Adam Goldstein departs Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

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Adam Goldstein at the CLIA Cruise360 conference in 2019.
Adam Goldstein at the CLIA Cruise360 conference in 2019. Photo Credit: Tom Stieghorst

Adam Goldstein has left Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) after a 32-year tenure with the company. Goldstein most recently was RCCL’s vice chairman.

Goldstein's last day was March 2. No replacement has been named.

Speaking to Travel Weekly, RCCL chief executive Richard Fain said, “Adam had been more and more engaged in various [outside] activities, which have been growing over time, and cutting back on his time here. This is the culmination of a process he started a few years ago.”

In his role as vice chairman, Goldstein's duties included regulatory and governmental issues. For now, Fain said he would assume that role.

RCCL said that Goldstein has made “countless contributions” since he began working at the company in 1988. 

While Goldstein was president and CEO of the Royal Caribbean International brand from 2007 to 2014, he led the introduction of the Freedom- and Oasis-class ships. 

Royal Caribbean International senior vice president of sales, trade support and service Vicki Freed said Goldstein “encouraged the brand to think differently. There were many game-changing ship designs that came in under his leadership.”

For example, Freed said the 1999 debut of Voyager of the Seas was a milestone in cruising. At the time, Freed was Carnival Cruise Line's senior vice president of sales and marketing. Freed joined Royal Caribbean in 2008.

“Nobody ever thought about a cruise ship to have that open Royal Promenade,” she said. “After the Voyager, he didn’t stop. In 2006 the Freedom of the Seas came out, which topped the Voyager, and then the Oasis.”

Goldstein was RCCL’s president and COO from 2014 to 2018. Since 2018, he had been vice chairman. 

“Every step of the way, our company was growing, strengthening and becoming more successful,” said Jonathan Fishman, RCCL’s manager of corporate reputation. “And the parallels between Adam’s achievements and the company’s are no accident.”

Goldstein remains chairman of the CLIA cruise trade group. Commenting on Goldstein retaining his CLIA role, Fain said, “We never thought of his role as the chair of CLIA as being a corporate role -- it’s an industry role, and he’s an industry person. The decision by the executive committee to have him remain was unanimous.”
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This report was updated on Friday afternoon with comments from Richard Fain and Vicki Freed.
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Arnie Weissmann and Johanna Jainchill contributed to this report.

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