Government Relations - Caribbean, Latin America & Asia
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Ltd.
Michael Ronan is Vice President of Government Relations, Caribbean, Latin America and Asia for Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. He has held this position since 2007,
He previously held the position of Regional Vice President of Government and Community Relations. In this capacity, he was Royal Caribbean’s chief liaison with destination governments and community organizations throughout the Western Caribbean, Central and South America.
Mr. Ronan was the company’s Associate Vice President of Destination Development from 1999-2004. In that role, he established and maintained strong relationships with the ports Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises visits, including those in Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.
He also directed Royal Caribbean’s Shore Excursion Programs and Destination Development. As such, he was responsible for developing relationships with private and public venues, and excursion vendors for more than 1,000 tours and excursions in more than 150 ports of call worldwide.
Mr. Ronan joined Royal Caribbean International in 1989 as Director of Port Planning, a newly created department within the company’s Hotel Operations department. His responsibilities included shore excursions, port agent selection, the berthing of ships worldwide and industry associations.
Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, he worked for Norwegian Cruise Line as Director of Cruise Programs. He also spent more than 12 years as an owner and manager of two tour and excursion companies that serviced major cruise lines visiting the Dominican Republic.
Today, he represents Royal Caribbean International in the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association as Chairman of the organization’s Operations Committee. He also is on the board of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Ronan earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Western Michigan University in 1970. Upon graduation, he joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic.