Royal Caribbean Group appoints new EVP and head of marine

Royal Caribbean Group appoints new EVP and head of marine

Palle Laursen will assume the role from 1 May 2023

Royal Caribbean Group has named Palle Laursen as executive vice president, head of marine, starting on 1 May 2023.

As part of his new role, Laursen will report to Royal Caribbean Group president and CEO Jason Liberty and will join the company’s Executive Committee.

The position, which was newly created, will enable the company to centralise its global and brand marine operations functions under Laursen.


Laursen will also oversee the strategic operations of TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, of which Royal Caribbean Group is a 50% joint-venture owner.

Speaking about the appointment, Royal Caribbean Group president and CEO Jason Liberty said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Palle Laursen to the Royal Caribbean Group. Palle has had a long and distinguished career with Maersk and is a recognised leader in the maritime industry. With more than 25 years of experience, his direct technical and operational knowledge will serve our company well, especially as we continually work to decarbonise our business.”

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Most recently, Laursen served as chief fleet and technical officer at AP Moller–Maersk and was responsible for its entire fleet of more than 750 container vessels, 400 chartered vessels and 350 owned vessels, as well as chartering, technical management, crew management, safety and compliance, new building activities and engineering services. He also led Maersk’s effort to have the entire fleet fully carbon neutral by 2040.

Commenting on his new role, Laursen said: “This is an exciting time for the Royal Caribbean Group, and I very much look forward to helping the company deliver the best vacations in the world, responsibly,” said Palle Laursen. “I look forward to joining the most innovative team in the industry at Royal Caribbean Group and lead the marine team alongside a team committed to operational excellence, and environmental stewardship.”

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