Taibel to depart Seabourn/HAL after 14 years

Restructure at Carnival Australia sees Alex Pikardt appointed as DOS Seabourn/HAL

Carnival Australia senior executive of more than a decade, Ryan Taibel, has confirmed he will be departing the company later this year amid a number of changes at the cruise juggernaut.

Taibel is the current Vice President of Sales and Partnership for Seabourn, Holland America Line and P&O Cruises.

In an email to trade partners this afternoon, Taibel advised “As the company reassesses our sales and marketing structure, I will be exiting my role…on 15 September to pursue other opportunities.”

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Amid the structural changes, Alex Pikardt will take up the new position of Director of Sales for Holland America and Seabourn.

“Alex has been part of the Carnival Australia sales team for over a decade, and you likely have worked with him through his various roles. I am confident that Alex will be a strong partner and that you will be in good hands,” Taibel added.

“On a personal note, I want to let you know how much I have appreciated your partnership over the past 14 years. I will leave Carnival Australia with nothing but fond memories, rich experiences and strong friendships.

“Thank you for being such an integral part of my cruise journey, please know how much I have enjoyed working with each and every one of you,” he added.

At Virtuoso Forum 2023 in Fiji, Ryan Taibel, departing VP, Sales & Partnerships - P&O Cruises, Holland America, Seabourn

In closing, Taibel said: “Together, we have produced an impressive 2024 sales year for Holland America and Seabourn in AU/NZ, and I know we are on a path to do the same in 2025.”

Meanwhile, Catherine Rynd, Marketing Lead at Seabourn, Australia has also confirmed she will be “temporarily” stepping away from her role at Seabourn to take on the Senior Marketing Manager role in Australia with Holland America Line, until March 2025.

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