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Carnival SHOCKER! Vicki Freed jumps ship to Royal Caribbean

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On January - 18 - 2008

Vicki FreedVicki Freed, a 29-year veteran of Carnival Cruise Lines, is joining Royal Caribbean International as senior vice president of sales. Freed most recently served as senior vice president and guest services at Carnival.

She will report to Adam Goldstein, president and ceo of Royal Caribbean International. She starts her new position with Royal Caribbean on Tuesday.

‘Vicki has an outstanding and proven background within our industry and we are very pleased to have her join our team,’ Goldstein said. ‘Vicki’s passionate support of travel agents has been well chronicled and recognized. She will be a great asset to our brand as we continue to grow.’

Freed will take charge of the company’s sales force along with managing reservations, group sales, customer service and loyalty programs.

In a statement, Carnival thanked Freed for ‘the many contributions she has made to the Carnival organization over years and the very valuable role she has played within the company.’

Speculation as to why Freed jumped ship so suddenly has the travel agent world abuzz. Carnival’s long time president, Bob Dickinson, recently retired after 35 years with the company. Under new Carnival president, Gerald Cahill, things seemed to be going well.

MSNBC/Tripso columnist and travel agency owner, John Frenaye, says he thinks Freed’s sudden departure is an ominous sign for travel agents. “I think they are positioning to go direct to the consumer and eliminate all commissions,” he says. Frenaye is blogging his thoughts here http://notravelmlms.blogspot.com

Stay tuned for updates. ExpertCruiser will be onboard the Carnival Freedom starting tomorrow for John Heald’s “Bloggers Cruise” several company executives are scheduled to be onboard. We will keep you updated.

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One Response to “Carnival SHOCKER! Vicki Freed jumps ship to Royal Caribbean”

  1. This is pretty good news for the travel industry I hope.

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