MIAMI (May 2, 2008) -- Joni L. Rein has been appointed vice president of field sales for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator, and will assume her position on June 16, 2008. 

             In this new role, Rein will oversee Carnival’s field sales efforts, particularly as they relate to its travel agent partners, who are responsible for the majority of the line’s bookings.  Rein will lead a talented team of business development managers, who work with more than 30,000 travel agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada in developing new business opportunities.

            In addition to field sales, she will also oversee Carnival’s corporate and incentive sales efforts, as well as the line’s business development services department which assists travel agents with their day-to-day business needs.  Rein will report to Lynn C. Torrent, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and guest services.

            Rein has more than 20 years of sales experience, most recently serving as vice president of sales development for a Carnival sister company, Costa Cruises, at the company’s North American headquarters in Hollywood, Fla.

            She began her career as director of marketing administration at Certified Vacations, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based tour operator, then served as director of systems planning and implementation for Kids in Distress, a non-profit agency that assists abused and neglected children in Broward County, Fla.  Rein also held the position of senior director of sales operations for Renaissance Cruises and helped launch an online travel services company, Online Vacation Center.

            “Joni is the ideal candidate for this position, possessing a diverse, well-rounded sales background with experience in a variety of areas of the travel industry.  She will be a tremendous asset to our sales organization,” said Torrent.

            “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the largest sales force in the industry, especially at a time of such incredible growth,” Rein said.  “While I’m sad to leave the exceptional group of people I’ve worked with at Costa, I’m tremendously excited to join our sister company in this new role,” she added.

            Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 “Fun Ships" operating voyages ranging from three to 18 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, New England, Canada, Bermuda, Europe, and South America.   The line has three new ships scheduled for delivery between now and 2011.  The first of these, the 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor, is slated to debut in Europe July 2, 2008.


Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:  CCL; NYSE:  CUK), is a proud member of the exclusive World’s Leading Cruise Lines.  Our exclusive alliance also includes Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, our member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together, we offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.