Key members of the Executive Team

Mario Grech

General Manager

During the first years of his career he worked in several outbound travel agencies before joining Executive Cruises (one of the three preferred partners for Royal Caribbean in Malta) at the end of the 90s.

In 2001 he was appointed the agency manager, and in 2005 was instrumental in Executive’s successful bid to become the exclusive agency for the Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara brands for Malta.

The success achieved by Mario over the past years  was crucial to the company’s recent appointment as General Sales Representative for Italy.

Giuseppe d’Agostino

Head of Italy Sales

Started his career in 1988 in the hospitality business and soon after in different sales management roles for major  holiday and cruise line companies in Italy. As Area Sales Manager for Holding Italiana Turismo, promoted the Comitours and Club Vacanze brands in Italy and gained a strong knowhow of the trade distribution platform.

A key knowledge that he exploited and expanded during his next career step as Sales Manager for Sporting Vacanze tour operator. In 2000 become National Sales Manager for Aci Sestante, launched by the Automobile club of Italy. In 2003 joined Royal Caribbean Cruise as Head of Retail & Key accounts Italy for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara brands.

Silvio Petrassi

Chief Marketing Officer

A professional with a consolidated experience working with both national and international companies in Italy and abroad. He has spent a 6-year stint with Royal Caribbean as country manager for Italy.

His key competences are strategic and digital marketing, business planning, and management. He is a permanent lecturer at management schools and universities such as Link Campus University and Istituto Europeo di Design, Accademia del Lusso, Italian Trade Agency Export Academy.

Operations & Bookings Executive

Donna Ciappara

Head of Operations – Malta & Italy

With 17 years of experience in the travel Industry, specialising mainly on Royal Caribbean & Celebrity cruise sales, Donna holds today the position of Operations & Booking Executive in charge of the Malta market. 

As the position implies, she is in direct contact with both the agents and clients, assisting with all the booking requirements, being flights, accommodation and most of all taking care of all the detailed preparation & handling of the cruise reservations for Azamara, Celebrity & Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Gianluca Lombardo

Bookings Office Supervisor – Italia

After completing his studies in Political Science with an international focus, Gianluca began his professional experience working for a well-known airline, after which he entered the cruise world working as a Group Coordinator, thus accumulating an experience of over 8 years in the pre and post sales of cruise products.

He gained a strong understanding of the Royal Caribbean International brand and products after joining the Executive Cruises team where he had the opportunity to get to know the brand new and super technological products that the company offers to the traveler today.

Gianluca is a very motivated and energetic person when it comes to promoting the Royal Brand, his goal is to meet and exceed customer expectations and to offer them the best travel experience. Great team player with strong communication and collaboration skills. His passion for travel and his sense of hospitality complete the profile.