Christine Duffy began serving as president of Carnival Cruise Line in February 2015 after spending four years as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the trade association representing the $120 billion global cruise industry.
At the helm of the world’s largest and most popular cruise line, Duffy oversees 40,000 employees and a fleet of 25 cruise ships expected to carry 5 million passengers this year from homeports in North America, Europe and Australia to destinations in Alaska, Australia, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, New England, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Carnival has four new ships scheduled for delivery over the next six years. The 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, is currently under construction and set to debut in 2018, and an as-yet-unnamed sister ship in 2019. Additionally, two new 180,000-ton Carnival ships, which will be the first in North America to be fueled by Liquefied Natural Gas, the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel, are scheduled to enter service in 2020 and 2022.
Prior to CLIA, Duffy 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, managing a business with more than $600 million in revenue. In this capacity Duffy worked directly with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations in the automotive, pharmaceutical, financial services and technology sectors.
She serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Travel Association and Visit Florida, as well as the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Duffy has been a strong supporter of women’s leadership in the travel industry, leading initiatives that delivered research and programs to help women in the industry advance in their careers. 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. Duffy 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.
In 2007, she was inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders. She was recently honored by the United States Coast Guard which recognized Duffy for her longstanding support of the USCG, both during her time at Carnival and in her position as president and CEO of CLIA.