Celebrity Cruises Appoints Gregory Purdy Senior Vice President, Operations

September 18, 2012

Celebrity Cruises today announced the promotion of Gregory Purdy to Senior Vice President of Operations. Previously Vice President of Marine Operations for the modern luxury line, Purdy now will complement his leadership of Celebrity’s Marine Operations with that of Celebrity’s Hotel Operations, including Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Housekeeping, Casino, AquaSpa/fitness and retail operations.

“Under Greg’s leadership, Celebrity has been recognized for its development of innovative energy efficiencies and safety measures. He and the Marine Operations team — together with the Hotel Operations team he’ll also now lead — collaborated closely in successfully launching our stunning Solstice Class fleet and leading the ambitious ‘Solsticizing’ initiative, all of which have transformed the Celebrity brand,” said Celebrity’s President & CEO Michael Bayley. “I’m confident Greg’s inspiring leadership and deep knowledge of all aspects of the business will help us build on the exciting growth and momentum behind the brand.”

Purdy joined sister line Royal Caribbean International in 2001 to manage its safety training program. His responsibilities grew to encompass the company’s safety and environmental programs; development of comprehensive fleet quality assurance systems; and coordination with authorities for numerous innovative aspects of Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships.

In addition to the Marine group, Purdy now also leads the extraordinary team that developed all aspects of Celebrity’s modern luxury experience, including specialty restaurants like the industry-first Lawn Club Grill, eclectic Qsine, Mediterranean-themed Blu and elegant Murano; spa-inspired AquaClass accommodations; the hip Celebrity iLounge. and breathtaking aerial acts, all while sailing to many of the best destinations around the world.

Purdy serves on the Board of Directors of Children’s Harbor, a non-profit organization in Broward County assisting children and families.

About Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. In addition to offering vacations visiting all continents, Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Europe and South America. One of the fastest-growing major cruise lines, Celebrity is one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL). Celebrity’s fleet currently consists of 10 ships, with an additional Solstice Class ship, Celebrity Reflection, scheduled to join the fleet in fall 2012. For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111 or call your travel agent. Follow the brand socially on Facebook.