Chairman & CEO Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Richard D. Fain is chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. His overall responsibility is to oversee the operation of the six company-owned cruise lines: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Cruises, CDF Croisières de France and the joint venture, TUI Cruises. Together, these brands operate 41 ships and carry more than five million guests annually.
Fain became the cruise line’s chairman and CEO in 1988. Before joining the company, he spent 13 years at Gotaas-Larsen Shipping Corp., a London-based owner and operator of cargo ships.
Fain’s hard work in promoting the company’s good image is reflected in the number of boards he has served, community service activities and many honors and recognition. He serves on the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees, the Posse Foundation and the Florida Council of 100. He is former board chairman of the Miami Business Forum, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, of the Cruise Lines International Association, an industry trade association representing nearly 17,000 affiliated travel agencies and the bulk of the world’s cruise lines. Fain also served as chairman of the United Way of Miami-Dade, and is currently chairman of the agency’s Veritage Miami food and wine festival.
In 2014, Fain received the Federal Maritime Commission Chairman’s Earth Day Award. In 2010 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Travel Weekly, the national newspaper of the travel industry. He accepted the Ultimate CEO Award from the South Florida Business Journal in 2004 and in that same year he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition Organization. In October 2004, Fain was inducted into the South Florida Business Hall of Fame.
Fain was presented one of France’s most distinguished awards, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (French Legion of Honor), and was named Commander, 1st Class, of the Order of the Lion by Finland. Fain received the Anti-Defamation League’s 2000 Distinguished Community Service Award, and was named the 1999 Statesman of the Year by the Wharton School Club of South Florida. In 1998, the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys recognized Fain as Humanitarian of the Year.
Fain holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Fain and his wife, Colleen, have four children and four grandchildren.