Carnival Cruise Lines Gustavo Antorcha ~ Senior Vice President, Guest Commerce Gus joined Carnival Cruise Lines in 2010 as the SVP of Guest Commerce. Gus is responsible for a number of the on board commerce operations including: Tour Operations & Sales, Beverage operation, Photo operation, Retail Services, and Guest Technology. In addition Gus is also responsible for strategic partnerships and marketing on board the ships. Prior to joining Carnival, Gus was Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group where he worked extensively in the travel and tourism. During his 14 years at BCG, Gusâ€™ work extended across, hotels, airlines and cruise lines. Gus has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Markets and Management Certificate from Duke University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in Economics and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Andrea Ascarate ~ Manager, Shore Ex Group Business & Product Awareness Andrea, joined Carnival in 1997 as a Corporate Travel Agent. She provided corporate executives with business travel services for air/rail transportation, hotels and auto rentals as well as counsel clients on travel itineraries. In 2000, Andrea was promoted to Supervisor of Corporate/Crew Travel, where she supervised 16 travel agents as well as assisted in developing effective and efficient operational policies. In January 2004, Andrea joined the Tour Operations Department as Manager, Shore Ex Group Business & Product Awareness. In her current position, Andrea is responsible for creating, implementing and managing the Groups Shore Excursion Program to cater to various large groups, incentive groups, and charters in all our ports of call. In conjunction to the Groups Program, Andrea arranges informative product awareness sessions for the Carnival Cruise Lines employees. These sessions are beneficial in educating the staff.
Robert Blythman ~ Director, Tour Operations Robert, with ten years of London hotel experience, joined Carnival in 1993 as a Junior Purser. During his time with Carnival Robert has enjoyed the many itineraries offered in the Caribbean as well as Europe, Hawaii and Alaska. In 2000, as Chief Purser, Robert was involved with the newly formed onboard Shore Excursion department and joined the Tour Operations shore-side team in 2002. As Director of Tour Operations, Robert is involved with many aspects of the operation that enables the Shore Excursion teams to run a successful onboard operation.
CRUISE INDUSTRY PROFILES â€˘ 2011
FCCA 2011 Cruise Industry Highlights and Profiles. The who's who of the Cruise Line Industry.