Celebrity Cruises makes cruise industry history with the appointment of two brothers as co-captains of rise of celebritiesthe line’s newest Edge Series class ship which will debut in late 2023. The Greek brothers are veteran celebrity officers with more than 50 years of service to the cruise line between them.
“Star-powered siblings” at the helm
Like ships passing through the night, co-captains Dimitrios Kafetzis and Tasos Kafetzis will serve rotating three-month assignments on rise of celebrities. Their nominations mark the second time Celebrity Cruises has charted new territory on deck: The Line in 2015 chose Kate McCue as captain of Celebrity benefitmaking her the industry’s first female cruise ship captain.
Captain Dimitrios has been with Celebrity Cruises since 1990, his brother since 1998. The two will share the helm of the 3,260-passenger ship, which is being built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises, said: “Captain Dimitrios and Captain Tasos are our star siblings, a maritime dream team. They have given so much to the Celebrity family over the years that we are like a second family. Seeing their emotional reaction to this nomination and understanding what it means to share this pinnacle of their careers together was something I never expected and will never forget.
Lutoff-Perlo added: “This ship represents a monumental milestone for our brand, taking our innovative outward-looking design further than ever before and creating a whole new class of relaxed luxury resorts at sea. I am so proud of the leave it in the hands of these expert sailors.
The pinnacle of maritime careers
Captain Dimitrios has spent his entire maritime career with Celebrity Cruises, starting as an apprentice officer aboard Celebrity Horizon in 1990. He is a graduate of the Merchant Maritime Academy in Syros-Athens. According to the cruise line, he was part of the start-up crews during millennial celebrity, Celebrity Infinite, celebrity silhouette and Celebrity Summitand served as captain of Celebrity Summit.
Captain Dimitrios said: “Nearly 35 years after Celebrity Cruises was established in Greece, they will have not one, but two Greek captains at the helm of their new ship in 2023 and I am honored that my brother and I will take on this role, together. I am so proud of my family and proud of my brother. We look forward to welcoming everyone aboard Celebrity Ascent this winter.
Captain Tasos joined Celebrity after graduating from Merchant Marine College and has been involved in the launches of Celebrity Summit, Solstice of celebrities, Celebrity Equinox and celebrity reflection. He was recently captain of Celebrity benefit.
Captain Tasos commented, “Together, my brother and I share a love for the ocean and a love for this company and our guests. Sharing a special moment together like this is something I could only have dreamed of.
Construction continues after floating
rise of celebritiesthe fourth in the Edge Series range, reached an important construction milestone on January 21 when it was taken out of the shipyard. Work on the 140,600 gross ton vessel continues at her berth location, ahead of sea trials later this year.
rise of celebrities is set to debut Dec. 3 in Fort Lauderdale after repositioning from France. Her maiden voyage from Florida will be a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, calling at St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Puerto Plata. Alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises will follow the maiden voyage.
rise of celebrities will offer the same amenities and experiences as previous Edge Series ships, including two-story villa staterooms, two-story martini-shaped hot tubs and the Magic Carpet, a cantilevered bar that sits on the edge of the ship, among other innovations. The ship will have over 30 restaurants and bars, infinity pools and private cabanas.