AQV’s new president outlines strategic vision for Q4
Cynthia D’Aoust

Cynthia D’Aoust named as AQV’s new president

FORT LAUDERDALE — American Queen Voyages has announced Cynthia ‘Cindy’ D’Aoust as its new president, effective Oct. 3, 2022.

D’Aoust, who previously served as President of Hospitality for Cape Resorts Management Company as well as Global President & CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), will take over the reins from current Acting President David Giersdorf. Bringing with her nearly 40 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry, D’Aoust will be responsible for developing AQV’s overall business strategy and providing guidance to the leadership team to create growth and drive innovation.

“This is an exhilarating time for American Queen Voyages and I am excited to be part of a dedicated team building upon this company’s rich heritage,” said D’Aoust. “American Queen Voyages continues to carry forth the brand’s heritage and tradition by celebrating what always remains at its core – a commitment to excellence and a dedication to creating amazing experiences for our guests. I am thrilled to be leading the team during this great growth period for American Queen Voyages as the company continues to elevate the brand even further in the forthcoming years.”

D’Aoust’s appointment comes during AQV’s 10th anniversary year. To support continued growth, AQV will join parent company Hornblower’s newly created overnight division, which is headed by Chris Tallent, chief executive officer of Journey Beyond, Australia’s leading experiential travel company. This division will further benefit AQV by having it join the iconic overnight rail and lodging brands of Journey Beyond, uniting Hornblower’s portfolio to trade partners.