Nepotism and Worker Firings Plague Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings


Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, dad or mum firm of NCL, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, terminated 9 p.c of its shoreside workforce earlier this week, based on the Miami Herald.  NCL didn’t clarify why it was essential to terminate almost a tenth of its workers, significantly in the course of the vacation season. In the meantime, NCLH promoted its CEO’s son to a profitable place (see under) as president of a NCLH model, Oceania Cruises.

NCL launched a conclusory and gobbledygook assertion that it took “a number of prudent actions throughout our enterprise to align with our strategic priorities.”

The Miami Herald referred to NCL’s SEC submitting which stated that “price minimization initiatives” to be able to obtain “sustained, worthwhile development” had been what prompted the layoffs.

Cruise Business Information stated NCLH has over 3,500 full-time shoreside workers (per its 2021 Environmental Report), that means layoffs may whole over 300 workers.

The Wealthy Get Richer

The Miami Herald identified that “Frank Del Rio, NCLH CEO (photograph above), has come below fireplace in recent times for his wage.” Reuters reported that there was “rising opposition” to CEO Del Rio’s excessive pay pay tied to “questionable practices.”

“Whereas the business was in disaster and shedding hundreds of staff in the course of the pandemic as the corporate misplaced as much as 150 million {dollars} a month, Del Rio made $36.4 million in 2020. He took in $22.6 million in 2021.”

CEO Del Rio (senior) is by far the best paid cruise government on the planet. Together with his compensation in 2015 of almost $31,000,000, he had earnings of over $129,000,000 for a 5 12 months interval, together with $22,590,000 in 2018, $17,808,000 in 2019, $36,400,000 in 2020 and $22,600,000 in 2021.

As Skift revealed, Del Rio’s exorbitant revenue is over 1,000 instances greater than the median wage at NCL of $19,319.

In 2021, the New York Instances included Del Rio (senior) in an article titled “C.E.O. Pay Stays Stratospheric, Even at Firms Battered by Pandemic” the place it wrote:

“Norwegian Cruise Line barely survived the 12 months. With the cruise business at a standstill, the corporate misplaced $4 billion and furloughed 20 p.c of its employees. That didn’t cease Norwegian from greater than doubling the pay of Frank Del Rio, its chief government, to $36.4 million.”

Like Father Like Son

Whereas NCL was unceremoniously terminated hundreds of its workers, it introduced that Del Rio’s son, 44-year-old Frank Del Rio Jr., was promoted to president of Oceania Cruises. To make means for Del Rio’s son, the present president of Oceania, Howard Sherman, shall be changed and can assume the place of what NCLH is asking a “particular advisor.”

Frank Jr.’s employment contract is hooked up and offers:

  • Base annual wage of  $500,000.00;
  • Incentive bonus;
  • Fairness award;
  • Retirement, Welfare and Fringe Advantages;
  • Medical Government Reimbursement Plan;
  • Money automobile allowance of $1,500.00 monthly / $18,000 per 12 months; and
  • Paid trip of 4 (4) weeks  per 12 months and “all different vacation and depart pay typically out there to different equally located executives of the Firm.”

Skift reported this summer time that Del Rio Sr.’s “automobile allowance alone was (a whopping) $27,600″ ($2,300 a month).”  The brand new cruise government Del  Rio (Junior) additionally stands to gather many hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in incentive bonuses and fairness awards along with his $500,000 wage.

NCL Jacks Up Its Service  Charges 

Earlier this month, we reported that NCL is drastically growing its service costs by an unprecedented 25% for many cabins, efficient January 1, 2023. NCL’s company staying in The Haven and different suites will face a $5 improve to a whopping whole of $25 per individual per day.

Del Rio senior has developed a status of being a grasping cruise tycoon who has gouged its clients earlier than, with additional greater costs, together with elevated room providers costs, automated gratuities, restaurant cowl costs, service charges for continental breakfast room service, and each different possible expense that clients may presumably be “nickeled and dimed” for.

Even the common cruise bloggers and cruise cheerleaders like The Factors Man (Gene Sloan) are calling NCL’s newest payment hike “unprecedented” and “enormously” excessive. Mr. Sloan writes:

“With the rise, a household of 4 staying in a collection can pay a cool $700 in service charges throughout a typical seven-night cruise — a stage by no means earlier than seen within the cruise enterprise.”

The favored @CruiseGuy (Stewart Chiron) tweeted “YIKES!” NCL “to additional hike cruise service costs to ranges by no means earlier than seen in cruising.”

The Crew Members Proceed to Get Screwed

A portion of the cash generated on NCL’s cruise ships by the elevated charges will go towards non-tip earners (like kitchen employees, cleaners, and many others.) to defray the wages that NCL pays. And a few of the charges described by cruise cheerleaders as “unprecedented” and “enormously” excessive charges will go towards NCL’s income and government salaries, as I defined in NCL Will increase Service Charges Once more – However Will NCL’s Crew Stay Underpaid Whereas CEO Del Rio Continues to be Paid an Common of $25,000,000 a 12 months?

Tis the Christmas Season (Bah Humbug?)

For lots of of fired NCL shoreside workers, it is going to be a bleak vacation season. However for the Del Rios, junior and senior, they will start to consider what luxurious automobiles to lease with their $3,800 a month (greater than $45,000 a 12 months) automobile allowances, which is a number of instances better than the imply NCL compensation of simply $19,319.

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Picture Credit score: Frank Del Rio (senior) – Mark Elias/Bloomberg by way of Getty Pictures and Storify.


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