The Seatrade Cruise Global Conference Experience

Thank you to all our speakers and attendees that made the 2022 Seatrade Cruise Global Conference such a resounding success!

2022 State of the Cruise Industry Keynote

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In what is widely regarded as the Conference highlight, attendees heard directly from three of the largest cruise lines in the world as they discussed the resiliency of the industry, which is well on its way to emerging stronger than ever as the world builds back from the challenges of the past two years.

The discussion explored the work of the industry to lead the way as a model for responsible tourism practices, as well as its commitment to deliver memorable travel experiences that make cruising the best way to see the world.

Kelly Craighead

President & CEO,
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

Arnold Donald

President & CEO,
Carnival Corporation & plc

Jason Liberty

President & CEO,
Royal Caribbean Group

Pierfrancesco Vago

Executive Chairman, 
Cruise Division,
MSC Group

Moderated by:

Lucy Hockings

World News Presenter,

2022 Conference Theme: Resilience

Resilience served as the framework for our conference discussions - focusing on how the industry is working together to create a safe and innovative cruising experience for guests while remaining flexible during these ever-changing times.

Speakers from a number of cruise lines shared their expertise from the stage:

New sessions included:

  • NEW - Bucket-list Voyages
    Tuesday, 26 April: 1:15pm - 2:00pm

    Delivering unforgettable itineraries and experiences. Travelers want their next vacation to be the "Greatest of All Trips" and are seeking out journeys to dream destinations and uniquely memorable experiences.

  • NEW - A Look at Cruising PR and Communications
    Tuesday, 26 April: 3:00pm - 3:45pm

    Never before has the cruise industry grabbed more headlines than during the pandemic. PR leaders and communications executives join us to share lessons learned in a new era for cruising media communications.

  • NEW - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel 
    Tuesday, 26 April: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    We bring leaders together from different sides of the cruise line business (i.e., from Presidents to HR to ESG) to talk about how they lead with diversity, equity and inclusion at top of their agenda – but also how they tie hiring strategies back to the success of their business initiatives.

  • NEW - Expedition Day
    Thursday, 28 April: 9:30am - 1:15pm

    A half day dedicated to expedition cruising! Thursday is expedition day, and we will host a variety of sessions unlocking the secrets of expeditions - the fastest-growing area of cruise.

Meet the Seatrade Cruise Global Ambassadors

We are proud to be have a fantastic group of cruise professionals assisting us with conference planning.

Their expertise is central to our understanding of the key issues facing the cruise industry today, and helping us plan an event geared around practical solutions to real-life challenges. They're here to help us to help you!

Art & Interior Design

Tal Danai

CEO & Founder

Cruise Entertainment

Ryan Stana

CEO & Founder
RWS Entertainment Group

Expedition Cruising

Liz Gammon


Ports & Destinations

Ioannis Bras

Five Senses Consulting Group

Information Technology

Ian Richardson

CEO & Co-Founder

Ports & Destinations

Shannon McKee

Access Cruise Inc. & Zielia

Food & Beverage

Rick Welch

RMW Global Consulting

Ports & Destinations

Roger Blum

Cruise & Port Advisors, Inc

Safety & Sustainability

John Sifling

Broad Reach Maritime