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COO Neil Palomba will be leaving Carnival Cruise Line

Neil Palomba would like to get back to a broader role and has decided to pursue other opportunities
Neil Palomba, EVP and chief operations officer at Carnival Cruise Line, will be leaving at the end of the fiscal year (end November).

Palomba relocated from Italy to Miami in July 2020 during the operating pause. Reporting directly to Carnival President Christine Duffy, he succeeded Gus Antorcha, who became president of Holland America Line. His responsibilities include hotel operations, guest services, guest commerce and guest care.

A successor hasn't been announced.

Former Costa president

Palomba came to Carnival after seven years in Genoa with Costa Cruises, which he led as president since early 2015.

According to a Carnival spokesperson, 'Neil wants to get back to a broader role and has therefore decided to pursue other opportunities.'

Carnival expressed its appreciation for the 'many contributions' Palomba has made leading the shipboard hotel operations team through the line's successful restart.

'Loyal and dedicated executive'

'Neil has been a loyal and dedicated executive at Carnival and we wish him well as he pursues his next opportunity,' the company said.

Before joining Costa as SVP hotel operations and guest experience beginning in January 2014, Palomba was corporate operating officer at MSC Cruises following multiple onshore and onboard roles, including positions in the hotel and deck departments and serving as second officer.