John McGirl

Chief Operations Officer

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Mr. John McGirl is Chief Operations Officer for The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht on earth. In this role he is responsible for developing and directing strategic business plans and initiatives for Operations (Food & Beverage, Housekeeping, The World Spa & Wellness Center, Enrichment, Front Office, Guest Services, Destination Services and Administration), Integrated Programming and Port Operations both on board the Ship and in the company’s corporate office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is also responsible for maximizing Resident & Guest satisfaction, achieving operational excellence in all areas and establishing policies and procedures to ensure best practices and efficiencies.

Mr. McGirl graduated from hospitality school in Ireland and began his training as a chef before transitioning into Food & Beverage and Guest Relations management roles at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland and on board the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2). He has over 20 years of experience working with luxury ships both on board and shoreside including playing an instrumental role in the launch of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. He has held executive level positions as Vice President of Human Resources & Quality Assurance where he was responsible for developing and implementing programs to deliver service excellence at both Cunard Line and The Yachts of Seabourn. Mr. McGirl also served as Vice President of Shipboard HR, for both Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises. This included being part of the operations team that developed the Oasis Class of vessels for Royal Caribbean and being part of its take-out leadership team.

Mr. McGirl has masters’ and doctorate degrees from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He has served as an adjunct professor at Florida International University, School of Hospitality Management, and as chair of the Educational Committee for the Marine Hotel Association Scholarship Foundation. He is currently President of the Marine Hotel Association. His pursuits outside of work include a love of food and wine with a keen interest in healthy eating, boating, water sports and running. Philanthropically, he has served on the board of the Covenant House of Florida, volunteered with the Fort Lauderdale shelter and has served on the food committee for Camillus House in Miami.

About The World

Launched in 2002, The World® is the largest privately owned, residential yacht on earth with 165 luxury Residences. A diverse group of Residents from 20 countries own the homes onboard and share interests in world cultures, history, and adventure, and exploring fascinating destinations. They circumnavigate the globe every two to three years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select. In-depth expeditions and one-of-a-kind experiences are complemented by world-class amenities and impeccable service. To learn more about this unique lifestyle, call +1 (954) 538-8449 or visit

Media Contacts: For additional information or to request images of The World, please contact:
Jayne Alexander, +44 (0)20 3709 7809,
Joanna Merredew, +44 (0)20 3709 7809,

November 2020