Considered an elder statesman of travel by his colleagues, Carnival Australia’s Ian Cook has decided to retire following a career in the travel industry spanning more than half a century.
Now aged 73, the Carnival Australia Air Services Coordinator has decided it is time to slow down – and do more cruising.
The extended team at Carnival Australia will bid a fond farewell to Ian on July 27, bringing to a close a travel career that began at Qantas when he was 21.
After eight years at Qantas, Ian moved to Air New Zealand where he worked for 25 years, becoming reservations manager before changing course to a role in cruising.
Ian started at Carnival in November 1997 and has spent the past 19 years working with the in-house air team.
“When I started at Carnival Australia we just had Fair Princess – and now we have so many ships as the company has grown,” Ian said.
“After almost 20 years here, I felt it was time to leave and take ‘early retirement’ so that my wife and I can do even more cruising.”