Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Royal Caribbean pays tribute to joint founder

Royal Caribbean has paid tribute to co-founder Arne Wilhelmsen, who died at the weekend in Palma, Spain, aged 90.

Wilhelmsen was a Royal Caribbean board member for over three decades until 2003.

He was at the forefront of the modern cruise industry and helped put Miami on the map as the world's cruising capital.

RCL chairman and CEO Richard Fain said: "At a time when the rest of the world thought cruising was a niche use for old transatlantic liners, Arne was already seeing glimmers of the growth that was possible.

"He had a vision of the modern cruise industry when the `industry' might have been a dozen used ships, total."

He worked as a ship broker in the 1950s and then worked at the family owned shipping business, Anders Wilhelmsen & Co AS.

He helped start Royal Caribbean in 1968 in partnership with two other Norwegian shipping firms.

He is pictured with his sons watching Song of Norway leave Oslo. The ship was purpose-built for Royal Caribbean in 1969.

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