Please join us in welcoming seasoned sailor, Aneta Russo, to our #ShipMates Ambassador Programme.

Aneta will be representing Cruise Academy in Czechia and Italy – helping to build our international presence & inspire, educate and cultivate the next generation of seafarers.

Shortly after graduating from Hospitality Management School, my passion for travel, tourism and hospitality led me to the sea. In 2006, I started working onboard cruise ships as a Groups Coordinator and four years later, I transitioned to the Shipboard Human Resources Department.


My curiosity for human behaviour prompted me to continue my studies in HR, and with hard work and dedication I was able to ‘climb the ranks’ to the position of Human Resources Director and graduate with a Diploma in Workplace Psychology. I absolutely love this field – not only do I get to learn new things every day, I’m able to assist others with their own personal and professional development and positively impact their lives.


In 2018, I jumped at the chance to work as an Entertainment Director and learn more about revenue operations and service excellence. I feel this gave me a broader understanding of the hotel operation, while still allowing me to practice HR .


Working on ships has been an amazing journey! Not only did I find my true calling there, I was lucky enough to find my soulmate – who I married last week! Consequently, I am now living in Palermo, Sicily and I’m very excited to begin the next chapter in my life on dry land!