peter whelpton | whelpton consulting
peter whelpton | whelpton consulting

Peter Whelpton | Whelpton Consulting
cruise line industry consultant | miami | international

peter whelpton | whelpton consulting
peter whelpton | cruis lines industry consultant

Career Achievements

While at Royal Caribbean International, I won every major industry award given for Hotel Service excellence.


  • Co-founded (management side) Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
  • Developed and operated an award winning shipboard hotel with 15 cruise vessels, a $116 million annual operation plan and $206 million in shipboard revenue from 17 profit centers. Managed nine direct reports, 150 shore-based employees and 11,000 ship-board employees.
  • Successfully negotiated the purchase of a private island (Labadee) near Haiti, transformed it to a vacation destination and operated it for Royal Caribbean International for 20 years.
  • Redeveloped Coco Cay, a private island in the Bahamas, and operated it for 10 years.
  • Served as lead lobbyist for the cruise industry on the Florida sales tax issue, successfully achieving an amendment to Florida Statute Chapter 312 that exempted the cruise industry from Florida sales tax.
  • Successfully lobbied to adjust Florida Statute Chapters 80 to 100 regarding the issue of taxing the cruise industry on the sale of alcoholic beverages while in Florida ports.
  • Founded the Florida Association of Marine Industries, the first lobbying organization for the cruise and cargo industry.
  • Served five years, two years as Vice Chair, on the State Board of Pilot Commissioners, Department of Professional Regulation, which regulated 103 harbor pilots at 13 ports throughout the State of Florida.
  • Successfully lobbied Miami-Dade County Commissioners to permit Royal Caribbean International to build a new cruise terminal at the Port of Miami.
  • Co-developed the Liev Ericksen Seaman’s Center on the Port of Miami.
  • Member of the New Building and Design Committee, which participated in the design of 18 R.C.I. ships through the Explorer of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas.
  • Former Real Estate Agent, licensed in the State of Florida.
  • Set up four complete restaurants, seven bars, three wine cellars & a beverage operation for Celebration Cruise Line


  • Children’s Cancer Caring Center and Transplant Foundation of South Florida: For generous sponsorship of “FUSION the GALA”
  • Transplant Foundation of South Florida: In recognition of outstanding support
  • Dadeland Mall Education Gala
  • Children’s Cancer Caring Center: “Caring Key";
  • In appreciation for support in launching the organization
  • Dadeland Mall: In appreciation for outstanding support and contributions for “Ganate un Sueño"
  • U.S. Air Force, Homestead Air Force Base: In appreciation for outstanding support of the 31st Tactical and Fighter Wing; In recognition of support for the 42nd Air Force Ball
  • Secretary of State George Firestone: Meritorious Service Award/South Florida
  • The Deed Club/Children’s Cancer Clinic: For being a most cherished “Life Giver"
  • The Banker’s Club: In appreciation for service as former Chairman, Board of Governors
  • Dade County Public Schools Inner City Marine Project: In recognition of support for public education
  • The Propeller Club International Seaman’s Park: In recognition of outstanding service as a Member, Board of Directors
  • Florida Caribbean Cruise Association: In recognition of outstanding contributions to the cruise ship industry as first Chairman of the Association Legislative Committee


  • Westminster Christian School: Member, Architectural and Planning Committee
  • United Way Campaign/Miami Maritime Industry: Former Chairman, (Generated $1 million in charity funding.)
  • Northwest Cruise Ship Association: Former Chairman of the Board
  • Miami Inner City Marine Project (MAST Academy): Chairman of the Founder’s Board; Chairman of the Fundraising Committee
  • Cuban American National Foundation: Former Blue Ribbon Commission Member
  • Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of South Florida
  • Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine: Master Mariner
  • Chaine Des Rotisseurs: Maitre De Table Restauranteur
  • Biscayne Bay Pilots Association: Honorary Pilot
  • The Bankers Club: Chairman, Board of Governors; Vice Chairman, Board of Governors; Member, Board of Governors
  • Florida Caribbean Cruise Association: Member, Executive Committee; First Chairman, Legislative Committee
  • International Committee of Passenger Lines: Member, Executive Committee
  • Propeller Club of the United States
  • Propeller Club International Seaman’s Park, Miami: Vice Chairman
  • Florida Association of Marine Industries, Inc.: Founder/President; Vice President; President Emeritus
  • State Board of Pilot Commissioners: Commissioner; Vice Chairman

Mr. Whelpton has traveled extensively and is very knowledgeable about cruise ship ports, terminals, destinations and out islands in the following locations:

  • United States
  • Caribbean
  • Canada
  • Alaska
  • Mexico
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Cuba
  • South & Central America
  • Baltic
  • Scandinavia
  • Russia
  • Middle East
  • Mediterranean

peter whelpton | whelpton consulting
peter whelpton | whelpton consulting

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Cruise Line, which operated the M/V Nili on three- and four-day cruises out of Miami, as General Manager.
In 1969, I joined Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, a new line created especially for the Caribbean market, and for the next 30 years held the following executive positions: Hotel Operations Manager; Vice President, Hotel Operations; and Executive Vice President. In the latter position, I managed the entire company, reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer. For the last six years, I held the position of Executive Vice President, Hotel Operations, and was a member of the companyís Executive Committee.
I served as Chairman of the Northwest Cruise Ship Association, representing all the cruise lines located in the Pacific Northwest and the west coast of the United States. I am a former commissioner and vice chairman of the Florida State Board of Pilot Commissioners, President Emeritus of the Florida Association of Marine Industries, a director of the Propeller Clubís International Seamanís Park, a member of the International Committee of Passenger Lines, a member and former chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, a member and former chairman of the Founderís Board of the MAST Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Restaurant Sciences. I hold the rank of Maitre Hotelier with the Chaine Des Rotissuers Culinary Society and am an advisor to the Cuban American National Foundationís Board of Governors as well as being a member of the Foundationís Blue Ribbon Committee for the Reconstruction of Cuba. I am also a Master Knight in The Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vice and a member of the culinary society Les Amis díEscoffier. Additionally, I am now a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Florida.
Upon leaving Royal Caribbean in 1999, I formed Whelpton Consulting, a company specializing in passenger cruise ship management, destination development and seaport development. Please see Clients and Projects for a list of the companyís clients and the projects in which the company has participated.