Seatrade Cruise Global

8-11 April; Miami Beach, Florida, US

Seatrade Cruise Global
Seatrade Cruise Global brings together more than 700 exhibitors and 11,000 attendees (Image: UBM)

Now in its 35th year, Seatrade Cruise Global is the world’s biggest global cruise event, welcoming more than 11,000 attendees and 700 exhibitors from 113 different countries. The four-day conference and three-day exhibition unites the entire cruise world under one roof to exchange ideas, innovations and services.

Throughout its history, Seatrade Cruise Global has maintained one constant goal: to bring the community together to highlight the latest cruise trends, news and innovations, while fostering a positive impact on a global stage. Each year, the educational programming at Seatrade Cruise Global is curated to offer valuable insights into the industry and the 2019 edition will be no exception.

Returning to the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida, US from 8-11 April, this year’s event will feature educational sessions, networking opportunities and interactive experiences. Each one will offer thought leadership from the industry’s biggest names.

Presented in partnership with the Cruise Lines International Association and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, the State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote kicks off the 2019 conference programme. This year features a conversation with Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary general of the UN World Tourism Organization, which will cover the future of cruising and travel and will be moderated by Adam Goldstein, chairman of CLIA Global and vice chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The keynote panel, moderated by BBC World News’ Lucy Hockings, brings together the chief executives of the world’s largest cruise companies as they tackle questions pertaining to emerging markets, sustainable tourism and environmental initiatives, as well as the latest trends in onboard innovations and guest experience. The 2019 panel features Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.; Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corporation; Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; and Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises.

This will be followed by over 50 hours of educational programming, found in both conference sessions and free show floor theatres. Highlights will include how cruise lines can attract the consumer of tomorrow, how they can enter a new era of luxury cruising by delivering curated experiences, sustainable tourism, and a session on the ‘age of design and cruising’.

The trade show floor will showcase more than 700 exhibitors, organised into eight ‘neighbourhoods’ to foster a sense of community within each sector. The neighborhoods are Design and Ship Interiors; Entertainment; Environmental and Health; Hotel Operations and Concessions; Information Technology; Ports and Destinations; Safety and Security; and Ship Equipment and Shipbuilding.

New show floor features for 2019 will include The Design Lounge, which will be produced in partnership with Petra Ryberg, head of Design at Carnival Australia. Guests will also be able to learn about the newsest hotel operations and concessions trends during live cooking demos and interactive presentations in The Promenade. Meanwhile, The Safety and Sustainability Theatre will enable delegates to discover the latest in cyber, port and tour security systems, as well as biometrics, access control, monitoring and life-saving technologies. Finally, The Cruising Innovations Theatre will serve as a stage for industry influencers to elaborate on the innovations that are setting modern cruise lines apart.

Register to attend Seatrade Cruise Global 2019 and use promo code ICF10 to receive a 10% discount on your pass.

Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
31 January 2019