In a proxy filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Royal Caribbean Cruises disclosed that its 2010 compensation paid to CEO Richard Fain (photo left) increased almost 60% to $8,600,000.  Royal Caribbean increased the compensation paid to the company’s four other named executives from 18.5% to almost 50%.  The largest compensation increase of the four executives  went to Adam Goldstein (photo right), the president of Royal Caribbean International, whose total compensation increased to over $4,000,000. 

These increases were primarily incentive based, meaning that the executives met or exceeded Royal Caribbean Executives - Richard Fain - Adam Goldsteincertain financial goals for the corporation.

One of the company’s goal we have been concerned with has been to reduce payments to ill and injured crew members.  In 2008, Royal Caribbean had over over 1,200 open medical files for ill and injured crew members around the world.  Due to certain cost cutting measures, by 2010 Royal Caribbean slashed the number of open crew medical files to around 400. 

In the process, the cruise line culled over 800 ill crew members from its medical department’s responsibility.  In many instances, there was no legal basis to terminate the medical care.  In cases where the medical care was not arbitrarily terminated, the cruise line reduced the daily stipend for sick crew employees from $25 to $12 a day.  Needless to say, it is impossible for anyone to live on $12 for food and lodging a day.

These harsh cost cutting measures "saved" Royal Caribbean millions.  Given the fact that cruise executives Fain and Goldstein collected over $12,500,000 together last year, it looks like the money formerly spent on crew member medical benefits ended up in the executives’ pockets.   


Photo credit:  Royal Caribbean International Flickr photostream

  • Sarah Watson

    Good point Sir Walker, cruise lines not only screw up
    the US economy with free taxes also the crew, hope
    something can be done some day regarding this matter.

  • Gabriel

    Can’t the port states just raise drastically the docking fee of cruiseships? If those extra $$ don’t go to crew welfare, at least lets prevent them from going to the CEO’s pockets.

  • John

    I’m a crew of celebrity cruises. I broke my foot onboard. when I asked for medical help, nurse told me – it’s nothing serious, and she gave me ibuprofen. when I asked for X-ray examination and to visit a doctor ashore – they told me, that I don’t need it. It was beginning of january. till now I have pain when wearing any shoes.
    whenever we are sick, they give us ibuprofen and aspirin, doesn’t matter if we have flu or back pain or norovirus – IBUPROFEN !!!! To get antibiotic you need to visit doctor, than to take ibuprofen 5 days, and if you still feel bad, they will give you antibiotic finally!
    poor company! no money for medicines!

  • zafer

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