Marguerite Fitzgerald now leads Australia’s largest cruise organisation after beginning her new role on January 10, 2022, as President of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia, which, as the world’s only cruise line with its operational team in Australia, is renowned as the home-grown cruise line having operated from Australia for nearly 90 years.
An Australian citizen, Marguerite was previously at Boston Consulting Group in Melbourne, before moving to Miami for 11 years, where she led BCG’s global lodging and leisure practice, as well as its global strategy business.
She brings an overall two decades of strategy and operational experience in leisure travel across airlines, cruise lines, theme parks, hotels and resorts. In this position, Marguerite worked closely with Carnival Corporation and its signature brands, and her knowledge and expertise of the cruise industry encompasses key facets including commercial, hotel and marine operations.
Prior to joining BCG, Marguerite served for several years in the Australian power industry. She has an MBA from the leading INSEAD international business school and a BA/BE with first class honours in linguistics and electrical engineering.
During her career, Marguerite has conducted market assessments and developed market entry and growth strategies for cruise lines, including developing the Australian market entry strategy for a global cruise line, undertaken studies of port operations in multiple countries and reorganised maritime operations of a US-based cruise line, to improve reliability and crew productivity.
Marguerite’s combination of experience is now being applied in leading Carnival Australia with its seven world leading cruise lines that normally have ships based in Australia year-round, home ported here on a seasonal basis or visiting Australian ports on extended international voyages.