Chris Chiames is chief communications officer for Carnival Cruise Line. He joined Carnival in 2018 and brings a strong track record of communications leadership across the travel industry. At Carnival, he manages the team responsible for public/media relations, events, employee and shipboard communications, guest communications, the Care Team and the post-cruise guest care contact center.
Chris has previously held executive positions in aviation (Airlines4America, American Airlines, US Airways), online travel (Orbitz Worldwide) and travel technology and distribution (Sabre). He also led the travel and tourism public affairs practice at global public relations agency Burson-Marsteller (now BCW) during the travel industry’s critical response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent financial crisis. Outside of Carnival, he serves as co-host of the popular podcast “Airlines Confidential” with former Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Fresno, a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has been honored by the Public Relations Society of America and the California State University, Fresno School of Media, Communications & Journalism, among others. He is a member of the Arthur Page Society for senior communications executives and sits on the academic advisory board for the Southern Methodist University Department of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs and the University of Florida Department of Public Relations.