Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ managing director, Mike Rodwell, has announced that he is to retire at the end of August 2019.

Rodwell has worked across a number of the Fred Olsen businesses since he joined the group in 1987. 

He became MD of the cruise line in 2004.

Rodwell said: “I have worked in a number of varied roles and have seen the cruise lines enterprise grow from humble beginnings and with only one ship, to the hugely successful operation that it is now, with four ocean ships, our new river ship Brabant and a customer base that continues to expand, despite the market being more competitive than ever.

 “I would like to thank all of the many people whom, perhaps without even realising, have made my long career with Fred Olsen such an enjoyable one. I will look back at those 30 plus years with immense pride at all we have achieved together, and I know I will miss it.”

Chairman of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Fred. Olsen Jnr, said: “Mike has been an integral part of the success of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines for the last 30 years. 

“Having worked very closely with Mike over the years, I will miss his wise counsel and good humour. Everyone at Fred Olsen wishes him the very best for the next stage of his life.”

The company is now looking for a replacement.