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Royal Caribbean lays off half its office in France

11 Oct 2012

A year and a half after Royal Caribbean opened an office in France, the company has decided to get rid of twenty of its 38 positions.

Royal Caribbean has decided to downsize the office, opting to have the financial services and reservations shared with the Royal Caribbean office in Spain.  The commercial and communication department will remain in Paris but rely on guidance from the Spanish office.

Spain's Royal Caribbean office opened in 2006 and shown double-digit growth in the number of customers every year, except for 2012.

In early 2011 Royal Caribbean decided to re-open an office in France, after it left the country 10 years earlier.  The economic crisis and the impact of the Costa Concordia disaster have all contributed to lowered expectations.  Royal Caribbean was hoping the office would help bring about 40,000 to 45,000 French passengers in the first year but that number ended up being 32,000.