Professional Women in Cruise Luncheon

Off the Beaten Path - Boutique Travel


In partnership with WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association)

Proceeds go to Mercy Ships (our Official Non Profit Partner)

Sponsored by:

Tuesday April 26

12 Noon - 1:30 PM

Room 206/208

Miami Beach Convention Center

A Look at Behind the Scenes & Uncovering Unique Guest Experiences

Travel is all about making new connections and sometimes we need to go “off the beaten path” to connect with new cultures and communities.

Join us at Seatrade’s Professional Women in Cruise luncheon as we do just that... During this year’s discussion, we focus on boutique cruising and all of the creative ways cruise lines and destinations are creating experiences allowing travelers to escape the masses and have intimate travel experiences with tailored shore excursions. 

Whether you are cruising the Mississippi, visiting the Galapagos, seeing the Pyramids along the Nile or sailing from Budapest to Bucharest, we can learn something from these curated experiences to create more memorable travel moments. Sit back and relax as our panel discusses the opportunities and challenges of being “off the beaten path” and explore how these experiences can be tailored to fit your organization. And as always, network with the very best and brightest in the cruise industry over lunch!  


  • Anna Silva, Operations Supervisor, Port Everglades Department 


  • Kelly Hubbard, Director of Product Development, Windstar Cruises  
  • Isis Ruiz, Chief Commercial Officer, American Queen Voyages 
  • Maryam Saoud, Head of Tourism Product Support Section, Qatar Tourism


Proceeds go towards our sustainability partner Mercy Ships, providing humanitarian aid through surgical care, medical training and infrastructure development to the world's most vulnerable communities.

About Our Partners


Founded in 1997, is the largest National WISTA Associations (NWAs) worldwide, with more than 800 members spread across eleven regional Chapters: Connecticut; Delaware River & Bay Area; Florida; Great Lakes/Midwest; New England; New Orleans; New York / New Jersey; the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Washington, and Oregon); Texas; Washington, DC Metro; and West Coast (California and Hawai’i).

WISTA members represent all facets of the maritime industry, including ship owners, charterers, operators, brokers, bankers, insurance professionals, attorneys, analysts, and government officials. With more than 4000 members in 51 countries, WISTA provides local, regional, national, and international networking and professional opportunities for its members.


An international organization, Mercy Ships currently operates the world's largest non-governmental hospital ships, including a second ship scheduled to arrive in Africa in 2022. In the pursuit of hope and healing, Mercy Ships provides free surgical, dental, and ophthalmic care, as well as professional mentoring and healthcare education courses, mental health programs, sustainable agriculture projects, and palliative care for terminally ill patients. 

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has completed 601 port visits, visiting 55 developing countries, including 14 in Africa. Through a variety of ship- and land-based programs, Mercy Ships is committed to strengthening healthcare systems in Africa so that people can access safe, timely, and affordable medical care.


Uplift is the leading Book Now, Pay Later (BNPL) solution that empowers people to get more out of life, one thoughtful purchase at a time. Serving the world's top travel brands, Uplift's complete range of flexible payment options drive higher conversion and loyalty for partners, while giving customers a simple, surprise-free way to pay over time with no late fees or prepayment penalties.

Uplift partners with over 200 of the world’s leading cruise lines, airlines, tour operators, resorts and other major travel brands to offer BNPL payment options to help more consumers make meaningful purchases and experience the travel that they deserve.  Uplift is currently available throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit