Carnival Cruise Line has announced that Christine Duffy, president and CEO of Clia, is to join the company as its new president.
Duffy will assume control of the world’s biggest cruise line – and its 24 ships – on February 1, 2015. She will report to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.
“Christine is one of the most respected and dynamic leaders in the travel industry,” said Donald. “She brings a wealth of experience to Carnival Cruise Line that will help the cruise line continue to deliver unmatched vacation experiences to millions of guests each year.”
Duffy started her career over 30 years ago as a travel agent in Philadelphia. She is responsible for the growth of Clia from a mainly US organisation to one which represents regions across the world.
Clia UK and Ireland replaced the Passenger Shipping Association and the Association of Cruise Experts last year.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to be part of a dynamic organisation with a long history of innovation and industry firsts,” said Duffy. “The name Carnival is truly synonymous with cruising and I look forward to joining this talented team to continue the tradition of excellence that has made Carnival Cruise Line one of the top cruise lines in the world.”