As Royal Caribbean Cruise Line continues to expand in Europe, as well as Asia and Latin America, the company announced today that Susan Hooper, managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), will be stepping down from her position, effective 1 September 2008.

Hooper, who joined the company four years ago, has been instrumental in the region’s rapid growth and success.  The region has achieved record growth under her leadership and is poised for even greater growth in the future.

Hooper attributed her departure to new professional opportunities and the needs of her family.

“In the four years Susan has driven the EMEA management teams of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line brands, she has achieved the fastest growth in the history of the business,” said Michael Bayley, senior vice president, International, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

“She leaves behind a legacy of outstanding management and performance that sets very high standards for our organisation as we move forward,” he added.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise vacation company that operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France. The company has a combined total of 38 ships in service and seven under construction. It also offers unique land-tour vacations in Alaska, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America.