Executives from 20 Cruise Lines Confirmed for Key CLIA Events

  • Early bird rate for 'Port & Destination Summit' ends on August 6
  • Plus, last remaining cabins for 'Summit at Sea' event available

July 30, 2018- Executives from 20 cruise lines have already confirmed for two key Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) events this autumn; the Port & Destination Summit, in Lisbon on September 17 and 18, and Summit at Sea, held onboard Royal Caribbean International's Symphony of the Seas SM from October 11 to 14.

There are key decision-makers from four cruise lines attending the Port & Destination Summit for the first time, including the yet-to-launch Virgin Voyages, plus Azamara Club Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and Windstar Cruises.

During the opening general session at the Port & Destination Summit, there will be a speaker from outside the industry. David Beckett, an international pitch coach, will be taking to the stage with a keynote 'Pitch Perfect: Great Ideas Need A Voice – and a Great Pitch!'. This will be followed by a question and answer session with cruise line executives in which they'll explain what they look for when potential partners are pitching to them.

Bo Larsen, CLIA's senior vice-president, strategic partnerships, said: "I am delighted that we have an incredibly diverse range of cruise lines attending both these events, from all sectors of the cruise industry. I look forward to welcoming all our participants and continuing to strengthen the global cruise industry."

"Both the Summit at Sea and Port & Destination Summit offer unrivalled opportunities to connect with key industry players from various segments of our community and maximizes the impact of the invaluable knowledge our speakers and attendees possess."

The Port & Destination Summit, a unique platform for networking and growth for the port and destination community, takes place in Lisbon on September 17 and 18, prior to Seatrade Cruise Med, the largest cruise industry gathering in Europe. More than 45 cruise line executives are expected to participate in interactive sessions on a range of topics, including itinerary planning, port operations, and shore excursions.

Larsen added: "We featured a two-hour workshop with pitch coach David Beckett at the Executive Partner Conference in London earlier this year, which was very highly rated by participants. As a result, we are expanding David's presence and are delighted to welcome him to the Port & Destination Summit in Lisbon."

"The Port & Destination Summit is a diverse and productive platform for CLIA Executive Partners and Cruise Lines to discuss innovative changes and the future of the cruise industry," said Grant Holmes, global vice-president cruise solutions of Inchcape Shipping Services, one of the event's moderators. "I look forward to moderating an innovative and engaging session of interest for the Port and Destination Summit attendees."

Summit at Sea will take place from October 11 to 14 2018, onboard the largest ship in the world, Royal Caribbean International's Symphony of the Seas SM. More than half the cabins sold in the first 10 days after going on sale, however there are still a few available to be booked.

Adam Goldstein, deputy chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Stuart Leven, vice president, EMEA, and managing director of RCL Cruises Ltd., will host this year's event, bringing together key decision makers and subject matter experts.

The four-day summit is a unique and immersive educational experience in an informal business environment, comprising engaging discussions on issues of importance to our industry, complemented by port visits and opportunities to network with industry colleagues.

For more information about the Port & Destination Summit and Summit at Sea, please contact Natalie Hall-Gearing at nhallgearing@cruising.org or on +44 (0)20 3903 5455.


For more media information contact:
Louise Prior, CLIA director, public relations
lprior@cruising.org +44 7786 227572




Confirmed cruise line attendees so far at the 2018 Summit at Sea include:

Royal Caribbean International
Yvonne Geworsky, Manager, Purchasing
Adam Goldstein, Deputy Chairman
Stuart Leven, Vice President, EMEA & Managing Director of RCL Cruises Ltd
Roberta Jacoby, Managing Director, Global Tour Operations
Denise Key-Tielebein, Senior Manager, Newbuild Program
Marc Miller, Director, Global Deployment & Itinerary Planning Strategy
Ukko Metsola, Vice President, Government Relations, Europe & APAC
Nick Rose, Director, Environmental Programs
Adam Sharp, Project Manager, Port Operations
John Tercek, Vice President, Commercial Development

Carnival Corporation & plc.
Giora Israel, Senior Vice President, Global Port and Destination Development
Tom Strang, Senior Vice President Maritime Affairs

Disney Cruise Lines
Arnaldo Zanonato, Senior Manager, Port Adventures

Grupo Pullmantur
Richard J. Vogel, President & CEO

MSC Cruises
Bud Darr, Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs

Silversea Cruises
Elisabetta De Nardo, Vice President, Port and Destination

For the full Summit at Sea brochure please click here: https://adobe.ly/2JXwshH 


Cruise lines attending the Port & Destination Summit:
AIDA Cruises
Azamara Club Cruises
Carnival Corp. & plc
Carnival Maritime GmbH
Carnival UK
Celestyal Cruises
Costa Crociere S.p.A.
Disney Cruise Line
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Grupo Pullmantur
Holland America Group
Marella Cruises
MSC Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Seadream Yacht Club
Silversea Cruises
TUI Cruises
Virgin Voyages
Windstar Cruises

Full list of confirmed cruise line attendees for the 2018 Port and Destination Summit can be viewed here: https://adobe.ly/2IRiMrI 

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world's largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 25 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promoting the cruise travel experience. The CLIA Community is comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization's mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.


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