MIAMI, July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnival
Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) today
announced two important moves within its global leadership team as
part of the company's broader efforts to enhance operations and
best prepare the organization for the eventual resumption of
Gus Antorcha, currently chief
operations officer for Carnival Cruise Line, has been named
president of Holland America Line, effective immediately. Antorcha
will report directly to Stein Kruse,
group CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK.
Neil Palomba, currently president
of the company's Italy-based Costa
Cruises, has been named executive vice president and chief
operations officer for Carnival Cruise Line, effective immediately,
reporting directly to Christine
Duffy, president of the brand. During Palomba's transition,
the Costa Cruises leadership team will continue to report to
Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Group
and Carnival Asia.
"As part of our ongoing efforts to continue enhancing our global
operations, these moves clearly demonstrate the depth and strength
of our leadership team," said Arnold
Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "We are using this
pause in guest operations to evaluate every aspect of our business,
including our leadership structures, and make changes where
appropriate to improve our business. Gus and Neil are both proven
and strategic leaders within our organization, and we are looking
forward to their contributions and success in these new roles as we
position our company and our brands for a bright future."
Antorcha will lead one of Carnival Corporation's most storied
brands, Holland America Line, an award-winning, premium cruise line
known for immersive, authentic experiences onboard and shoreside.
In this role, he will guide Holland America Line's return to cruise
operations and plans for future growth, including sales and
marketing, revenue management, deployment and itinerary planning,
public relations, guest services operations and strategic
As an industry veteran with over nine years of service at
Carnival Cruise Line, Antorcha held several key leadership roles
supporting the brand's continued growth and popularity amongst
cruisers. Prior to becoming chief operations officer, Antorcha
served as Carnival Cruise Line's executive vice president, guest
services, responsible for onboard operations, and senior vice
president, guest commerce. He previously served as a partner and
managing director for Boston Consulting Group.
Palomba assumes the role of chief operations officer for
Carnival Corporation's namesake and largest brand, Carnival Cruise
Line. In this role, his responsibilities include oversight of all
hotel operations, guest services, guest commerce and guest
Since February 2015, Palomba has
led Costa Cruises, with responsibility for managing all aspects of
the brand, including strategy, product design, guest care, sales,
marketing, revenue management and fleet deployment, among others.
Under his leadership, Costa Cruises introduced its "Italy's Finest" brand positioning, debuted a
number of guest and onboard experience innovations, and launched
Costa Smeralda, the brand's first cruise ship powered by liquefied
natural gas (LNG).
Prior to becoming president of Costa Cruises, Palomba served as
the brand's senior vice president, hotel operations and guest
experience beginning in January 2014.
Previously, he held multiple leadership positions in the cruise
industry, working up to corporate operating officer for a global
cruise line, following multiple onshore and onboard roles,
including positions in the hotel and deck departments on board a
cruise ship and rising to serve as a second officer.
About Carnival Corporation & plc
Corporation & plc is one of the world's largest leisure travel
companies with a portfolio of nine of the world's leading cruise
lines. With operations in North
Europe and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise
Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O
Cruises (Australia), Costa
Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.
Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com,
www.princess.com, www.hollandamerica.com, www.seabourn.com,
www.pocruises.com.au, www.costacruise.com, www.aida.de,
www.pocruises.com and www.cunard.com.
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