Carnival Cruise Lines taps CLIA’s Christine Duffy as president

Carnival Corporation & plc. has named Christine Duffy as president of its 24-ship Carnival Cruise Line brand, the first woman to hold the position.
Duffy, who is currently president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), will assume the role on Feb. 1, reporting to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.
The respected cruise industry executive replaces Gerry Cahill, who retired last month after 20 years with the company.
“[Duffy] 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,” said Donald in a statement.
Duffy has more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry and started her career as a travel agent in Philadelphia.
As CEO of leading cruise industry trade association CLIA, she led many advancements including the globalization of cruise industry associations around the world to create a unified voice promoting cruising to key stake-holders from policy makers to consumers through CLIA’s more than 13,000 travel agency members representing over 50,000 travel agents.
In this role, Duffy successfully engaged member cruise lines and industry stakeholders to support CLIA’s expansion into new and emerging markets around the world.
Carnival Cruise Line is the company’s largest division, operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The 25th ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Vista, is scheduled to enter service in 2016.