Disney Cruise Line Introduces New Captain of the Disney Fantasy

The Disney Cruise Line has introduced the newest Captain to the fleet. Captain Michele Intartaglia has been a part of the Disney Cruise Line for over 10 years, most recently as a Staff Captain. His new post will be at the helm of the Disney Fantasy.

“Michele has been a tremendous asset to the Disney Cruise Line family,” said Sharon Siskie, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Disney Cruise Line. “His outstanding leadership skills, extensive experience and genuine passion for our company and the maritime industry make him a fantastic choice to serve in the role of Captain,” added Siskie.

Michele grew up around the sea in Italy on a small island off of Naples. His father was a seafarer and was the inspiration for Michele to follow in his footsteps.

“I grew up knowing I would be a seaman, like my father. He would share fascinating stories with me about his voyages around the world, meeting new people and learning about new cultures,” shared Michele. “For seafarers, there is an indescribable love of sailing on blue seas and visiting pristine coastlines. It’s very special that we get to do this and see so much of the world as part of our careers.”

His career with Disney Cruise Line combines two loves, however. Not only did he have hopes of working in the maritime industry someday, he also was a big fan of Mickey Mouse. He dreamed of working for Disney someday. “I used to read Topolino’s comic strips – that’s Mickey Mouse’s name in Italian. He is my favorite Disney character!” His career started aboard cargo ships before turning to the cruise industry. IN 2011, he joined the Disney Cruise Line as Staff Captain. His first command as Captain was a temporary one on the Disney Dream in 2018.

“Disney Cruise Line is precious to me – it’s my second family,” said Michele. I am truly honored to be appointed Captain and continue to create magic at sea for our guests alongside our remarkable crew members,” he said. When not on a ship, Michele enjoys time with his wife and kids, and together experiencing Disney magic.

Michele shared how he is excited about the new experiences and opportunities that will come as Captain. “Being a seaman has taught me that one must go as far as you can see, and once you reach that point, you’ll be able to see and go farther. Disney is a place where we can do that and keep growing and dreaming,” he added.

Congratulations to Captain Michele Intartaglia! May the winds be at your back as you move forward in this new endeavor!

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