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Ever do a fantasy cruise booking just to find out how much the most expensive suite on a ship goes for? Bet when you saw the price, you said to yourself, “Geez, who can afford that? Must be nice!” Well, it probably won’t surprise you that according to recently released documents, the biggest of the wigs at the major cruise lines could easily afford to sail in those suites. Heck, based on the cruise executive paycheck info, it’s safe to say they could live in one of those suites!

The Biggest Cruise Executive Paycheck

So which cruise line top gun wound up taking home the biggest paycheck? The folks over at Cruise Industry News crunched the numbers (which came from required financial filings) and that honor went to… drumroll please… Richard Fain, the Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise line. In 2016, he took home — between his salary and other forms of compensation — just north of $10 million. (Interestingly, his actual base salary is only about $1 million, with the biggest chunk of his compensation coming via stock options.)

As the head of Royal Caribbean, Richard Fain is responsible for several of the world’s largest cruise ships. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

Over at Carnival Cruise Lines, President and CEO Arnold Donald clocked in with a very similar paycheck. His base salary of $1 million was buoyed by just over $8 million in other forms of compensation. At the back of the pack where the three major cruise lines  were concerned was Frank Del Rio, the President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Somehow, he had to scrape by on only $2.9 million… which may have proved especially difficult, given that in 2015, he took home over $30 million (thanks largely to a one-time options payout of over $17 million).

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Why They Make So Much Money

Now, if you’re thinking to yourself, “What on Earth could these people do to justify those salaries?”, keep in mind that yet again this year, the cruise industry has set records in terms of the number of annual passengers. And these executives will be charged with making sure that next year’s numbers are even better.

Under CEO Arnold Donald, Carnival introduced the new Vista class ships, featuring the revolutionary Havana suites.

Earlier this year, Skift took a look at not only what cruise line executives make, but how the companies performed under them. In the case of Royal Caribbean, the company saw revenue of $8.5 billion (yes, that’s with a “b”) in 2016, while profits went from $665 million to $1.3 million. And at the end of the day, the literal buck stops with Fain, whose every decision ultimately impacts the bottom line. And the same is true for the top execs at the other cruise lines as well. Whether they are figuring out how to help the Caribbean recover from a particularly harsh hurricane season or overseeing the creation and implementation of new technology designed to make cruising as stress-free as possible for their passengers, it’s safe to say that the people at the top of the financial food chain are earning every penny of their paychecks.

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June Special: Kids Sail Free to the Bahamas

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With summer around the corner, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has a special deal for families traveling with kids. Valid for all June cruises, those 16 and under will sail free if they’re staying in the same stateroom with two paying parents.

With the school year wrapping up and Father’s Day on June 17, it’s the perfect time for a quick escape to the Bahamas. Both of the line’s ships, Grand Classica and Grand Celebration offer a number of activities for guests on their way to the island. There are youth clubs divided by age, swimming pools, multiple dining options, a mini movie theater, mini rock climbing wall, a ball pit, and more.

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There’s also a number of shore excursions that families can take part in once they arrive, including snorkeling, a beach day, cruising the beach in an open-top Jeep, swimming with dolphins, parasailing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

For more information, visit bahamasparadisecruiseline.com.

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Take Annual Photos on Cruise Ship

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The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders have officially wrapped up their 2018 annual photo shoot, and this year a Miami-based cruise ship was the backdrop.

Over 20 of the cheerleaders sailed to the sunny Caribbean this month aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Seaside, donning a number of clothing styles for the photos while capturing the ship’s iconic design. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Annual is set to be released at the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Fashion Show this fall.

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The cheerleaders also took part in photo shoot in ports along the way, including St. Maarten, San Juan, and Nassau. During the voyage, the cheerleaders engaged with guests throughout the cruise during a variety of activities, including at the sail away party, hosting youth cheer clinics, posing for photo ops, and doing special performances to entertain guests. To kick off the cruise, they provided a warm Miami Dolphins welcome by taking over the terminal with mascot “TD” to cheer guests into their vacation.

The annual photoshoot onboard MSC Seaside came on the heels of the Dolphins’ first ever Fan Cruise onboard the same ship in March. The voyage included football legend guests of honor including Kim Bokamper, Terry Kirby, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Patrick Surtain, for a week of themed activities. The team will be hosting their second cruise in 2019.

The Miami Dolphins and MSC Cruises are in the midst of a three-year partnership, which resulted in the Fan Cruise. It will be hosted annually over the next three years.

Photos: Miami Dolphins

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Carnival Horizon Makes Inaugural Call in Canadian Port

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Carnival Cruise Line’s brand new Vista-class ship Carnival Horizon made her first-ever call in Halifax, Nova Scotia yesterday.

The day was a welcome change for cruise passengers; it was the first port stop after six days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. Ship officers as well as local officials held a traditional plaque ceremony in the Library onboard, where a plaque was given to the ship by the Port of Halifax and other tokens were exchanged, including a model of the ship given to the port by Carnival Cruise Line.

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Carnival Horizon is the sister-ship to Carnival Vista, which pioneered a number of new concepts for Carnival including the SkyRide bicycling attraction and the Dreamscape LED sculpture in the atrium. Some of Horizon’s unique new features include a sit-down barbecue smokehouse and brewery as well as a Cat in the Hat themed WaterWorks water park.

Click here for a video of the ship headed into the Port of Halifax.

Click here for our article on all of the free food found aboard Carnival Horizon.

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