In Pursuit of Richard Twynham
Find out how Azamara Club Cruises’ Managing Director Richard Twynam took 70 flights in a year and still managed to find time for exercise, family and golf.
How did you end up working in the Cruise Industry and what was your first job?
I applied for a job in the Sunday Times to be Managing Director of Virgin Holidays Cruises in 2010, which somehow I got.
If you could have chosen anything else as a career what would it be?
A Professional Golfer.
What makes Azamara Club Cruises stand out from other cruises?
We have a single minded focus on destination first.
As Managing Director of Azamara Club Cruises, what is an average day in the life for you?
What I like is that there is no average day if you like. But most Tuesdays are made up of one to ones with the sales folks in the morning, followed by trading meeting at lunchtime, followed by various internal meetings in the afternoon. Then there will be events to attend every week.
I travel a lot in my role throughout the UK, Europe and to HQ in Miami, so am on a plane most weeks, I did over 70 flights for work last year which was exceptional.
What was your last holiday?
A week in Crete with my family in May, and staycation with the family in September.
Have you got your next holiday booked and what/where is it?
A long Christmas break to visit our family in California!
Your job role must require organisation, focus and a lot of energy. Do you have any lifestyle/ personal management tips you can give us?
Key things for me are balance and I’ve learned this year the power of fitness too, thanks to my wife who is a yoga teacher.
So we have a couple of simple rules.
No tech upstairs at home. No phones, no tv’s, no tablets. Bedtime is about switching off.
There is always time for exercise. We have 2 tiny children, so we have a trainer come to the house at 7am whilst the kids eat their breakfast!!
What are your hobbies?
Being a dad, golf when I can and keeping fit. We have a large garden so I love tinkering with that.
Name one or more things on your bucket list.
The Cook Islands and a drive across Canada.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking their first cruise?
It’s like any holiday, don’t over complicate it, keep it simple, choose your destination first, and then what type of cruise, and always use a travel professional that will sell you what is right for you.
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