Royal Caribbean Cruises has appointed Adam Goldstein as president and chief operating officer.

Goldstein has spent 12 years as president and chief executive of the company’s largest line, Royal Caribbean International.

He will take up the role immediately and a search is under way for a new leader for the Royal Caribbean International brand.

Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive of Royal Caribbean Cruises, said: “Adam has played a key role in growing Royal Caribbean International, step by step, into a global leader. In the course of doing so, he has become an impressive leader in his own right.

“In his new role, Adam will be able to put his broad worldview and strategic insights to use leading our varied cross-functional teams.

“We believe that it’s important for our brands to have their own personalities and business plans. But it’s also important to pursue best practices and to make sure that the insights we learn within individual lines can be applied to the entire company’s benefit. When we do that, we are a stronger business.”

Goldstein’s portfolio will include human resources, information technology, supply chain, corporate communications, safety and environment, government relations, guest port operations and commercial development.

Goldstein said: “Royal Caribbean was a five-ship company when I arrived here, and today we are many times larger than that.

“We now have more than 60,000 employees taking our guests to every continent of the world, as well as the most technologically advanced ships at sea.

“The opportunity we have is to take even greater advantage of our global scale and knowledge, while delivering the guest satisfaction that helped us grow to where we are today.”

Goldstein joined the company in 1988.