Originally from Marsala, on the island of Sicily, he graduated as Master Mariner License in 1977 in the Nautical College of Trapani. His career at sea expands for over 45 years, 27 of them working in the Cruise industry, moving up to the rank of Captain in 2000. First, Captain Sammartano worked on tankers for sixteen years and spent two years in the Italian Navy. Later on he joined one of the major cruise lines, where he was also promoted to Fleet Captain. In January 2022 he joined MSC Cruises as Captain.