Indispensable Insights from Cruising Powerhouses

As the world's largest cruising event, it goes without saying that Seatrade Cruise Global attracts the biggest names in our industry to headline the conference program. But we'll say it anyway—we represent the undisputed voice of the industry.

Big names with bigger ideas—cruising stalwarts and fresh new voices...All here to impart unbiased wisdom and objective best practices to keep your operation desirable, competitive, and at the forefront of our exponential industry growth.

A Conference Program Teeming with Riches

Seatrade Cruise Global's conference program attracts cruising's crème de la crème for four comprehensive days of insightful panel discussions, keynotes, and learning sessions to help you responsibly keep pace and reap the rewards of our ever-evolving industry.

Learning tracks and key content areas include:


And Now for the Main Event: The State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote

This is our industry's most important and informative annual assembly, putting you at the epicenter of a global transformation—one that redefines cruising amidst today's climate and security concerns while paving the way for a more immersive onboard experience.

Get a front row seat as executives and visionaries from the world's top cruise lines take the stage to share never-before heard insights in high-powered panel discussions. It's the must-attend crown jewel of the Seatrade conference program. Get your conference pass today!

Bigger and Bolder Than Ever

With an unprecedented 50+ hours of conference sessions, panels, pitch competitions and more, you're guaranteed to get actionable insights to prepare you for not just the months ahead, but several years to come. 

Monday 8 April 2019

Join the World Cruise Tourism Summit on Monday, 8 April for a daylong exploration of the latest travel and cruise trends.

9:30 - 10:00 AMTravels Trends Impacting the Cruise Line Industry – Past, Present and Future
10:00 - 11:00 AMTransforming Shore Excursions to Deliver Authentic and Exclusive Experiences
11:15 -11:45 AMSession TBD
11:45 - 12:30 PMPitch Competition – Sustainability Initiatives in Destinations, Shore Excursions and Ports
1:45 - 2:30 PMPartnering to Maintain the Cruising Ecosystem:  Enhancing Community and Port Relationships Sponsored by Solaire Cruise Center
2:45 - 3:15 PMSession TBD Sponsored by Solaire Cruise Center
3:15 - 3:45 PMPort and Destination Infrastructure Projects on Deck for 2020 and Beyond Sponsored by Solaire Cruise Center
3:45 - 4:45 PMMix and Mingle at the World Cruise Tourism Summit Happy Hour Sponsored by Solaire Cruise Center

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The 2019 conference program kicks off with the highly anticipated State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote. This year, a conversation with the UN World Tourism Organization's Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili kicks off the event, followed by a panel discussion with the four leaders of the world's largest cruise lines.

9:30 - 11:30 AMThe State of the Industry Global Keynote
1:00 - 1:45 PM

Attracting the Consumer of Tomorrow – Cruise Disruptors Speak Out!

Environmental Spotlight Panel: Innovations Driving Responsible, Sustainable Cruising

2:00 - 2:45 PM

Entering a New Era of Luxury Cruising: Raising the Bar to Deliver Curated Experiences

Best Practices for Building a Robust Expedition Team

3:00 - 3:30 PMFeatured Cruise Line Executive Spotlight: Defining the Innovation “Blueprint”
3:30 - 4:15 PMThe Global Luxury Traveler: Comparing the Cruise Ship Guest to the Hotel Guests

Wednesday 10 April 2019

The conference program continues Wednesday with a deep dive on design trends and technology innovations.

9:30 - 10:15 AM

Using Video to Attract First-Time Cruisers Powered by Travelzoo

Investment Analysts Future Outlook

10:30 - 11:15 AM

Session TBD

Rise of the Pacific, North, Central and South America Sponsored by Panama Maritime Authority

11:30 - 12:30 PM

Cracking the Code on Family Travel and Millennial Cruising 

The Age of Design and Cruising

River Cruising Roundtable

1:30 - 2:15 PMSustainable Tourism – Leading the Way Forward
Deep Data Dive – Hear What Really Matters to Cruisers Powered by Cruise Critic
Technology Infrastructure Powering the Future of Cruising
3:30 - 4:30 PM

The Future of Shipbuilding and Design

Sourcing/Hotel Operations Spotlight

Artificial Intelligence – What’s All the Buzz About?

Thursday 11 April 2019

The conference program closes Thursday by exploring some of the upcoming trends in destinations and expeditions.

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Session TBD

10:30 - 11:15 AM

Expedition Cruising

11:15 - 12:00 PM

Polar Outlook

12:00 - 12:45 PMCaribbean Spotlight … The Future is Bright