Archive for the ‘Event / Convention / Exhibition’ Category

51st MedCruise General Assembly concludes successfully in Toulon

Friday, October 20th, 2017

More than 170 cruise industry professionals and port executives gathered in Toulon last week, to discuss the latest developments in the sector and also the implications and prospects of cruising in the Med and its adjoining seas.

Michael Bayley to Keynote Cruises Inc., CruiseOne, Dream Vacations Conference

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations, which are part of World Travel Holdings, have announced their lineup of speakers for their 2017 National Conference aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Harmony of the Seas. (

Mérida, Mexico Targets $7 Million Boost by Hosting the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

For more than 20 years, destinations have increased their cruise tourism benefits by hosting the annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest cruise conference and trade show in the Caribbean and Latin America. (more…)

Passenger Ship Safety Miami Announces First Speakers

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Passenger Ship Safety Miami has announced its first set of speakers for its upcoming 2018 conference, set for January 30-31. It returns for it second edition as the only conference dedicated to pursuing higher standards in passenger safety, according to a statement. (

51st MedCruise General Assembly held in Toulon elected Mr. Airam Díaz Pastor new President of the Association

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

From L-R: Nicky Guerrero, Teodor Patrichi, Maria Cano Olmos, Cherifa Ben Salem, Airam Diaz Pastor, Valeria Mangiarotti, Cristina De Gregori, Theodora Riga, Aris Batsoulis, Thrasos Stavridopoulos, Figen Ayan, Laura Cimaglia

The 51st MedCruise General Assembly that was held in Toulon in France elected Mr. Airam Díaz Pastor, Commercial Director of Ports of Tenerife as the new President of the Association representing ports and stakeholders related to the cruise business in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas. (more…)

Cruise Planners Introduces New Alexa AI Program at Convention

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

At this year’s Cruise Planners convention in Cancun, Mexico, the organization announced a new artificial intelligence program that includes the development of two Alexa Skills compatible with Amazon devices, billed as the first artificial intelligence program for home-based travel agents. (

Caribbean Is Open for Business, Say FCCA and Cruise Executives

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

“The Caribbean is open for business,” was the prime message that Michele Paige, president of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), wanted to get across to reporters on a press conference call Monday morning. (

Media Conference Call: Caribbean Is Open for Business

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Below is a link to a recording of a media conference call held Monday, October 16, at 11:00 a.m. EST, during which Arnold Donald (Chair, CLIA and CEO, Carnival Corporation), Adam Goldstein (Chair, FCCA and President and COO, Royal Caribbean) and Michele Paige (President, FCCA) provided an overview of how the vast majority of Caribbean is unaffected by recent storms and open for business, which was followed by a Q&A with the media. (more…)

AECO’s Arctic Cruise Conference examines growth, challenges and opportunities

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Glaciers, ice-filled waters and polar bears are some of the sights that draw tourists to the Arctic. (Photo: Frigg Jørgensen, AECO)

Arctic expedition cruising is more popular than ever. New vessels, technology, operators and customer groups will shape the sector’s development in the years to come. This week, major operators and other stakeholders gather in Oslo to discuss how the industry should manage growth. (more…)

China Cruise Shipping VIP Guests Announced

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The upcoming China Cruise Shipping event in Sanya, China, will feature a star-studded list of VIPs, according to a statement released by the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association, the show’s organizer. (

51st MedCruise General Assembly defines Mediterranean’s place in global cruise tourism

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Hosted by the French port city of Toulon, MedCruise celebrated its 51st General Assembly during 11-14 October. The focus of this gathering was steadfastly on defining Mediterranean’s place in the context of today’s global cruise tourism and – under the new presidency of Airam Diaz, Commercial Director of Tenerife Ports – preparing it for the challenges of tomorrow. (

The Nautical Institute’s London Branch hears about cruise ship challenges

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

The operational challenges of cruise ships and passenger liners were discussed in a seminar organised by The Nautical Institute’s London Branch on 5 June. (more…)

MedCruise members to meet on board for the 5th edition of the PDC

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The Celestyal Olympia (Courtesy of Celestyal Cruises)The 5th edition of MedCruise Professional Development Course (PDC) will be held 27-30 October 2017, on board Celestyal Olympia in a thee days cruise from Piraeus to Mykonos-Kusadasi-Patmos-Heraklion-Santorini.

Viking Planning World’s First Liquid Hydrogen-Powered Cruise S

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The Viking Sea in Venice (Courtesy Viking Ocean Cruises)Viking Cruises has revealed that it is developing what could become the world’s first cruise powered by liquid hydrogen. The company announced the plan Friday at the Safety at Sea Conference held in Haugesund, Norway. The proposed hydrogen-powered cruise ship will be built based on existing cruise ship designs, such as the Viking Sun. (

Star Cruises Honoured with Best Itinerary Award for SuperStar Virgo’s “Golden Sea Route”

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Star Cruises was honoured with the Best Itinerary Award during the Shanghai Cruise Tourism Festival organized by the Shanghai Baoshan Government on 23 September 2017. (more…)

Coast Guard Foundation Honors Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

During the Coast Guard Foundation’s Pacific Northwest Awards in Seattle Sept. 13, 2017, Stein Kruse, Group Chief Executive Officer Holland America Group and Carnival U.K., was recognized for his commitment to the organization. (more…)

Carnival Corporation Debuts PlayOcean Mobile and Interactive Games

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Carnival Corporation announced the debut of PlayOcean, a portfolio of original mobile games and in-person interactive experiences that expands gaming into new categories by providing the opportunity to play anytime, anywhere, for cruise guests and consumers alike. (more…)

IAATO and Argentine authorities step up collaborative efforts to promote responsible tourism

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Improvements to Ushuaia Port services and future collaboration between the Antarctic cruise industry and the Argentinian government were discussed last week at a meeting organized by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Fuegian Institute of Tourism (In.Fue.Tur). (more…)

Australian Cruise Association appoints new Chair

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Grant Gilfillan, CEO of the Port Authority of NSW, was appointed Chair of the Australian Cruise Association at their AGM. The meeting followed the Association’s annual conference which was held in Mooloolaba. (

MedCruise ports to work with airports and cruise lines to create robust cruise supply chain

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

MedCruise port member Barcelona plays a leading role in advancing discussions on how to best link aviation and cruising, during the BCN World Route event to be held in Barcelona 23-26 September. (more…)

AECO and IAATO Set for Joint Conference

Monday, September 18th, 2017

More than 90 representatives from the Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruise industry will gather in Iceland for the second AECO/IAATO Polar Field Staff Conference, October 1-4, according to a statement. (

Leaders of Cruise Lines International Association Meet With Mayor of Dubrovnik to Discuss State of the Tourism Industry

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

MSC Magnifica at DubrovnikThe Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and his associates met with the management team of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) along with high-level representatives of the world’s leading cruise lines on Thursday in Hamburg, to discuss the current state of the tourism industry within Dubrovnik.

UK. Yorkshire Cruise Show Returns to Ilkley

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Following last year’s success, the Yorkshire Cruise Show is returning to Ilkley on 26 September 2017. The eagerly anticipated 2017 Yorkshire Cruise Show will take place at Ilkley’s beautiful Winter Garden, conveniently located opposite the train station. (more…)

Dream Cruises To Set A New World Record For World Dream

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Dream Cruises is making a big splash in the market ahead of the much-awaited arrival of World Dream with a grand kick-off celebration showcasing all the new fun experiences that await guests, and getting everyone to take part in breaking a world record. (more…)

MedCruise ports become the centre of attention @ Seatrade Cruise Europe 2017

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

MedCruise was dynamically present at the 2017 edition of Seatrade Europe Cruise & River Cruise Convention, held 6-8 September 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. The Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports was present at the event with its own stand, actively promoting cruise activities in the Med and beyond. (more…)

Broome to host Australian Cruise Association Conference in 2018

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

The Australian Cruise Association (ACA) will hold its annual conference and AGM in Broome in September 2018, reinforcing the region’s enormous potential in the further growth of the West Australian and Top End cruise itineraries. (

CLIA Australasia’s Masters Conference to cruise on Genting Dream

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

The Genting Dream  (Courtesy Meyer Werft)This Saturday, 29 travel agents from across Australia and New Zealand will set sail on Dream Cruises Genting Dream for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia’s 2017 Masters Conference. (more…)

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Karl J. Pojer named Seatrade European Cruise Personality of the Year

Monday, September 11th, 2017

On September 6, Karl J. Pojer , Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, was named Seatrade European Cruise Personality of the Year. The accolade was announced at the Seatrade Cruise Awards 2017 ceremony held in Hamburg, Germany on the occasion of Seatrade Europe 2017. (more…)

Hamburg Cruise Days 2017: spectacular parade of cruise liner

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Following a slightly rainy start to the event on Friday, the weather picked up on the second day of the Hamburg Cruise Days 2017 – attracting the usual number of visitors to the Port of Hamburg and making the Cruise Days again to the cruise industry’s largest public event worldwide. (more…)

Cruise ships could boycott Britain after Brexit, warns Maritime UK boss ahead of London Shipping Week

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Cruise ships could boycott Brexit Britain if tough new immigration rules are slapped on passengers, an industry chief warned today (7 Sep.). A delegation of shipping bosses will press Theresa May to ease fears of “strait- jacket” restrictions on migration as the UK quits the EU. (

Brexit – business as usual for cruise industry

Friday, September 8th, 2017

On the second day of Seatrade Cruise and River Cruise Convention – currently underway in Hamburg, Germany – the topic of Brexit came under scrutiny. (

Three awards for AIDA

Friday, September 8th, 2017

The AIDAPrima at Hamburg  (Courtesy AIDA Cruises)On September 5, 2017, AIDA Cruises received the “German Cruise Line Award” three times at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, the leading exhibition for the cruise industry. AIDA won in the categories Environmental Commitment and Favorite Ship. The award presented by the port association Atlantic Alliance also went to AIDA Cruises for its year-round operation of AIDAprima in the Atlantic west-coast region.