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On the Bridge with Captain Per Kristtoferson

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your career highlights to date?

I started my career in 1979, and initially worked on cargo ships.  From there, I went on to work for the Norwegian Coast Guard for a number of years.  I joined Royal Caribbean in 1991 as a 2nd Officer, and progressed through the ranks, where in 2003 I took my first command as Captain of the Majesty of the Seas.

Where is home?

A little shipping town on the West Coast of Norway.

Which ships have you served on?

Majesty of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and now this beautiful ship, Oasis of the Seas. What is your favourite port of call, and why? For me, my favourite is Maui in Hawaii. This is where I met my wife.  But while working, St Thomas is fun to do.  It’s quite challenging, but with Oasis of the Seas, we do it safely. Other than Oasis of the Seas,

What’s your favourite Royal Caribbean ship?

Mariner of the Seas, particularly when sailing in South America and Europe, these were fantastic experiences.  However, Majesty of the Seas will always have a big place in my heart.

What’s the most challenging thing you have to do?

Taking the ship in and out of port, the conditions can be very different, and we have to make sure everything goes perfect!

Who’s the most famous person thats sailed with you?

Rubens Barrichello, the Formula 1 racing driver, we had a great time with him on a Christmas cruise.

Whats the most difficult request that you have ever had?

Sadly, one of my crew passed away while on vacation, and we had a memorial ceremony onboard for them. This for me was so personal as they were so close to us all.

If you had to choose 3 guests for dinner at the Captains Table, who would they be and why?

Firstly my wife, she always lights up a table – she’s lots of fun. I’d also choose Jo Montana, the American Footballer. And then Richard Fain our CEO, he’s a fun guy with lots of wonderful stories.

Why is Royal Caribbean a good company to work for?

Having worked to Royal Caribbean for more than 25 years, this is a company that treats its people well. You can never get bored as there are new ships and new challenges all the time.  It’s also a company that has a good reputation, particularly when it comes to the environment.

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