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Melania Parnisari

Hotel General Manager, Crown Princess

Number of Years with Princess:

15

Number of Countries Visited:

My Google travel map says 116

Hometown:

Laveno (Varese), Italy

A little about my job:

I supervise the Hotel Department, the largest department on board. Every day there is a new challenge and something to learn. I love to be able to put pieces together to offer the best possible service to our passengers – it’s like completing a large puzzle. My goal with my team is to treat our passengers the same way I would like to be treated when I’m on vacation: make them feel special and valued, remembering that a smile can make a huge difference. The opportunity to meet so many different people – both passengers and crew – and learn from them still excites me after all these years. I feel privileged to have a job that gives me so much satisfaction both professionally and personally.

1.

What item is in your suitcase that you couldn’t travel without?

A couple of good books and a photo of my little nephew. I never learned to travel light!

2.

What’s your most treasured travel souvenir?

I always wear the Egyptian cartouche that I purchased on the first of my many visits to this fascinating country. But I like to take home memories of all places I go to. Soon I will have to move out for lack of space.

3.

What’s the most memorable dish you’ve eaten during your travels?

Nothing can beat my mamma’s cuisine…. but I love to try local delicacies when I travel. On a trip to Cuzco, Peru, I made myself taste a piece of guinea pig.

4.

What’s your travel motto?

Especially when visiting archeological and historical sites my mind wanders back in time and I imagine how those people used to live, what they were thinking or doing standing in the same spot I am standing as a tourist. I really try to absorb the spirit and the legacy. Once I get back to reality I just think – what’s next?

5.

Where haven’t you been that’s on your travel bucket list?

The Galapagos Islands. I was all booked to go in September of 2001 and cancelled after the tragedy of 9/11. I hope I can make it one day.

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