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Frank J. Del Rio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Frank J. Del Rio is the president and chief executive officer of S&P 500 company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH), comprised of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Del Rio assumed this role in January 2015.

Under his leadership, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has grown to a fleet of 25 ships and has achieved significant milestones, including double digit annual revenue and adjusted EPS growth; launching the first sailings to Cuba from an established North American cruise brand; and the successful introduction of new vessels for each of the Company’s three brands, including the company’s first ship customized and dedicated for the Chinese market. The Company also has firm orders for seven additional cruise ships to be delivered from 2018 through 2025.

Del Rio was previously chairman and CEO for Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company operating both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Del Rio founded Oceania Cruises in 2002, and in doing so, created a new “upper premium” segment of the cruise industry. Under his leadership the line has grown from a fledgling start-up with one 684-passenger ship to a dominant player in the upscale cruise market with 6 ships totaling 5300 berths, including the addition of two highly acclaimed 1,250-passenger sister ships, Marina and Riviera.

With Del Rio at the helm, Oceania Cruises quickly became widely recognized for offering the finest cuisine at sea, outstanding personalized service and award-winning itineraries all at an extraordinary value. Under Del Rio’s direction, Prestige Cruise Holdings acquired luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2008 from the Carlson Company and quickly completed a turnaround which positioned Regent Seven Seas Cruises as the market leader.

Del Rio, who was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States in 1961 at age 6, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, Marcia, have two children and four grandchildren and live in Coral Gables, Florida.


Robert J. Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Oceania Cruises.

Robert J. Binder was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises in September 2016. Binder is a co-founder of Oceania Cruises and served as the line’s President from 2007 to 2011 and prior to that was the Executive Vice President. Binder also serves as the Vice Chairman of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, a role he has held since 2011. During his previous tenure, Binder oversaw the global expansion of Oceania Cruises and played a leading role in the development of new culinary concepts, restaurants and dining experiences and the design of the line’s acclaimed Marina and Riviera.

Before launching Oceania Cruises, Binder was the President of Meadowoods Consulting which provided consulting services to the financial and travel services industries. From 1992 to 2001, he held several executive posts in the cruise industry. Binder also held senior management positions at JP Morgan Chase, where he was a Strategic Planning Officer, and at Renaissance Cruises, where he was Vice President of Sales. Binder earned Master’s degrees in both Finance and Marketing from Cornell University and did his undergraduate studies at Purdue University.


James A. Rodriguez, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Oceania Cruises.  

James A. Rodriguez leads the sales and marketing teams for Oceania Cruises. In this role, he is responsible for executing successful business strategies across all sales channels, as well as developing, directing and managing all marketing efforts and creative development of the brand. Rodriguez also leads an internal, external and onboard sales team responsible for consumer and trade strategic business development. 

Rodriguez joined Oceania Cruises in 2003 as a founding team member. He has been instrumental in the development of several key areas of the business, including eCommerce, Loyalty Marketing, Database Management, Onboard Sales, New Build Marketing and National/Key Accounts.  

Before joining Oceania Cruises, Rodriguez held key management positions with Ernst & Young, Navigant International and Crystal Cruises. He earned a degree in Business Administration and Public Relations from the University of St. Thomas and minored in both Theology and Sociology.


Harry Sommer, President International for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd.

Harry Sommer is President International for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. Sommer was appointed to this position in December 2018. In this role, Sommer is responsible for all sales, marketing, public relations and office operations for all three brands of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings for all markets outside the United States and Canada.

Sommer joined the company in 2000 and then rejoined in 2009 and has served in various executive positions within the company. Most recently, since June 2015, Sommer served as Executive Vice President, International Business Development for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. Earlier that same year, Sommer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. During 2013 and 2014, Sommer was the Chief Marketing Officer for Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. Prior to this, Sommer’s positions included Senior Vice President Finance, Chief Information Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, and Vice President Revenue Management and Relationship Marketing.

Between 2002 and 2008, Sommer was the co-founder and President of Luxury Cruise Center, a high-end travel agency specializing in selling premium and luxury cruise products. Prior to 2000, Sommer worked eight years at Renaissance Cruises in various marketing and finance roles. Sommer holds an MBA from Pace University and a BBA from Baruch College.