Gianni Onorato, who stepped down as president of Carnival Corp.’s Italy-based Costa Crociere in June, has been named the new CEO of MSC Cruises, another Italian line.
Onorato’s jump to the competing cruise operator was reported in June by trade publication Seatrade Insider, but MSC did not officially confirm the news until Monday. His appointment is effective Sept. 2.
Pierfrancesco Vago, former CEO of the family-owned cruise company, will become executive chairman. In addition to leading the cruise line, he will also oversee all other companies in the MSC group that are related to tourism, according to a statement.
MSC Cruises, based in Geneva, has 12 ships that sail in the Mediterranean and around the world, including South America, South and West Africa, Northern Europe and the Caribbean. In November, the cruise line will start sailing the Caribbean year-round from Miami with MSC Divina.