Princess Cruises’ head of brand marketing Pieter van der Schee is leaving the company with immediate effect.

Van der Schee joined the company back in 2001 and is leaving as a result of a reorganisation of the marketing functions at Princess Cruises. He is set to pursue opportunities outside the company.

Paul Ludlow, Princess Cruises UK director, said: “Following a restructure of the Princess Cruises Marketing Services and PR team in the UK, Pieter van der Schee will be leaving the business to pursue new opportunities. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the contribution Pieter has made to Princess over the past 12 years and wish him every success for the future.”

In a note to colleagues Van der Schee said his time with Princess had been an “amazing journey” from the introduction of Golden Princess in 2001 to the launch of Royal Princess this year, which he said created “unprecedented public interest”.

“In that period the Princess brand in the UK grew six-fold and became the country’s fourth largest cruise line,” he added.