Ambassador names new ship restaurant after Michelle Lupino

Ambassador Cruise Line has named a restaurant on board its second ship Ambition after former head of destination management Michelle Lupino who died in October after a short illness.

Lupino’s pays homage to her, recognising her Italian heritage and vibrant, inclusive and warm-hearted qualities, according to the line.

The Mediterranean-style restaurant with a relaxed, al-fresco feel for up to 70 diners will feature on new ship Ambition which is due too enter service on May 12 following a six-week upgrade at a shipyard in Germany.

The ‘Lupino’s’ logo on restaurant signage has been designed in a style inspired by Michelle’s own signature.

Head of guest experience Bob McGowan said: “I was very close to Michelle, and news of her passing affected me deeply. 

“When I was asked by the business to help create a place on our new ship to honour her memory, I wanted it to be a celebration of her life and the many things that made her so special, including her love of socialising with friends old and new. She was the life and soul of any party or gathering and would always make people feel welcome. 

“We hope the restaurant designed in her image will be a fitting tribute to Michelle, and I’d like to think she would wholeheartedly approve of what we have created.”

Ambassador chief executive Christian Verhounig added: “Michelle was with us at the very start of our journey as we sought to build the welcoming Ambassador team ashore and onboard that today form the backbone of our business.  

“She was not only an essential member of the team but also a long-term friend of myself and many of her colleagues. As such, when Michelle left us, the overriding feeling was one of utter shock, disbelief and sadness on both a professional and personal level.

“In Lupino’s, we have created a warm and welcoming dining experience, which our guests will enjoy for many years to come. 

“Celebrating all the qualities she showed, Lupino’s will serve as a constant reminder to us all of the positive and inspiring impact Michelle, and indeed all of us, can have on those around us.”

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