Do you like sea cruises? Do you like it very much? For real?
Because, most likely, he doesn’t like it as much as Celso Ricardo Moreira, from Paraná, considered the Brazilian who has done the most cruises.
He already has 94 cruises (with the most varied ships, durations and destinations), since he literally embarked on this type of pleasure trip 24 years ago.
It started in 1996, taking a cruise to Fernando de Noronha Island on an old Portuguese ship, the Funchal.
And it didn’t stop.
Five cruises this year alone
Celso, now 60, guarantees that he has not (yet …) reached the famous milestone of 100 cruises, because the pandemic has prevented ships from setting sail for almost two years.
But now, determined, he runs after the enviable finish line and dreams of his hundredth cruise, which he hopes to reach in the next Brazilian summer season.
This year alone, with the resumption of sea travel, Celso has already made five cruises (or ten after the pandemic), including a long 24-day voyage from Brazil to Europe last month, where, on arriving there, he embarked. on another ship, for another 11 days sailing along the coasts of Ireland and England.
The next one is already booked
A few days ago he returned to Brazil – by plane, which is extremely rare in the case of his travels – but he already knows when he will board.
At the end of October, the tireless passenger will arrive from Greece to Brazil on board a ship, and here he will make several cruises along the Brazilian coast – his favorite, among other things -, in search of the long-awaited milestone of 100 embarkations.
I love cruises, but none of them compare to those that take place in Brazil, “he says, with the authority of someone who knows the subject very well.
“Brazilians are the happiest people in the world and they turn any cruise into a party. And the party is with me,” says Celso, who however does not introduce himself – nor use – the name he has: only the pseudonym. Ricardo “Abravanel” —surname borrowed from presenter Silvio Santos (whose real name is Senor Abravanel), from whom he has always been a declared “ape of the public”.
“No one has ever had the communication skills that he does,” says Celso / Ricardo, who helps understand the totally outgoing personality he embodies when inside a ship.
And always with a good dose of exoticism.
always in costume
On the cruises he takes (on average half a dozen a year, and can reach double, “if the pocket allows it”), Ricardo takes two suitcases: one small, in conventional clothes, and the other, enormous, full of costumes.
In costume (such as Aladdin, pharaoh, sheikh, pirate and so on) he usually walks the aisles of the ship, for the amusement of the other passengers – who easily become new friends of the likeable and charismatic more than regular passenger.
With each new cruise, my list of friends and followers explodes, “says Ricardo satisfied.
“I come to the ships to have fun and I end up entertaining the other passengers too,” he adds, always with a smile on his face, as well as an eternal bottle of beer in his hands.
Also by Carmen Miranda
In recent cruises, Ricardo has had particular success dressed as Carmem Miranda, one of his favorite costumes.
But not the most frequent, which is that of the captain.
“My dream has always been to be a sailor,” he explains. “But they wouldn’t let me take my exams in the Navy, because they said I wasn’t tall enough for that. So I decided to become a cruise ship captain right away,” laughs Ricardo, who has more than half a dozen such. he dresses and wears a captain’s cap pretty much all the time.
I’m tired of being approached by passengers asking to take pictures with me or asking about the ship, thinking they are the captain. They just find that the beer in their hand is a little weird … “she laughs.
Cruises tattooed on the body
With so much popularity and experience in sea cruising (“I have more miles traveled than many captains out there,” he says, without exaggerating), Ricardo, who has the symbols of three major shipping companies tattooed on his body, has even been approached to work for They.
But he refused when he learned that, as an employee, he could not drink on board.
“A ship without beer is not the same”, he justifies himself.
For these and other reasons, she usually receives some treats from the companies with each new cruise, such as a cabin upgrade and welcome champagne in the room.
But he says he would have much preferred to cut the prices on cruises, since almost a quarter of a century ago this type of travel became the main entertainment of his life.
Where does the money come from?
Before becoming Ricardo “Abravanel”, Celso, who now lives in Guaratuba on the Paraná coast, worked as a federal official and lived on a simple salary.
When he retired, he used almost all of his money to continue buying cruises.
“I spend 70% of what I receive on ships”, he guarantees. “I’ve never been rich, but I always buy in installments, because the price is the same as cash,” she teaches. “I also buy well in advance, to pay less, and I only choose the inside cabins, which are much cheaper, since on ships all the fun happens outside”.
And he adds:
My house has been in need of a makeover for a while, but I’d rather spend the money to buy another cruise. It is on the ships that I enjoy myself. “
“It is important to be happy”
Ricardo is divorced, has an adult son, but he almost always travels alone – because, with his outgoing way, he knows there will be no shortage of new friends and companionship.
“I practice what my son always tells me: the important thing is to be happy, no matter what others think of you. And that’s how I feel when I get on a ship and wear a costume”, sums up the man from Paraná , who too has always cultivated the habit of keeping the boarding passes of the cruises he has already taken.
My cruise collection is already at 94, but very soon it will reach 100. I’ll get there until next summer “.
The passenger who has never disembarked
Ricardo can’t claim to be the Brazilian with more cruises on his resume, but he guarantees he doesn’t know anyone with more cruises than him.
He also says that if he could, he would live on a cruise ship, as some people do.
But all rich, unlike him.
The most famous “resident” a ship ever had was the millionaire – and lonely – American Clara Macbeth, who in the 1950s decided to move to the most luxurious ship of the time, the British ocean liner Caronia – and did not leave. never. .
For 15 years, Clara Macbeth lived in the same suite on that ocean liner, traveling non-stop but never disembarking, which earned her the reputation of being the loneliest passenger a ship has ever had – click here to read this story interesting, which had an equally curious ending.
Ricardo, from Paraná, knows he won’t be able to break the record for the American millionaire. But he guarantees that he will reach 100 cruises and go above and beyond.