Meet Our Destination Expert:

5 Revealing Questions

Omar Silingardi

Director of Food & Beverage Services

Number of Years with Princess:

420 months (35 years), half spent at sea.

Number of Countries Visited:

With all the years spent at sea, it would be easier for me to list the countries I’ve not visited.


Modena, Italy

A little about my job:

My daily task is to make sure that all of our passengers have a memorable dining experience while cruising on one of our beautiful ships.


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

My passport, a suit, a tie, and of course photos of my family.


What’s your most treasured travel souvenir?

I have a collection of masks from all of my travels. I consider them some of my many treasures from all over the world.


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

My hometown of Modena, Italy is situated in a particular “gastronomical” area where the food just happens to be incredible. I always enjoy the veal scaloppine with balsamic vinegar and traditional handmade tortellini when I visit. And, like my mask collection, I also collect balsamic vinegar. Every trip back home I manage to purchase some very old balsamic that I savor when I return to my current home in Los Angeles.


What’s your travel motto?

Bad decisions make interesting stories.


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

To revisit all of the countries I’ve travelled but with my family this time.

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