Crystal’s Karen Christensen Honored at the 2019 CLIA Awards

Karen Christensen

Australasia’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director inducted into the CLIA Hall of Fame  

SYDNEY, February 26, 2019 – Respected travel industry veteran, Karen Christensen, was recognized with top honors at the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) annual Australasian Awards last Saturday evening where she was announced as the winner of CLIA’s 2019 Hall of Fame Award.

The CLIA Hall of Fame Award is a formal recognition to honor an individual whose efforts and accomplishments represent a significant contribution to the cruise industry or noteworthy achievement. Joel Katz, CLIA’s Managing Director for Australasia noted Christensen’s positive impact on the development of the cruise industry during her career saying, “Karen was instrumental in developing the foundation of what CLIA Australasia is today and has successfully championed the professional development of our travel agent community, contributing to the growth of the cruise industry across this region.”

Christensen has played an integral and leading role in the development of cruising in Australasia including laying the foundations of The International Cruise Council Australasia (ICCA), now CLIA, first as Training Manager, where she oversaw the development of fully accredited training and education programs as well as presiding over the operations of ICCA as General Manager, during the phenomenal growth period of 1998-2005. In December 2008, Karen Christensen was elected Chairman of ICCA and served a two-year term in the position.

“I truly am honored and humbled by this acknowledgement. I’ve been passionate about the cruise industry for more years than I am willing to share, and I feel very privileged to have been involved with CLIA throughout my career in different guises,” said Karen. “There are many successful cruise-selling advisors in Australia that I remember training over 20 years’ ago and watching how their careers and businesses have grown is extremely pleasing.”

Joining Crystal in 2016, Christensen is a key member of Crystal’s global senior management team and is charged with the region’s overall business growth and the roll out of the brand’s evolution from ocean cruise line to a luxury travel brand offering multiple brand extensions by ocean, river, yacht and expedition.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 28 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promoting the cruise travel experience. The CLIA Community is comprised of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

About Crystal

Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA.

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