Five Faves: Women Cruise-Line Presidents

For International Women’s Day, We’re Celebrating 5 Women Cruise Line Presidents!

Today is International Women’s Day — a day to “celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.” So what better time to applaud five rockin’ women who are at the helm of your favorite major cruise lines. And let us point out that there are plenty more women presidents who are leading numerous small ship and river cruise lines, not to mention other top industry executives who are helping to form the cruise world as we know it. So we say thank you — for the experiences, the enthusiasm, and the inspiration — to these five leading ladies.

Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line

Christine Duffy, CLIA and Carnival Cruise Line

Christine Duffy began serving as president of Carnival Cruise Line on February 1, 2015, after spending four years as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a trade association representing the global cruise industry. At the helm of the world’s largest cruise line, Duffy oversees 43,000 employees and 24 Fun Ships that carry 4.5 million cruise passengers annually.


Jan Swartz, President of Princess Cruises


Jan Swartz was appointed president of Princess Cruises in November 2013, after more than 15 years working with the cruise line. Prior to that, she served as executive vice president overseeing the line’s sales, marketing, and customer service operations, a position she held since 2009.


Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, a position she’s held since December 2014. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President, Operations for Royal Caribbean International and held a variety of other executive roles during her 29-year tenure with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.


Edie Rodriguez, President and CEO, Crystal Cruises

Edie Rodriguez was named president of Crystal Cruises in October 2013, and promoted to CEO with the sale of Crystal to Genting Hong Kong in May 2015. Prior to that, she held senior executive positions at other cruise lines, including as senior vice president of marketing and sales Azamara Club Cruises.

Tara Russell, President, Fathom

Tara Russell is president of Carnival Corporation’s newest cruise brand, Fathom, a social impact company that offers a new category of travel that combines the desire to do good with a love of travel. Russell generated the idea for Fathom in 2013, and led research, design, and development of the brand, business model, and experience from January 2014 to its launch in June 2015.


— Jodi Ornstein

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