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Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry Thanks Her Team As They Mark Her Decade in Cruising

July 12, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Carnival Australia Executive Chairman Ann Sherry today congratulated her team for their decade of achievement during her ten years at the helm of Australia’s leading cruise company.

Today’s acknowledgement of Ms Sherry’s contribution took place at a special staff morning tea which are customarily devoted to honouring staff achievements and the presentation of length-of service certificates.

Ms Sherry was today presented with her 10-year certificate.

In thanking the Carnival Australia team, Ms Sherry said: “Nothing that we have done could have been achieved by one person.  This is the celebration of a great team and collective congratulations. I couldn’t have done anything without your commitment and your good humour. Your contribution has helped make Australia the third highest source market in the world and that is quite an achievement.”

Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group, of which Carnival Australia is part within Carnival Corporation, added the recognition from across the global organisation of Ms Sherry’s decade of service.

“You came in at a time when there were challenges and you set forth to make the necessary changes setting a million Australian passengers a year as the milestone and reached the target years ahead of schedule,” Mr Kruse said.

Jan Swartz, President Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, spoke of Ms Sherry’s passion and ideas in identifying the potential for cruising in Australia.

“You can take great credit in building such a strong team in Australia and in developing such a dynamic industry,” Ms Swartz said. “On a personal note, as a woman in business you have been such an inspiration to me and to so many others.”

When Ann Sherry was appointed CEO of Carnival Australia in July 2007, 250,000 Australians a year were taking a cruise holiday. Ten years later, more than one million Australians a year sail on cruise holidays — a target Ms Sherry herself set for the industry and that was achieved five years early.

The past decade has seen significant success for all seven cruise lines in the Carnival Australia suite of brands — P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, Seabourn and P&O Cruises World Cruising.

In 2007, Carnival Australia had five ships based in Australia year-round or seasonally. Ten years on, 14 ships are based here year-round or seasonally. This includes the combined nine P&O, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line ships homeported in the region year-round.

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