Richard J. Vogel

CEO International Cruise Summit • Cruises News Media Group

Industry Consultant and former Cruise Line CEO
Richard J. Vogel’s professional career is strongly linked to the tourism industry, in particular cruises. Consequently, he has a perfect knowledge of both the features of the sector and its major players.
From July 2016 to May 2021, he was President and CEO of Pullmantur Cruceros. During this time, he successfully redefined the company's profile and brand, making Pullmantur Cruceros an important player in the Spanish and Latin American markets.
Previously he worked for the TUI Croup , where he was instrumental in the establishment of TUI Cruises – a joint venture between TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. From its founding in 2008 until the end of 2014, he was responsible for TUI Cruises as its Chairman & CEO and under his leadership it became a prominent company within the cruise sector in Europe.
Prior to joining TUI, Vogel was responsible at Deutsche Seereederei for building up, orientation and distribution of the brand AIDA. In 9 years at AIDA Cruises as MD and SVP Marketing & Sales, he played a significant role in developing and establishing the brand.
From May 2016 to March 2018, he served as a Non Executive Director for Saga Cruises, underlining once again his extensive expertise in the cruise sector.
As a proven expert, Richard J. Vogel advises companies within the cruise industry as well as investors.In 2014 he was awarded by the German Travel Industry Club for “Travel Industry Manager of the Year” and “Hamburg Cruise manager of the year”. He was also Chairman of the Shipping Committee of the German Travel Agents and Tour Operators Association from 1998 to 2004 and from 2012 to 2014.