Michael Bayley leads a global team of more than 50,000 ship and shoreside employees, delivering memorable cruise vacations to over five million international guests on its fleet of 24 ships sailing to more than 270 destinations.
As President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Bayley is responsible for the cruise line’s entire operation, in addition to its private destinations, including Labadee, Haiti and Perfect Day at CocoCay, The Bahamas – the first in a series of private island destinations around the world known as the Perfect Day Island Collection.
He most recently oversaw the debut of revolutionary ships Symphony of the Seas, offering cruises to North American and international markets, and Spectrum of the Seas, sailing from China year-round. The line has an additional six ships under construction and on order, including Odyssey of the Seas – set to debut in 2021 – and a brand-new class of ships named Icon. Bayley is integral to the development of innovations with each new private island destination and ship introduced by the cruise line.
Bayley began his career with Royal Caribbean in 1981 as an assistant purser on board the m.s. Nordic Prince. Over a 10-year span, he worked in a variety of positions throughout the cruise line’s expanding fleet, each with increasing managerial responsibility. Bayley’s success led him to serve as vice president of Total Guest Satisfaction, Fleet Operations; senior vice president of Hotel Operations and Onboard Revenue, and later as executive vice president of Operations. He has spent time based in Europe as the Chairman and Managing Director of Island Cruises, a joint venture between First Choice Holidays, a leading U.K. Tour Operator, and Royal Caribbean. Bayley also once served as vice president at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
In 2012, he was named President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, becoming responsible for improving the brand’s overall financial performance when he expanded the vacation offering to guests in the premium segment. He then became President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International in 2014.
A native of the United Kingdom and currently living in South Florida, Bayley graduated in Business from the University of Bournemouth.