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Cruise veteran Joerg Rudolph appointed president of Aroya Cruises 

Rudolph brings 30 years of experience, including 20 years in the global cruise sector
Former Costa Cruises MD Joerg Rudolph is the president of Aroya Cruises, bringing a wealth of experience to Cruise Saudi's first cruise line in Saudi Arabia. 

With 30 years’ experience, including 20 years in the global cruise sector, Rudolph will be responsible for delivering Aroya Cruises to market in 2024. 

He is tasked with overseeing operations and financials, encompassing sales, marketing, guest experience, itinerary planning, revenue management, customer-oriented services, and developing and implementing strategies to grow the business. 


Cruise Saudi CEO Lars Clasen said, ‘Saudi has grown rapidly as a business over the last few years and Joerg Rudolph’s appointment as president of Aroya Cruises is a milestone in the company’s journey to providing a unique offering delivered to an exceptional standard. I look forward to working with Joerg as we work towards the milestone launch of Aroya Cruises.’ 

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Joining from Costa, Rudolph previously worked at a senior level for TUI, AIDA Cruises, Carnival and Royal Caribbean International. ‘I am delighted to be joining Cruise Saudi as president of Aroya Cruises at such a significant time in the business,’ he remarked. ‘To be part of delivering such a unique and innovative product catering specifically for a new source market is an incredible opportunity.’ 

Aroya Cruises, initially aimed at Saudi nationals, expatriates and regional guests, was first announced in June 2023.

Cruise Saudi aims to welcome more than 1.3m cruise passengers to the country annually by 2035.