Until March 31, 2008, one of the highest profile officials at Carnival Cruise Lines was Vice President of Sales, Maurice Zarmati. This former Carnival Cruise Line official worked for Carnival Cruise Lines for more than 25 years. As a Carnival Cruise Lines official, Mr. Zarmati led one of the largest and most successful sales teams in North America. While Maurice Zarmati is no longer a Carnival Cruise Lines official, he is still affiliated with the Carnival Cruise Lines Corporation. On March 31, 2008, Mr. Zarmati was named the President and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines North America. Costa Cruise Lines is Carnival Cruise Lines sister company.
As a former Carnival Cruise Lines official and as someone with more than 25 years in the cruise industry, Mr. Zarmati has dozens of accomplishments and successes to his credit. About Maurice Zarmatiâ€™s new position, Gianni Onorato, President of Costa Crociere said, â€œMaurice is well known and respected throughout the cruise industry for his numerous accomplishments and successes, so naturally we’re thrilled to have him lead up the efforts for our North and Central American markets, which are key to the continued growth and success of the overall Costa Crociere brand,” said Onorato. “Maurice brings nearly four decades of experience to the role, having led one of the biggest and best sales teams in North America with our sister company, Carnival Cruise Lines. We look forward to welcoming him to the Costa family in the next month.â€?
According to a press release by Dana Dominici, Director of Public Relations of Costa Cruise Lines â€“ North America, as the new President and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines North America, Maurice Zarmati will report directly to Gianni Onorato, president of Costa Crociere. The former Carnival Cruise Lines official will be responsible for all sales and marketing efforts for Costa’s North and Central American regions. This includes sales development, marketing, revenue management, finance, human resources, and passenger services.
While Carnival Cruise Lines is the worldâ€™s largest cruise operator, Costa Cruise Lines is Italy and Europeâ€™s number one cruise vacation line. In 2007, Costa Cruise Lines welcomed more than 1.1 million cruise passengers. Costa Cruise Lines sails to 250 destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, South America, the United Arab Emirates, the Far East, and the Indian Ocean.
Costa Cruise Lines has been certified by RINA (Italian Shipping Register) with the BEST4, an integrated system of voluntary certification of corporate compliance with the highest standards governing social accountability (SA 8000, issued in 2001), environment (UNI EN ISO 14001, 1996), safety (OHSAS 18001, 1999) and quality (UNI EN ISO 9001, 2000).
All Costa Cruise ships including: Costa Allegra, Atlantica, Classica, Concordia, Europa, Fortuna, Luminosa, Matina, Meditteranea, Magica, Pacifica, Romantica, Serena, and Costa Victoria, have been awarded RINA’s voluntary “Green Star” notation based on the highest environmental protection standards. Costa Cruises is also an official partner of the WWF for the protection of the marine ecoregions of the Mediterranean, the Greater Antilles, and Brazil.
On March 3, 2008, Lynn C. Torrent took over as Senior Vice President of Sales and Guest Services at Carnival Cruise Lines. Torrent, the new Carnival Cruise Lines official, spent the three years leading up to the new position at Costa Cruise Lines.