Sea ViewsFrom President and COO, Adam Goldstein

Sea Views Blog with Adam Goldstein

A Day in the Life of Royal Caribbean’s President & CEO

My team recently asked me to write an entry for our “Day in the Life” series.  That has worked well for many of my colleagues but for me it would produce a very short entry.  There is no normal day for me. It is probably more useful to describe what I am trying to accomplish over a period of time such as months.

Clearly my professional responsibilities include dealing with whatever comes up for the company and for the brand.  Our company Executive Committee meets as regularly as our travel schedules allow.  I try to meet with my direct reports as regularly as I can as well as with a number of other colleagues.

There are seemingly endless topics that bubble up from day to day and week to week.  As much as we strive for our people to feel empowered to make decisions, the phenomenal complexity of this business inevitably requires that many issues require my attention. Sometimes we must deal with the very immediate here and now.  Sometimes we are debating and planning far into the future.

Over the course of a year I will travel abroad and in the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons.  Mostly it is for company business but sometimes it is for industry associations and/or interests.  I also do a few speeches each year.  I have to say no to many interesting opportunities.  There is no way to fit it all in.

Adam Goldstein

My other interests are also very much in the mix from family to community service to athletics.  2011 was a very interesting year in many of these respects.  Our family is once again in the middle of the effort to achieve legislation in Florida to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of concussions.  We will carry on this battle until we are successful, whether in 2012 or thereafter.  I really enjoyed my experiences running in national level track meets this past year.  I really didn’t know what I was doing and I’m still making up for missing 25 years of running.  But with the assistance of my personal trainer turned Coach Armando Cruz, I look forward to more significant progress.  I have increased my training intensity considerably and so far my body is holding up.  I have ambitious running goals for 2012.

It would not be possible to lead such a multivariable existence without stellar support all the way around.  I am extremely fortunate to have an understanding wife and great children.  I also have been the beneficiary of my outstanding executive assistant Marta Barrios’ support for nearly 20 years.  I have a lot to be thankful for including the attention of the readers of this blog.  Thank you and best wishes for 2012.

5 responses to:
“A Day in the Life of Royal Caribbean’s President & CEO”

  1. Maggie collins

    Like that you are into fitness. My best friend and I sail with RCL every JJanuary. We always take the stairs all week and hut the gym every day. I don’t do so well with limiting calories so I have to burn them off. The latest craze is Zumba. I contacted customer service to find out if Zumba exercise would be offered on the ship and they said no. Is this a possibility for the future as I know multiple classes would fill no and if yes, when?

  2. Paul Eisen

    Adam; I had written to you previously, after a trip on Oasis, with some comments. We have recently completed our first T/A on Navigator of the Seas. Our second trip on Navigator. Firstly, I must commend RCCL on the all around quality of this trip. It was our 22nd, and by far the best. We are already planning another T/A on Independence next November. Specifically I would like to mention Mr. Jao Bolla, who runs the Windjammer and the specialty restaurants. He was always visable, directing his staff and the difference on this trip and others we have had is amazing. The all around quality and presentation of the food was superb. The cleanleness of the area was excellent, as was the staff. We enjoyed both specialty restaurants, also. I heard similar comments from many on board. This was a long trip (14d.) but there was never a ‘down’ time, there were many things to keep us from being bored. I especially enjoyed the two day lecture on the great ocean liners, of the past. The ship is beautiful, the staff outstanding. We are already booked on Liberty on March 17th., with my son & his family, it will be interesting to compare. Many thanks for providing this level of enjoyment.
    Please send my regards to Cynthia Lembo.
    Paul Eisen
    Boca Raton, Fl

    • Adam

      Thank you for telling us about your wonderful time onboard, Paul. It brings us such joy to hear that your cruises with us continue to get better and better. We’ll be sure to pass the word along, thanks.

  3. TJ Candy

    Adam,

    It was great to get to meet you and so many of the Royal Caribbean athletes at the USCAA National Track and Field competition this past July (I recognized the location in the photo). I was very impressed to see you compete there, your love of running and competition was evident, as well as so many other talented runners on your team. Glad to see you dust off those track shoes after 25 years and working the oval!

    Speaking for all the USCAA teams (I compete on the General Electric team, I the 5K/10K road races, not on the track), we were so glad to see such a strong showing from Royal Caribbean your first time out and look forward to seeing you at future USCAA events.

    I know for me (53 years old), when I first started competing for our Corporate Team, it awoke a desire in me to compete that I hadn’t felt since high school. I hope it does the same for you.

    My wife and I have completed 4 Royal Caribbean cruises and are booked for #5 in March 2012 on Adventure of the Seas. I have made it a habit to run aboard ship every morning and logged 56 running miles aboard ship (my new record!) on Voyager of the Seas during a 7 day cruise earlier this year. I hope to make it 60 some time.

    Wishing you smooth sailing, on the seas and on the track!

    TJ Candy
    Fairfield, OH

    • Adam

      Thanks TJ. I enjoyed San Ramon and look forward to going back in July. I am training in a much more serious way than last year and hope to see results starting later this month. Fortunately USA T&F Nationals are three weeks after San Ramon this year. Last year they were one week later.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Close

Connect With us

Tab indicator
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@sarasotahair A cause for so many celebrations! What are you and your family looking forward to most onboard Oasis?
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@TJR220 Hi Tom - We apologize for the difficulties. We've contacted the ship & our Guest Services Manager will follow up w/ you. Thank you.
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@TeeganLeader3 The perfect gift! What are you most excited for onboard?
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@Courtnyb3 It'll be here before you know it! What are you looking forward to most onboard?
Royal Caribbean's avatar
Royal Caribbean@RoyalCaribbean
@liz_capt We’re ready to go when you are.
Soak it all in.

CocoCay view captured by dresanchez.
Sightsee from your deck chair.

#royalwow views captured by guest poordany on Instagram.
Vacation over too quickly? Sail back to back on Oasis of the Seas this fall and experience Europe like never before.
http://bit.ly/1lRMvKl
Some of our favorite guest photos from Labadee. http://bit.ly/1iKMoVI
We had an amazing time showcasing Quantum Dining in Aspen. Thank you to our friends at +FOOD & WINE http://bit.ly/QuantumDining
Go behind-the-scenes of some of our favorite onboard shows. http://bit.ly/1m0EMOv
In case you missed it, watch our Quantum Entertainment Hangout with Kristin Chenoweth here: Live Google+ Hangout with Kristin Chenoweth and Nick Weir
All-new shows and a Broadway favorite - Quantum of the Seas will have it all. Explore the world-class entertainment onboard: http://bit.ly/QOTSEnt
Don't miss out - join our Hangout with Kristin Chenoweth at 4:00pm EST for a special #QuantumOfTheSeas Entertainment announcement, live from the +Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas: http://bit.ly/KChenEntHangout
Questions about Quantum Entertainment? We’ve got you covered. Join Kristin Chenoweth on 6/11 at 4pm EST for a Hangout live from Las Vegas: http://bit.ly/1oDtVKX

JavaScript and Flash are required to view video content. View the playlist on YouTube.

  • Sail above the Carib Sail above the Caribbean. #parasail 20 hours + 48 minutes ago
  • Soak it all in. #coc Soak it all in. #cococay 20 hours + 48 minutes ago
  • Well hello there, pa Well hello there, paradise. #labadee 20 hours + 48 minutes ago
  • Sunsets at sea. Sunsets at sea. 20 hours + 48 minutes ago
  • Ice skating rink on Ice skating rink on Adventure of the Seas. 1 day + 19 hours ago
  • Ocean views from Adv Ocean views from Adventure of the Seas. 1 day + 20 hours ago
  • Adventure of the Sea Adventure of the Seas. 1 day + 20 hours ago
  • Even more fun on the Even more fun on the horizon. Explorer of the Seas. 1 day + 20 hours ago
  • Rope swing into the Rope swing into the ocean. 2 days + 20 hours ago
  • Walk through a tunne Walk through a tunnel of flowers. Wisteria Tunnel, Japan. 2 days + 20 hours ago
  • Summer plans.
  • Above and beyond.
  • Wait until you see the underwater views. #GreatBarrierReef
  • Well hello there, paradise.
  • Kissing the Caribbean goodbye for now. Click the link in our bio to watch the season finale of our @AwesomenessTV travel show with @yomuscleboii.
  • Even more fun on the horizon.
  • Soak it all in. #cococay
  • Colorful CocoCay.
  • Sail above the rest.
  • Nothing says vacation like sunsets at sea. #royalwow
It’s Not Rocket Science – Keep Your Head in the Game

Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:20 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD This is intended as the first in a series of relatively easy to accomplish tasks that remarkably few aspiring managers actually... Continue Here to Read More…

Why the Royal Caribbean Brand Continues to Evolve

Monday, July 28, 2014 10:02 AM

By Vicki Freed, SVP of Sales and Trade Support and Service, Royal Caribbean International I asked some of the Royal Caribbean International senior leadership to write a guest blog about the state of... Continue Here to Read More…

My New Responsibilities

Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:37 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. When I took on my new responsibilities a few months ago, I thought it would be very interesting to become a provider of shared... Continue Here to Read More…

Royal Caribbean at the Food & Wine Classic

Monday, July 21, 2014 11:52 AM

By Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International I recently returned from Aspen, Colorado where Royal Caribbean International was the official cruise... Continue Here to Read More…

Have You Cruised on 30 Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 10:07 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Less than four months to Quantum of the Seas! As one of my law professors like to say, the “relentless march of the... Continue Here to Read More…

Royal Caribbean Expands Cruise Vacation Offerings in Asia

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:30 AM

By Adam Goldstein, President &amp; COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. My latest travels brought me back to Asia the week of June 16 – 20.  As always, the pace and energy of the region are... Continue Here to Read More…

Personal Plans for the Second Half of 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:51 AM

Blog by Adam A quick update on my other doings as the “empty nest” approaches even faster than the delivery of Quantum of the Seas. Our family continues our involvement with many aspects of... Continue Here to Read More…

How Entertainment on Quantum & Anthem Will Transcend Anything You've Seen on Land or Sea

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:22 PM

Blog by Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International Hello, everyone.  Last week I had the pleasure of being in Las Vegas where we announced the amazing... Continue Here to Read More…

Catching the Travel Bug: My Explorations through SEED

Friday, June 20, 2014 11:18 AM

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s community support efforts often focus on education and social services for underserved youth. Over the years I have written from time to time about my long term... Continue Here to Read More…

Kristin Chenoweth Talks Entertainment on Quantum of the Seas

Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:05 PM

Blog entry by Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth is a Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway, film, and television actress. She is also the official Quantum Experience Advisor for Entertainment and... Continue Here to Read More…