Meet Our Captains and Crew

Meet Our Captains and Crew

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Celebrating the People of Azamara Club Cruises

The captains. The staff. The crew. The smiles. The attitude. The genuine friendliness.

Ask Azamara guests what they love most about their voyages, and you'll hear answers like these. So we thought we’d tell you more about the people who make an Azamara voyage so different from the rest. Because we think they're pretty special, too.

Be sure to check back to meet more members of our award-winning staff and crew.

  • Captain Johannes Tysse

    It was almost a foregone conclusion that Johannes Tysse would be a sea captain. Learn how the job he dreamed about from an early age is a platform for creating unforgettable experiences for Azamara guests.

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  • Captain José Vilarinho

    A Portuguese native, Captain Jose worked on nearly every kind of sea-going vessel before landing his dream job at Azamara. Whether at sea or onshore, his motto is “Try to make the most of ordinary things; you can make the ordinary extraordinary every day of your life.” Be forewarned, his enthusiasm for life is highly contagious.

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  • Captain Carl Smith

    This year he'll be the first Manx captain to bring a cruise ship home to the Isle of Man. Learn more about the one-and-only Captain Carl Smith.

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  • Hotel Director Heike Berdos

    Consider our Hotel Directors. Friendly, observant and highly experienced, they’re also genuinely interested in our guests. No issue is too small (or big) for their personal attention.

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  • Hotel Director Philip Herbert

    He was born in Kenya, a land of big game and wildlife. It's funny how a lion figures into one of his best stories at sea, too! Learn the back story (and favorite stories) of the witty and entertaining Philip Herbert.

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  • Corporate Executive Chef Robert van Rijsbergen

    Grab a snack, because you’ll get hungry as you read this interview with Azamara’s Corporate Executive Chef Robert van Rijsbergen. He was born for this early and lifelong passion for fine cooking and the sea. Bon appétit!

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  • Chef Monica

    She's a fourth generation Mexican-American and comes from a big family in Texas with five sisters. Growing up, her grandmother was always cooking Mexican feasts for people and she was at her side when she could be.

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  • Cruise Director Eric De Gray

    A passion for model railroading, a competitive ice skater, a degree in musical performance on the bassoon, and a successful career in writing, directing and performing in musical shows. Eric de Gray is not your typical Cruise Director. Which is why he’s such a great fit for Azamara Club Cruises.

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  • Cruise Director Tony Markey

    Some people are naturally curious and eager for new experiences. Tony Markey is like that. Born with itchy feet, as his mother would say.

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  • Cruise Director Russ Grieve

    Sometimes it takes Russ Grieve 40 minutes to "walk to work" at the Cabaret Lounge because he chats with so many people along the way.

    Learn more about Russ

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