25 Years, 25 Notable Elements of our Chairman & CEO's Tenure

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If there is one person who is looking forward to Quantum of the Seas as much as I am, that would of course be our Chairman & CEO Richard Fain.  He is so passionate about our new ships and this has been such an intense time – not just announcing Quantum but also finalizing the design of Oasis III behind the scenes – that one wonders if he even noticed that his 25th anniversary as Chairman & CEO passed on April 1st.

I met Richard in 1984 and my professional relationship with him dates back to 1986 when I worked as a glorified intern for Gotaas-Larsen Shipping Company where he was joint Managing Director.  As I was finishing my MBA in France in 1988, he asked me if I would work for him in Miami where he would be Chairman & CEO of a new cruise group consisting of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Admiral Cruises while continuing in his position at Gotaas-Larsen.

The average tenure of CEO’s of publicly traded companies is approximately 7 years give or take two. Richard is now beyond 25 years. You only achieve that longevity through great dedication and a lot more.  Here are 25 notable elements of his tenure, in no particular order:

–          Work ethic and integrity

–          Commitment to safety and environment

–          Incredible ship design

–          Fidelity to travel agents

–          Appreciation for our employees

–          Attention to detail

–          Financial acumen

–          Anticipation of issues

–          Could have been a lawyer

–          Strong marketing orientation

–          Flair for the big event

–          Passions for trivia and gadgets

–          Pillar of CLIA (the industry association)

–          Major force behind local success of United Way

–          Keen interest in sustainability

–          Global orientation

–          Could have been a doctor

–          Endless storytelling

–          Passion for arguments

–          Long time trustee of the University of Miami

–          Preparing for and leading 100+ Board meetings

–          Could have been a naval architect

–          Savior of the bagpipe industry

–          Fain scholarships for employees, Little Cruisers day care and school in Haiti

–          Vision and strategic orientation

–          Athleticism (just kidding, plus this is #26 anyway)

Happy 25th Anniversary Richard.

  • Robert Goupil

    Congratulations Richard Fain…….
    and to the entire RCL family

    • http://www.royalcaribbean.com Adam

      Thank you for the congratulations, Robert.

  • John Smith

    Well said Adam. Congratulations Richard! Looking forward to your leadership for many years to come.

    • http://www.royalcaribbean.com Adam

      As are we, John. Thank you.

  • http://www.wegotfuntravel.com Scott Downen

    Congratulations Richard…..Your Leadership, Vision and Dedication have made Royal Caribbean International THE LEADER in the Cruise Industry!! I hope you stick around for MANY MANY more years.

    • http://www.royalcaribbean.com Adam

      Thank you so much, Scott.

  • http://Jobil97@aol.com Nancy

    We took a cruise on the Allure of the Seas and will not take another cruise on any other line. The service was fantastic, the ship was unbelieveably beautiful with all the amenditeis. The ship was spotless 24 hours a day. The food was incredible. We did not win at the casino but we had a fantastic time anyway. It would have been nice to come home with some money. The shows were great, especially the ice skating. We intend on going on another cruise the end of this year.

    • http://www.royalcaribbean.com Adam

      Fantastic, Nancy. We’re proud that our ship lived up to and exceeded your expectations. We look forward to your return onboard.

  • http://Facebook Lisa A. Olsen

    Congratulations! My sister and I have cruised with Royal Caribbean twice with another set for November. I appreciate all you’ve put into these wonderful ships…all the details, the crew and the sense of order and safety.
    Congratulations again and I pray you have a few more!

    Lisa Olsen

    • http://www.royalcaribbean.com Adam

      Thank you for your kind words, Lisa.

  • Frank Stonitsch

    Since this ship is no doubt 100 feet or more longer than the traditional medium size ships (80,000-100,000 ton range) and my wife and I being senior citizens, could you tell me the number of elevator banks the ship has. Many of the medium size ships that we have sailed on have three elevator banks, I would think this ship would have maybe as many as four or five banks.

  • Fred W.

    Congratulations on 25 years, and all of the “firsts” that have occured during your tenure at the helm of the company!

    Fred W. (Diamond Member)

    • http://www.royalcaribbean.com Adam

      Thank you for your kind words, Fred.

  • Jeanie Griffin

    Thank you Adam and Richard for giving people like me a feeling of pure joy. There is nothing like the Royal treatment. I am a peson with limited means but, I chip away at each cruise I take. Cruising takes up alot of my dreaming awake time. I think about the cruises I have taken and the most wonderful times I have had . The whole process of planning and going makes me happy even when things are falling apart around me. I also look forward to going on my next cruise on 5/10/20014 on the Oaisis. I hope and pray the funds will be there for it. I am 62 will be 63 and want to be able to rock climb on more time, for which I did when I was still in my fifties. Thanks again guys, great work. Also, good luck with my Granduer my first love.

    With hugs and kisses

    P.S. You don’t have to post this. I just want to say it.

    • http://www.royalcaribbean.com Adam

      We’re thrilled that you’ve enjoyed cruising with us so much, Jeanie. It seems that you love cruising just as much as we do! We look forward to seeing you onboard again soon.

  • Caroline Hardy

    I was Richard’s PA in London way back in 1980 when we both worked for Gotaas-Larsen Inc. I knew then that he is an exceptional person and was an absolute joy to work for so I am absolutely thrilled to see that RCCL have had the privilege of his wonderful leadership for so long. It was destined to be a success! My love and congratulations to you Richard! I hope we meet again one day!

    • http://www.royalcaribbean.com Adam

      Thank you for your kind comment, Caroline.

  • Theresa Farina

    Unfortunately, my family and I were very disappointed with our vacation on the Allure this past January, experienced a very unfriendly staff and at times rude. I have prepared a letter which has not been sent as I am continuously given the run around to obtain an email address for Adam and Richard Fain. I understand in the position you both hold you cant possibly read every email but I implore you to provide email address’ so I can forward my letter as I believe you will be grateful for the knowledge I will provide.

    Thank you

    • Royal Caribbean International

      We’re sorry to hear you were disappointed with your vacation, Theresa. Will you please share your letter with us at: Royalguestrelations@rccl.com?

  • Danny Rocha

    Have been on a few cruises, the last one was with RCL on the Radiance of the seas Alaska cruise, our next is on the Rhapsody of the seas in 2015 (Greek isles). I want to compliment you on the excellent crew that you have. I see on the news that you are moving your biggest ship the Quantum of the seas to China (be sure to have maximum Baccarat tables in the casino as its the most popular game with the Chinese,) for us in New Zealand our only local choice with RCL is to go to Sydney to join your cruise, we desperately need RCL to operate cruises EX New Zealand round trips. Cheers!!

    • Royal Caribbean International

      Hi Danny, Thanks for the positive feedback! We appreciate your suggestions as well, and have forwarded them to the appropriate department. We look forward to having you on the Rhapsody next year! Don’t forget to brush up on your Greek.