Captain Pierluigi Lanaro was from Camogli, a small town located in the Eastern Coast of Genova, Italy. He completed his studies at the Nautical Academy Cristoforo Colombo in 1972. He began his sea-going career on merchant ships, and Italian passenger liners. Captain Lanaro joined Carnival Cruise Line on June 13, 1976 with the rank of Third Officer on board the Carnival Mardi Gras. He was promoted to Captain taking command of the Carnival Holiday as Master in December 1995. At the beginning of his career he served on the Mardi Gras, Carnivale, Festivale, Tropicale, Holiday and Jubilee. After promotion to Captain, he served as Master on the Holiday, Celebration, Fantasy, Fascination, and Sensation through 2001. From January 2002 to November 2004, he was the Master on Ecstasy and then took command of Paradise for two years. Following Paradise, Captain Lanaro then shifted to the Spirit Class leading Carnival Pride from 2006-2008. He subsequently returned to Paradise in command, then also on Elation. From October 2011 through January 2014, he was Master on the Carnival Inspiration. In his final three years, Captain Lanaro was the lead Captain on Carnival Imagination. In all, Captain Pierluigi Lanaro provided over 40 years of dedicated to Carnival Cruise Line, our crews and guests.