Seasoned travel and hospitality executive Michael Bayley was promoted to President & CEO of Celebrity Cruises - the cruise line whose iconic 'X' is the mark of modern luxury - effective August 13, 2012.
Prior to taking the helm of Celebrity Cruises, Bayley's career with the brand’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCCL), spanned 30 years. In his former role as Executive Vice President of Operations for Royal Caribbean International, Bayley oversaw Hotel Operations for Royal Caribbean International; Marine Operations for Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises; Land Operations for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises, and Commercial Development for RCCL.
Previously, Bayley led the highly successful four-year global expansion of RCCL, and established 11 regional offices around the world, which now generate more than 50 percent of the corporation's total revenue.
Bayley began his career with the company in 1981, working in a variety of progressive shipboard and shoreside roles. He also previously served as Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations, and Chairman and Managing Director of Island Cruises plc.
A native of the United Kingdom, Bayley graduated from the University of Bournemouth in England, and has attended management programs at Harvard Business School and Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He also serves on the shareholder committee of TUI Cruises.
Bayley has two children and lives in Miami, Florida.