P&O Cruises has introduced that captain Robert Camby will lead the staff on board its latest LNG-powered ship, Arvia, which can enter service in December subsequent 12 months.
Captain Camby will convey out Arvia from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany to the house port of Southampton the place the ship will sail its inaugural winter cruises.
London-born Camby was launched to the ocean from an early age, having a father who had served within the Royal Navy.
His first introduction to cruising was by his maternal grandfather who took the household on SS Canberra when Robert was 14 and which sparked his dream of a profession at sea.
In 1995 Robert was chosen into the P&O Princess Cruises cadet program and began his research as a deck cadet at South Shields Nautical Faculty.
His first ship was SS Canberra the place all of it started.
He labored his means up by the ranks on varied ships earlier than gaining his masters ticket in December 2003.
In December 2011 he was promoted to captain taking his first command of Oriana in 2012.
Since then, he has commanded Azura, Arcadia, Aurora, Oceana, Ventura, Britannia, Queen Victoria, Queen Mary 2 and most lately Iona.
Camby stated: “After 26 years with the corporate I really feel so privileged to command P&O Cruises Arvia and to be working alongside essentially the most proficient and skilled staff.
“Arvia will underpin all of the modern and environmental credentials of Iona and can create much more aspirational and fascinating visitor experiences and itineraries particularly for British friends.”