Our Crew

Crew jumping and smiling

A cruise liner is only as good as the people who work on it and, at Fred. Olsen, we’re particularly proud of ours.

We’ve chosen them for their personalities and skills in providing a warmer, more personal service. And they’ve chosen us because smaller ships create a family home-from-home atmosphere.

We run a very happy ship and you’ll notice it the moment you step on board. That relaxed, friendly ambience where nothing  is too much trouble. The difference between being treated as a “passenger” and treated as a guest.

We are proud of recruiting some very special people who, in turn, are proud to welcome some very special guests.

Some of our fantastic crew and their journey so far


Captain Valentin Giuglea

Captain Valentin talks about the warm welcome he received by our guests when he was promoted to Master of the Balmoral

Captain Steffan Ravneng

Captain Steffan talks about his family, who inspired him to become a Captain, and his journey to get to where he is now.

Jose (Joe) Villalobos - 1st Engineer

Jose has spent a great many years working behind the scenes ensuring the safety of our guests and crew. 

Richie Rego - Housekeeping Utility

Richie is part of our team which manages the laundry and deals with all the provisions for our fleet of ships.

Leanora 'Lea' Santos - Guest Services Officer

Lea has worked for Fred. Olsen for 20 years, and loves the family feeling on board Balmoral, her 'home'