Carnival Launches Employee Recognition Program on Maritz Motivation Solutions CultureNext® Platform

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More than 3,000 employees are using the company's new myRecognition tool

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Carnival Cruise Line and Maritz Motivation Solutions announced the successful launch of Carnival’s new employee recognition program on the Maritz CultureNext® platform. Known within Carnival as myRecognition, the solution, which went live in August, is currently being used by 3,000 shore-side headquarters and call center employees at Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Corporation & plc.

“We put people at the heart of everything we do at Carnival. We know that building pride in our company, camaraderie between our team members and trust in our teams and in leadership is critical to success,” according to David Klein, director, organizational development for Carnival Cruise Line. “We believe that this quick and easy tool is a lever that helps drive all these elements and fosters a culture where we reinforce great work to drive continued growth of our people and our business.”

“High performing companies like Carnival understand that recognition is key to attracting, retaining and motivating top talent. And more and more companies realize that creating a great customer experience starts with engaged and motivated employees. The No. 1 fundamental to engagement is feeling appreciated and recognized for contributions,” said Chris Winkelspecht, director of strategic services with Maritz Motivation Solutions.

Carnival’s HR department researched solutions that could help make recognition easy, consistent and equitable across the entire organization. Maritz was selected for its strategic approach to solution development, flexibility to address Carnival’s unique needs, ability to provide end-to-end services and intuitive technology.

Since the launch, 63 percent of the recognitions have acknowledged team members for collaboration, one of Carnival’s core values. The most liked ecard since the launch is one from Carnival’s chief people officer, Ronald Phillips, who recognized many employees for their hard work and commitment after Hurricane Irma. It has prompted more than 400 likes and 130 comments. “It always feels good to be appreciated. I will continue being of service each and every day,” one employee wrote. “So glad to be part of such a strong community and be recognized,” another said.

Carnival employees like Lisa McPherson, a building facilities manager who oversees four Carnival sites in Miami and Davie, Florida, have embraced the program enthusiastically.

“Sometimes a thank-you is just not enough. The application allows you to thank people who work with you and demonstrates respect by taking the time to recognize the person,” McPherson said.

David Brady, manager, music direction, who has been with the company for 10 years, said he is using the program actively to recognize his team and celebrate their accomplishments when they’ve gone the extra mile. “I love seeing my team celebrated. At Carnival, we are in the business of people and myRecognition better enables us to recognize our most important asset, our people,” he said.

The first phase of what Carnival calls myRecognition, a name that aligns with other programs within the company, includes peer-to-peer ecards, life celebration cards and service anniversary cards. Plans for expansion of the program are in the works.

About Maritz Motivation Solutions

Maritz Motivation Solutions has been a global leader in employee engagement for over 75 years. Maritz’s CultureNext® solution empowers employees to transform their organizations into amazing places to work. CultureNext provides organizations with flexible technology, tools, services and expansive rewards to help connect people worldwide to create a culture of engagement, passion and purpose. For more information, visit us at

About Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 25 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Two 133,500-ton Vista class ships are currently scheduled for delivery - Carnival Horizon in 2018 and an as-yet-unnamed vessel in 2019. Additionally, two new 180,000-ton ships are scheduled to enter service in 2020 and 2022.

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