After 35 years with Carnival Corporation, Richard (Rick) Meadows will be retiring from Seabourn at the end of May. Meadows is currently president of Seabourn, leading all business and global operations for the luxury cruise line. He has held this position since 2011, when the company moved its headquarters to Seattle from Miami.
Between 2014 and 2016, Meadows also served in an additional leadership role as president of Cunard – North America, assuming operating responsibility for the Cunard brand throughout the North American continent. Prior to his appointment at Cunard, Meadows was in a dual-capacity role, serving as both president of Seabourn and executive vice president of marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line, where he had global revenue responsibility.
Among his previous roles, he was senior vice president of sales and marketing for Seabourn vice president of corporate marketing at Carnival Corporation and vice president of sales and marketing with Windstar Cruises, a former subsidiary of Holland America Line. He also served as director of sales for Carnival Cruise Lines, beginning his career with Carnival Corporation in 1985.
Meadows is a member of the board of directors for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in North America. In 2007, Meadows was appointed by former Washington Governor Christine Gregoire to the Washington State Tourism Commission and served until 2010; in 2017, he was named a Fellow by the Culinary Institute of America. He also currently serves on the board of directors for Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre.
Seabourn, the ultra-luxury brand in the Carnival Corporation family of brands, recently announced it was extending its pause in global cruise operations until mid-October through late November, depending on the ship.