Seabourn President, Richard Meadows, will retire from the top job at the end of this month after nine years in the role. Meadows has been with Carnival Corporation for 35 years.
“I’ve had so many amazing opportunities throughout my career, passionately leading a number of global cruise brands as well as working with so many talented team members, travel advisors and other stakeholders around the world,” said Meadows. “It has been a true honour to help craft those lifetime memories and special moments for our guests, through the profound power of travel, which brings people and cultures together. I look forward to the day when we can once again welcome our guests back on board.”
Stein Kruse, Group CEO of the Holland America Group and Carnival UK, into which Meadows reports, added: “Rick’s contributions to the cruise industry and his leadership in elevating Seabourn to the ultimate ultra-luxury cruise experience, bar none – are legendary. He will forever be part of our Carnival Corporation story and he has made us all better through his professionalism, authenticity and leadership.”
Between 2014 and 2016, Meadows also served in an additional leadership role as president of Cunard – North America and assumed operating responsibility for the iconic Cunard brand throughout the North American continent.
Prior to his appointment at Cunard, Meadows was in a dual-capacity role, serving as both President of Seabourn and Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Guest Programs for Holland America Line.
Among his previous roles, he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Seabourn; Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Carnival Corporation; and Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Windstar Cruises, a former subsidiary of Holland America Line. He also served as Director of Sales for Carnival Cruise Lines.
An active advocate for the cruise and travel industries, Meadows is a member of the board of directors for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in North America and is a frequent speaker at industry forums and events.
Meadows’ successor as President at Seabourn has yet to be named.
The announcement of Meadows’ pending exit comes as sister Carnival Corporation cruise company, Holland America Line, revealed it’s President Orlando Ashford would also retire at the end of May following five years in the position.