Richard Fain, CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, the parent to International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises and co-owner of TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, stepped down at midnight on Monday after three decades in the role.

“I really feel like the stars were aligned, this was a good time to do it,” Fain told USA TODAY in a Dec. 15 interview. “I had a great person to take over as his successor, and a great management team that would keep the business doing well. So, (it) just felt right.”

Fain led the company for 33 years, including through the COVID-19 pandemic that for more than a year and has prompted the against cruise travel as 2022 kicks off.