Royal Caribbean International has named Michael Bayley as president and CEO with immediate effect.
He has switched from sister operator Celebrity Cruises where he held the equivalent role.
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, who moves from executive vice president, operations at Royal Caribbean, was confirmed in the same announcement as president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises.
Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, said: “This is a happy day for Michael and Lisa, and a proud day for all of us at the company.
“To recognise these two incredibly talented people with these vital leadership positions after years of dedication, effort and innovative thinking is gratifying for everyone here. I am impressed with the skills they have demonstrated over the course of their careers, and I am excited to see where they take these powerful brands next.”
Bayley, who worked his way up from an assistant purser’s position on board the Nordic Prince, said: “Royal Caribbean International is a brand with an incredible history – and unlimited potential. The ships, personified in the new Quantum class, are some of the best and most innovative in the world.
“And the crews that service Royal Caribbean International guests have a track record of delighting guests from every culture around the world. I look forward to an exciting future as we raise our game to an even higher level of performance.”
Lutoff-Perlo said: “Celebrity Cruises has done a remarkable job differentiating itself in a crowded and competitive premium marketplace, and with its newly announced Edge class ships, the brand has the opportunity to push its leadership position even further.
“I’m excited to tackle that challenge with a team of men and women I know well, including crews that consistently exceed our guests’ highest expectations.”