Executive Team

 

Stein Kruse is Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group, a division of Carnival Corporation & plc. Holland America Group includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, as well as Holland America-Princess Alaska land operations. Kruse also is chairman of the board of MANCO, a U.K.-based entity that oversees the operations of Carnival Australia, including P&O Cruises Australia.

Holland America Group operates 41 cruise ships, with more than 36,000 employees worldwide delivering 25 million passenger cruise days annually.

Princess Cruises is the third-largest cruise line in the world, carrying approximately 1.4 million guests each year to top destinations around the globe on 18 premium vessels. A new 3,560 passenger Royal-class ship is on order for delivery in spring of 2017.

Holland America Line operates a fleet of 15 premium vessels carrying approximately 850,000 guests on more than 500 cruises annually to all seven continents. Two new 2,650-passenger ships are on order with deliveries scheduled for February 2016 and November 2018.

Holland America-Princess Land Operations operates hotels, rail services, motor coach transportation, shore services and tour operations in Alaska and the Yukon for guests from Holland America Line and Princess Cruises on land tours.

Seabourn’s four intimate, all-suite luxury vessels carry between 458 and 600 guests and sail 197 cruises annually to the world’s most desirable destinations. Our first 600 passenger ship, Seabourn Encore, was delivered in 2016 and a second 600-passenger ship, Seabourn Ovation, is scheduled to be delivered Spring 2018.

P&O Cruises Australia has three ships sailing from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, to destinations across the Australasia region.

 

Kruse joined Holland America Line in Seattle, Wash., in 1999 as senior vice president, Fleet Operations, with overall responsibility for operations and new builds. In 2003 he was named president and chief operating officer and became chief executive officer on Dec. 1, 2004. In January 2011 he was appointed chairman of Seabourn when the company's corporate headquarters transitioned from Miami, Fla., to Seattle. He was appointed CEO of the newly formed Holland America Group on Dec. 1, 2013.

Before joining Holland America Line, Kruse was senior vice president and chief financial officer of North American Operations for global Japanese shipping company "K" Line, where he also oversaw financial activities of seven U.S. subsidiaries and served on the Board of Directors. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, and president and CEO of Seven Seas Cruise Line.

Kruse currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation; World Trade Center Seattle; Saltchuk Resources, Inc.; and the University of Washington Foster School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

A native of Oslo, Norway, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Kruse, his wife and two children reside in Bellevue, Wash.

 

Richard Meadows is president of Seabourn, Carnival Corporation's ultra-luxury brand. In this role, Meadows has overall executive responsibility and leads all business and global operations for the award-winning luxury cruise line. He has held this position since 2011, when the company moved its headquarters to Seattle from Miami.

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 of Holland America Line, where he had global revenue responsibility.

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, beginning his career with Carnival Corporation in 1985.

An active advocate for the cruise and travel industries, Richard 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 and in 2017 Meadows was named a Fellow by the Culinary Institute of America. In the Seattle area, he was appointed by former Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and served on the Washington State Tourism Commission, as well currently serves on the board of directors for Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre.

 

Chris Austin is senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Seabourn, the world's finest ultra-luxury cruise line. In this position, he is responsible for the line's overall marketing efforts, brand management, sales and public relations.

Austin joined Seabourn in January 2017. Prior to that, he spent the past 30 years of his career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, most recently serving as vice president of global leisure, luxury & TMC sales, where he was responsible for developing and executing the global strategy and sales, marketing and B2B public relations activities for the leisure, luxury, partnership, airline and TMC channels. During his tenure with Starwood, in addition to his executive roles, he held a number of property-based positions in food and beverage, banqueting and catering, as well as various sales roles.

He has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including “Most Innovative Hotel Executive” by U.S. Travel Professionals in the Travvy Awards; “Best Luxury Hotel Executive Worldwide” by readers of Luxury Travel Advisor; and “ASTA Allied Member of the Year” by the world’s largest association of travel professionals.

Austin is passionate about people and results and works tirelessly to uncover innovative sales and marketing strategies that reflect the current global business environment. Known by colleagues and industry partners as a unique and remarkable leader of integrity, he builds trust and credibility with leadership, colleagues and customers. In addition, he empowers and advocates his team to make a positive impact on the organization.

A British national, Austin relocated to Seattle from Miami in 2017 with his partner Alex and their two dogs, Isabella and Sophie.

 

Doug began his career with Seabourn in 2001 as Director of Sales Development, and in 2006, became Vice President of Sales, responsible for Field Sales, Charters & Incentives, National Accounts and the Asia-Pacific and Latin America markets. He directed Seabourn's sales efforts through the largest growth period in the company's history… a 217% increase in capacity during the introduction of Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest.

In his current role as Vice President of Business Development, Doug is responsible for all North American trade channels for the Seabourn brand and will be overseeing the growth of these channels as Seabourn grows by almost 90% with the addition of Seabourn Encore and Seabourn Ovation.

 

Gerald Mosslinger has been named the new vice president of hotel operations.

In the role, Mosslinger will be responsible for the line's overall marine hotel operations, including culinary, guest services and administration, and entertainment. He previously spent more than seven years at Seabourn, both ashore in Miami, Fla., and aboard the line's ships.

"We are pleased to welcome Gerald back to the Seabourn team as we continue our leadership role in the luxury travel segment in 2017 and beyond," said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. "I'm looking forward to his influence and expertise, which will continue to drive our award-winning guest experience along with innovative new ideas that deliver a rich travel experience."

In 2017 Gerald was named a Fellow by the Culinary Institute of America. Most recently Mosslinger served as vice president, food and beverage, for Holland America Line. His professional career includes a stint with Joachim Splichal's Patina Restaurant Group based in Los Angeles, where he served as regional vice president.

Robin West is Vice President of Expedition Operations and Planning for Seabourn and is responsible for the development and operation of Seabourn’s expedition programming worldwide.

During his time at Seabourn, Robin has developed and operated numerous new and exciting programs for Seabourn. They include the line's highly acclaimed program in Antarctica, as well as the creation, implementation and roll-out of the line's extremely successful Ventures by Seabourn, a select series of excursions offering exceptional opportunities to enhance the ways Seabourn guests experience destinations. Ventures by Seabourn has now been launched in Antarctica, Australasia, Amazon, Iceland, Greenland, the British Isles and Northern Europe, and Alaska.

Born and raised in South Africa, Robin could often be found at the ocean or on the rugby pitch. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Port Elizabeth, his love for adventure developed into a career when he became an owner and operator of two outdoor adventure companies.

Robin eventually sought adventure beyond Africa, setting his focus on global expedition travel. With a solid foundation in business and tourism, Robin worked on private super yachts and luxury cruise ships, planning and executing expedition programs that covered all corners of the world over the course of 12 years.

With this broad experience and knowledge of the luxury industry, Robin joined Seabourn in 2014 as Manager of Expedition Operations & Planning, with responsibility for all aspects of expedition operations. When he's not off exploring the world, Robin now calls The Netherlands home.