Christine Duffy

by Jon Ponder

President, Carnival Cruise Line

Christine Duffy is president of Carnival Cruise Line, the biggest brand in the fleet of Miami-based global cruise industry leader Carnival Corp., the world’s largest leisure travel company. As president, she’s the captain of a company that sails a fleet of 26 ships, annually hosts more than five million guests and employs more than 40,000 people who hail from more than 110 nations around the globe. She joined Carnival Cruise Line in 2015 after a successful tenure as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the trade association representing the $120 billion global cruise industry.

Carnival homeports its ships in North America, Europe and Australia and sails to more than 100 destinations in nearly 40 countries. Christine also oversees major enhancements across the Carnival Cruise Line footprint, including the addition of three more spectacular new ships joining the fleet through 2022, refurbished and modernized ships and port facilities, new onboard dining, entertainment and recreation features, and a state-of-the-art Fleet Operations Center at its Miami headquarters that implements technology used by NASA and the U.S. Navy to monitor operations and improve real-time decision-making. Her “people first” business philosophy makes her an accessible and approachable leader as Carnival leverages its commitment to delivering safe, fun and memorable vacations to its millions of guests and introduces the fun and consumer value of cruising to a growing customer base.

Christine embarked into the cruise industry in 2011 when she was named president and CEO of CLIA. While at CLIA, she elevated the industry’s profile before consumers, regulators, industry stakeholders and the media; led the industry’s adoption of the Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights to enhance the industry’s commitment to passenger safety, comfort and care; managed the industry response to several high-profile crises; and consolidated a network of 15 cruise industry organizations into one global association with offices around the world.
Prior to CLIA, Christine spent 10 years at Maritz Travel Company, the world’s largest corporate meeting, events and incentive travel company, and served six years as president and CEO, managing a dynamic business with more than $600 million in revenue. In this capacity, she worked directly with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations in the automotive, pharmaceutical, financial services and technology sectors.

She sits on the executive committee of the U.S. Travel Association and currently serves as its second vice chair, as well as the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Christine has been a strong supporter of women’s leadership in the travel industry, leading initiatives that delivered research and programs to help women advance their careers. Christine is also a member of The Committee of 200, an organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders that supports, celebrates and advances women’s leadership. She was recognized by Moves magazine as a 2016 Power Women recipient for her work in serving as a role model for future generations of young women. She has also been honored by the Convention Industry Council and the U.S. Coast Guard, among others.