Adam Goldstein, head of Royal Caribbean International, promoted to new parent company position

hsampson@MiamiHerald.comApril 7, 2014 

Adam Goldstein, shown in this 2009 photo at a cruise industry convention, has been named president and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.


Adam Goldstein, who has led Royal Caribbean International for the last 12 years, has been named to a newly created position at the Miami-based parent company.

Goldstein, 54, is president and chief operating officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., effective immediately.

A search is on for a new president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, the largest brand in the company with 21 ships. The fleet includes the world’s largest cruise ships, the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.

An announcement released Monday morning said Goldstein will work with Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain on the strategic direction for the world’s second-largest cruise company. He will also oversee human resources, information technology, supply chain, corporate communications, safety and environment, government relations, guest port operations and commercial development.

“Adam has played a key role in growing Royal Caribbean International, step by step, into a global leader,” Fain said in a statement. “In the course of doing so, he has become an impressive leader in his own right.”

A Princeton graduate with a law degree from Harvard, Goldstein joined Royal Caribbean in 1988.

“Royal Caribbean was a five-ship company when I arrived here, and today we are many times larger than that,” Goldstein said in a statement. “The opportunity we have is to take even greater advantage of our global scale and knowledge, while delivering the guest satisfaction that helped us grow to where we are today.”

In all, Royal Caribbean Cruises includes six brands and a total of 41 ships. In addition to Royal Caribbean International, the company also owns Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Spanish line Pullmantur, CDF Croisières de France and TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture.

“We believe that it's important for our brands to have their own personalities and business plans,” Fain said in the statement. “But it's also important to pursue best practices, and to make sure that the insights we learn within individual lines can be applied to the entire company's benefit. When we do that, we are a stronger business.”

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