Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced today that Bernard Aronson, a director of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. since 1993, has decided not to stand for re-election at the company's upcoming Annual Shareholders Meeting in May, citing the time commitments required of his new responsibilities. 

In February 2015, Aronson was named by President Obama as U.S. Special Envoy to the Colombian Peace Process.

"Serving on the Royal Caribbean board has been a privilege and a joy," said Aronson.  "The culture of a company is its most valuable asset, and I know that the culture of excellence, service and 'wow' that Royal Caribbean embodies will continue under the board's leadership."

Aronson is Royal Caribbean's longest-serving outside director, and is a member of the Compensation Committee. He also serves as the Founding Partner of ACON Investments, LLC.  From 1989 to 1993, Aronson served as Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.

"Bernie has been an invaluable member of the board, and has a tremendous understanding of our company," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "I want to thank him for the significant contributions he has made over the past 20 years. His advice and guidance will be missed and I wish him success in his new government assignment."