Representatives of ports, tourist authorities, cruise lines and media gathered in Castellon, Spain, from 21-25 May for the 44th MedCruise General Assembly.
The biannual event covers matters of concern to cruise lines and ports and the open sessions kicked off on Thursday 22 May with a meeting discussing the implications of green port strategy.
Delegates focused on Costa Cruises’ Sustainable Ports initiative, which is underway in cooperation with the European Union. Delegates also heard from Silversea and Holland America Line planners. On Friday 23 May, representatives of Royal Caribbean International, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Costa Cruises discussed the current outlook and prospects for cruising in the Mediterranean, looking in particular at the possible implications for Mediterranean of political developments in the Black Sea and in other parts of Europe. Port costs and service delivery were also debated.
Pictured, left to right: Kay-Uwe Maross, senior manager, destination development, AIDA Cruises, Paul Reeves, senior manager, strategic planning, Carnival UK, Susanna Illiano, port area coordinator, Costa Cruises, and Simon Douwes, director, deployment and itinerary planning, Holland America Line.
To read a full roundup of the event, please visit the MedCruise website.