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2019 State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote

As cutting-edge ships make their maiden voyages and disruptive new brands enter the market, the most anticipated part of Seatrade Cruise Global rose to the occasion — bigger and bolder than ever!
In partnership with CLIA and FCCA, Seatrade Cruise Global is proud to announce a record-breaking attendance of over 2,000 for the State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote.
Moderating the morning was BBC World News' Lucy Hockings, a seasoned broadcast journalist with experience covering the most significant global events.
Adam Goldstein (Vice Chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd & Cruise Lines International Association) kicked it off via a conversation with the UN World Tourism Organization's Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili, followed by a panel discussion with the four leaders of the world's largest cruise lines.
The conversations highlighted both the many opportunities and encroaching challenges accompanying the industry's rapid growth. 

The heads of the four largest cruise lines shared their perspectives in a dynamic panel discussion. They spoke at length about both exciting future possibilities and the challenges keeping them up at night. 

Themes included:

  • Sustainable Tourism – The latest challenges in popular markets, how cruise lines are collaborating with local communities and destinations to identify solutions
  • Innovation – Defining what innovation means to their brand and customer
  • Converting New Cruisers - What it will take to attract the next generation of cruisers including millennials
  • Environmental Initiatives – Identifying the latest developments and success stories to continue environmental advancements
  • Emerging Markets – The future outlook on China, what it will take to succeed in emerging markets

Frank Del Rio

President & CEO
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Arnold Donald

President & CEO
Carnival Corporation

Richard Fain

Chairman & CEO
Royal Caribbean Cruises

Pierfrancesco Vago

Executive Chairman
MSC Cruises

Rise of Female Leadership in the Cruise Industry Keynote

In it's inaugural year, the roundtable discussion centered female cruise industry leaders making waves in the world of cruise. They explored their paths to leadership positions, how they are igniting innovation within their brands, and how the industry can work together to support diversity initiatives.

Christine Duffy

Carnival Cruise Line

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

President & CEO
Celebrity Cruises

Jan Swartz

Princess Cruises