In a move that shocked the cruise industry, the CEO of Crystal Cruises abruptly resigned yesterday, Edie Rodriguez has left the company she lead since 201. Under her command, the #1 rated all-inclusive cruise giant was purchased by Hong Kong base Genting.
Ms Rodriquez led a complete transformation of the line fro two stellar ships, the Serenity and the Symphony to an offering that will comprise 3 more ocean liners (one a condo arrangement), 5 river ships, a fleet of yachts and two aircraft.
A 777 is being reconfigured from holding 300 pax to one with almost 90. It’s focus will be for high rollers to take extended vacations with a theme – like golf courses of the world. Imagine Scotland on Monday, Pebble Beach on Wenesday.
Crystal has been based in LA for many years but has expanded operations to the Miami area. Key personnel have left the company in the last few years, including the VP of Entertainment, VP of Marketing and the COO.
Specific reasons for Ms. Rodriguez departure were not released – but it’s said it was amiable. It’s hoped that more will come out soon. She has no immediate announcement as to a new position in the industry.
Tom Wolber, fresh from Disney was announced as the new CEO – effective now. While with Disney for 28 years, Wolber has been President and CEO of Euro Disney and held posts at the Walt Disney World Resort.