He joined MSC’s Cargo division as a First Officer in 1998. On the back of strong performance that quickly established his skills and abilities, and having previously captained cargo ships with other companies, Paolo transferred to passenger vessels as a Staff Captain one year later. Following almost a decade’s further consolidated experience, he was promoted to his first command of a passenger ship in 2008. Captain Russo has commanded various Lirica Class ships and MSC Melody.
18 years service with MSC Cruises, 7 years experience as Captain