Seabourn president Rick Meadows is to retire at the end of May, the line has announced.

Meadows has worked for Carnival Corporation for 35 years and has led Seabourn since 2011.

The line recently announced it was extending suspension of its operations until mid-October, with a phased reintroduction of ships planned until late November.

Meadows said: “I’ve had so many amazing opportunities throughout my career, passionately leading a number of global cruise brands as well as working with so many talented team members, travel advisors and other stakeholders around the world.

“It has been a true honour to help craft those lifetime memories and special moments for our guests, through the profound power of travel, which brings people and cultures together. I look forward to the day when we can once again welcome our guests back on board.”

Stein Kruse, group chief executive of the Holland America Group and Carnival UK, to whom Meadows reports: said: “Rick’s contributions to the cruise industry and his leadership in elevating Seabourn to the ultimate ultra-luxury cruise experience, bar none — are legendary. He will forever be part of our Carnival Corporation story and he has made us all better through his professionalism, authenticity and leadership.”