Roberto Martinoli is the president and chief executive officer of Silversea Cruises. Since joining Silversea in 2016, Martinoli has overseen the growth of the industry’s leading ultra-luxury cruise line, which sails to more than 900 destinations across all seven continents—more than any other cruise line.
Martinoli was at the helm in July 2018 when Royal Caribbean Group acquired a two-thirds share in Silversea Cruises, and, subsequently, when the Group completed the full acquisition in June 2020.
With the company’s full support, the experienced cruise industry professional is currently overseeing the realization of Project Invictus, a long-term plan to grow and enhance Silversea’s fleet of ultra-luxury ships. Adding to the cruise line’s fleet of eleven, Martinoli and Silversea are looking forward to the launch of two new ultra-luxury Nova-class ships.
Since beginning his career in 1976 with his family’s ship management and consulting business, Martinoli has held a number of executive positions at various major cruise lines and maritime companies around the world. Before joining Silversea, Martinoli was the chairman and chief executive officer of Grandi Navi Veloci, a leading ferry company and part of the MSC Group in the western Mediterranean. Prior to this, he was president and chief operating officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as an advisor to Apollo Management from 2008 to 2009. He also served as executive vice president of Operations at Carnival Cruise Lines from 2000 to 2008, and senior vice president at Costa Crociere from 1997 to 2000. Moreover, Roberto Martinoli is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s executive committee.
An Italian national, Martinoli holds a master’s degree in naval architecture and mechanical engineering from the University of Genoa and has also attended an advanced executive program at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois.