Christine Duffy is president of Carnival Cruise Line, the biggest brand of Miami-based global cruise industry leader Carnival Corp., the world’s largest leisure travel company. As president, she captains a company that sails a fleet of 26 ships, annually hosts 5.2 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), which represents 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. In addition, Christine spearheads Carnival Cruise Line’s growing footprint and the addition of three new spectacular ships scheduled for delivery by 2022 including Carnival Panorama™ in 2019, Mardi Gras in 2020 and an as-yet-unnamed ship in 2022. Building upon its leadership position in the cruise industry, Mardi Gras will be Carnival’s most innovative ship to date, offer the first-ever roller coaster at sea and will be the first ship in North America powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
As part of the company’s $2 billion fleet enhancement program, ships have been refurbished to feature new onboard dining, entertainment and recreation experiences, including the recent transformation and introduction of Carnival Sunrise. Christine also supervises Carnival’s multi-million-dollar investment in its enhanced homeport and port-of-call facilities.
Under Christine’s direction, last year, Carnival opened 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 growing customer base.
Christine joined 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 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.
Prior to CLIA, Christine spent 10 years at Maritz Travel Company, the world’s largest corporate meeting, events and incentive travel company where she served six years as president and CEO. In this capacity, she worked directly with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations in the automotive, pharmaceutical, financial services and technology sectors.
Christine is a member of the board of directors of Herschend Family Entertainment, the nation’s largest family-owned operator of themed attractions, including Dollywood and Branson’s Silver Dollar City. She sits on the executive committee of the U.S. Travel Association and currently serves as its first 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. Christine was a member of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference class of 2018, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious public liaison program for the Department of Defense.