Princess Cruise Lines is one of Carnival Cruise Corporations most successful brands. It is also home to hundreds of staff, crewmembers, and corporate employees as well as a select group of Princess Cruise Line’s executives. One such executive is CEO of P&O Princess Cruises Ltd., Peter G. Ratcliffe.
Peter G. Ratcliffe was born in Manchester, England in 1948. This Princess Cruise Lines executive worked for the London accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand, after graduating from Cambridge University with a BA in Economics and Mathematics in 1969. Prior to Princess, worked with P&O Containers Limited in London and Sydney, where he became group financial controller. Ratcliffe became a Princess Cruise Lines executive in 1986 when he was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He was appointed Senior Vice President of customer services, and then Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 1989.
Peter G. Ratcliffe served as the chairman of the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) in 1997 and 1998 and he was appointed head of P&O’s cruise division in February 2000. Following a demerger from P&O later that year to form an independent public company called P&O Princess Cruises plc, Ratcliffe was named Chief Executive Officer of the new company, which was the world’s third largest cruise operator at the time. In April 2003, following a merger of that company into Carnival Corporation, Mr. Ratcliffe was named one of four Executive Directors of Carnival Corporation & plc. Carnival Corporation & plc was already the largest cruise vacation company in the world with a portfolio of 13 distinct brands comprised of the leading cruise operators in both Europe and North America.
Today, Peter G. Ratcliffe, Princess Cruise Lines top executive, is responsible for Los Angeles-based Princess Cruises and Seattle-based Princess Tours, along with all of Carnival’s U.K.-oriented brands including Cunard Line Ltd. (which includes Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line), P&O Cruises, Ocean Village, and Swan Hellenic. He also oversees the P&O Cruises Australia brand. Mr. Ratcliffe resides in a suburb of Los Angeles with his wife Alison.
Peter G. Ratcliffe’s full profile can be found online with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 11 member cruise lines operating more than 100 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean, and Latin American waters.
The FCCA’s member cruise lines include: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Cunard Line Ltd., Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises (USA) Inc., Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International. The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association was established in 1972.