Stein Kruse is group Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group and Carnival UK, divisions of Carnival Corporation & plc. Holland America Group includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, as well as Holland America-Princess Alaska land operations. Kruse also is chairman of the board of MANCO, a U.K.-based entity that oversees the operations of Carnival Australia, including P&O Cruises Australia. Carnival UK encompasses the UK-based brands of Cunard Line and P&O Cruises.
Princess Cruises is the third-largest cruise line in the world, carrying approximately 1.4 million guests each year to top destinations around the globe on 17 vessels. A new 3,560 passenger Royal-class ship, Sky Princess, is scheduled to deliver in spring 2019. A fifth Royal-class ship is also currently under construction and will debut in 2020.
Holland America Line operates a fleet of 14 premium vessels carrying approximately 800,000 guests on more than 500 cruises annually to all seven continents. Two new 2,666-passenger Pinnacle-class ships are on order; ms Nieuw Statendam will deliver November 2018 and another will deliver in fall,2021.
Holland America-Princess Land Operations & Customer Service operates hotels, rail services, motor coach transportation, shore services and tour operations in Alaska and the Yukon for guests on Holland America Line and Princess Cruises land tours.
Seabourn’s four intimate, all-suite luxury vessels carry between 458 and 600 guests and sails to more than 300 destinations worldwide. A new 600-guest ship, Seabourn Ovation, is under construction and will deliver at the end of April 2018.
P&O Cruises Australia has five ships sailing from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, to destinations across the Australasia region.
Cunard Line was founded in 1840 and is globally renowned as operating the most famous ocean liners in the world. Recipient of the coveted Travel + Leisure 2016 World's Best Award, the line operates three premium/luxury ships to destinations in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, New England and Canada, as well as iconic transatlantic voyages on Queen Mary 2.
P&O Cruises (UK), which began operations back in 1837, is the leading and most recognized cruise brand in the UK. P&O Cruises (UK) operates a fleet of eight premium ships and has one 5,190-passenger capacity newbuild scheduled to be delivered in 2020. P&O Cruises (UK)’s ships visit more than 200 destinations worldwide.
Kruse joined Holland America Line in Seattle, Wash., in 1999 as senior vice president, Fleet Operations, with overall responsibility for operations and newbuilds. In 2003 he was named president and chief operating officer and became chief executive officer on Dec. 1, 2004. In January 2011 he was appointed chairman of Seabourn when the company’s corporate headquarters transitioned from Miami, Fla., to Seattle. He was appointed CEO of the newly formed Holland America Group on Dec. 1, 2013, and became Group CEO for Holland America Group and Carnival UK on March 27, 2017.
Before joining Holland America Line, Kruse was senior vice president and chief financial officer of North American Operations for global Japanese shipping company "K" Line, where he also oversaw financial activities of seven U.S. subsidiaries and served on the Board of Directors. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, and president and CEO of Seven Seas Cruise Line.
Kruse currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation; World Trade Center Seattle; Saltchuk Resources, Inc.; and the University of Washington Foster School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.
A native of Oslo, Norway, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Kruse, his wife and two children reside in Bellevue, Wash.