Santa Clarita, Calif. (PRWEB) January 30, 2012
After more than 27 years in the cruise industry, most of it representing Princess Cruises and Cunard Line to travel agents, Vice President of Sales Lee Robinson is setting sail into retirement at the end of March.
Robinson is a well-known figure throughout the industry, having passionately promoted cruising and cruisetours to travel agents since joining Princess in 1985. A familiar presence at conferences, trade shows and industry events, he has been a tireless supporter of travel agents. In addition to having traveled millions of air miles crisscrossing the country meeting with agents, he has overseen the North American sales force helping agents build their Princess and Cunard business.
“I met Lee 14 years ago when I was working as a consultant for Princess,” said Jan Swartz, executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service for Princess Cruises and Cunard Line. “We worked closely together on the creation of our new customer service center, which helped to achieve major growth goals for Princess, and I’ve continued to admire Lee’s optimistic attitude, his commitment to our company and his many professional relationships throughout the industry. While we’re very sorry to see Lee leave, we’re tremendously happy that he can realize his retirement dream to spend more time with his family, and we wish him much luck in this next exciting chapter of his life.”
First joining Princess Tours in Seattle as a special projects manager, he spent several years in sales and marketing for Tour Alaska and Royal Hyway Tours before becoming director of group sales for Princess Tours in 1988. In 1992 Robinson become western regional sales director for Princess Cruises, relocating to the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. The next year he was promoted to vice president of field sales and, when Princess moved its customer service center to Santa Clarita, California in 1997, Robinson assumed responsibility for the new operation as vice president of reservations and customer service.
In 2000 he left Princess to serve as vice president, sales for American Classic Voyages, and in 2002, moved to Cunard Line where he oversaw sales for the legendary line as well as for Seabourn. Robinson played a key role in the successful launch of Queen Mary 2 in 2004. His Cunard position brought him full circle as he returned to California later that year when the Cunard sales force was combined with Princess’.
Robinson began his career after earning degrees in business administration and hotel and restaurant administration at Washington State University. He subsequently joined Holland America Westours where he managed two of the company’s Alaska hotels.
“I’ve been extremely blessed to have had such a wonderful career in an amazing industry,” said Robinson. “And even better than getting to represent vacations that dreams and memories are made of, are the dedicated, professional people I’ve met throughout my career many of whom, I’m happy to say, have become lifelong friends.”
He and his wife, Catherine, are retiring to his native Washington, where he looks forward to fishing and gardening at his home in Port Ludlow on Puget Sound and spending time with his family.
About Princess Cruises:
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.3 million passengers each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from seven to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc.
For further information contact:
Julie Benson, jbenson(at)princesscruises(dot)com, 661-753-1530