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Exclusive: Q&A with Captain Dino of Princess Cruises "The Cruise" Show
Captain Dino of Princess Cruises (Photo: Princess Cruises)

Exclusive: Q&A with Captain Dino of Princess Cruises "The Cruise" Show

Exclusive: Q&A with Captain Dino of Princess Cruises "The Cruise" Show
Captain Dino of Princess Cruises (Photo: Princess Cruises)

January 23, 2019

Adam Coulter
UK Managing Editor
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(12:30 p.m. GMT) -- Captain Dino is the new star of this season's "The Cruise", which features a behind the scenes look at the crew onboard Princess Cruises' Majestic Princess.

The unflappable master took time out from his busy schedule to speak to us about what it's like to be followed around by camera crews all day, dealing with unexpected weather -- and why he loves winding up the production team.

Currently the captain of the 143,700-tonne Majestic Princess, Captain Dino Sagani comes from four generations of ships Captains and has worked for Princess Cruises for almost 25 years.

Q: What’s it like working with a camera crew following your every move? 

A: It was a lot of fun. On Majestic Princess we're really like a huge family of almost 1400 crew members. I always like to chat and make jokes with as many of the crew that I get to see on a daily basis so it was fun to get us all involved with the filming when the cameras were following me around. Of course, when I was on official duty on the decks it was fun to have the guests involved too and they really seemed to enjoy it. 

Q: What’s the best/most fun aspect? Can it be challenging at times? 

A: I had the most amount of fun when I was pulling the legs of the camera crew making them believe that something extraordinary was going to happen but in the end it was just a joke. For a few of them it was also the first time ever on a ship so mostly I'd like to scare them off when we were looking at the forecast for the Tasman crossing which everybody know can be very rough at times. We did have some very challenging times with real adverse weather and also a very demanding manoeuvre in port when we were the largest vessel to ever enter so I needed to have all my attention on the driving, but in those instances I forgot the camera was there. 

Q: Does it change how you act? 

A: No I actually forgot they were there after a little while when I was involved with my daily tasks. 

Q: Did you speak to anyone featured in the previous episodes to see how it might affect you when it is broadcast? 

A: No in all honestly I didn't really think about it much. As Captain of the newest and largest ship I tend to get a lot of attention so I guessed it would be very similar.   

Q: Can you share a highlight/a funny anecdote from the filming? 

A: One very early morning we arrived in Wellington and the wind started to gust very high, and much stronger then expected. All went well and I manoeuvred the ship safely alongside the port but in the middle of the manoeuvre one of the camera crew asked me "Captain is the wind strong?" and I candidly answered "yes it is ..very beep...strong ". Let's hope that doesn't make the edit! 

Q: What did passengers make of it all? 

A: I think they had fun being part of the filming onboard and many were asking when it was going to be broadcast. They probably want to know if they were caught on camera! 

Q: Is it something you’d like to do again? 

A: Sure it was a lot of fun but first I want to see how I look on camera. I might change my mind after that.

  • "The Cruise" airs at 8.30 p.m. on Thursdays on ITV1.
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