy, the president of Carnival Cruise Line, who reached out to alert crew members. “As some of you already know,” she said, one of [our] longest-serving captains, Antonio Marchetti, passed away yesterday. On behalf of the entire Carnival family, I want to express our sincerest condolences to his beautiful wife Claudia and his family as they cope with this loss.”
One crew member who had served with Marchetti during her very first contract on the Carnival Paradise back in 2005 took to Facebook to fondly reflect on their time working together, recalling his fondness for avocado with lime and Santa margarita wine.
“He was a very humble person who cared deeply for the crew,” recalled another.
Prior to serving as the captain aboard Carnival Magic, Marchetti was the master aboard numerous Carnival Cruise Line ships, including the Dream, Freedom, Elation, Spirit and others. Captain Marchetti was often at the helm when the ship would make an inaugural port call, allowing him the pleasure of taking part in the ceremonies which traditionally take place on those occasions.
Like many of the passengers who had the pleasure of sailing a ship under his command, we thank him for taking on the difficult challenges and almost unfathomable responsibilities that come with the job he loved so dearly.