For Strong Trade Support from the Top
As Carnival Corporation’s second annual “World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards” gala evening got under way in Miami Beach in August, Arnold Donald, president and CEO, Carnival Corporation, was highly visible. He worked the room, shaking hands and chatting one-on-one with travel advisors and leaders in the travel agency community.
The evening was part of a three-day program by five Carnival brands — Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn — to reward, support and recognize top travel producers. In all, 35 awards in seven categories were bestowed.
A Carnival Corporation director since 2001 and in his present post since 2013, Donald gave the welcoming gala address, thanked agents for their loyalty and promised continuing strong support. “Travel professionals have been an extraordinarily important partner in our business from when we began cruising in 1972, and nearly 50 years later they continue to be a great partner and every bit as important,” Donald said.
He also cited travel advisors’ critical role in guiding both veteran cruisers and new-to-cruise guests to booking a cruise vacation that’s right for them. Yes, this is often heard at the brand level. But Donald’s reaffirmation from “the top,” earned both nods and admiring appreciation from agency leaders in the audience.