Bob Dickinson, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, has informed Carnival that he will retire at the end of the year.
I don't know how many of you even know who he is, but he has a couple of books out - one of which was just released and mentions CruiseMates.
He is one of my "heroes" if you will, an inspiration in any case as someone who has the ability to look at this industry with a clear eye and plenty of humor.
He was instrumental in making cruising what it is today, in so many ways, some of which some of you may or may not find appealing.
He is a businessman first, and whether you like the Carnival formula or not, he clearly contributed in making it the most successful cruise line in the business.
Bob is credited with coming up with the "Fun Ship" concept - that cruising is for everyone and that it is not a stuffy, formal affair. At the time, that was a novel idea.