While we’re talking about Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ financial worries, I thought I would share this picture of chairman and CEO Richard Fain, challenging all-comers on the Independence of the Seas Flowrider during the ship’s inaugural last spring.
Fearless Fain proved he’s as adept at keeping his feet on the surf simulator as he is at running the second biggest cruise company on the planet, and operating the world’s biggest passenger ships.
He’s not bad at crazy golf either, as he showed when he took on the company’s president, Adam Goldstein, and Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave.
Incidentally, Fain now says it’s time to call a halt to deep discounting in order to fill the company’s ships, partly because the people who wait to bag the best bargains can be just as tight with their money when it comes to on-board spending in the bars and beauty salons, and on excursions and other extras.
He now says Royal Caribbean would rather sail with some empty cabins in order to keep fares at a more reasonable level.