Seatrade Europe Conference Programme 2017

06.09.2017
10:30 - 10:50
Room Chicago - Seatrade Europe Conference

Balcony Chat: Uniting the European cruise industry in preparing for a new dawn

Kyriakos Anastassiadis, Chairman, CLIA Europe and CEO, Celestyal Cruises and Karl J. Pojer, Chairman, CLIA Germany and Chief Executive Officer, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises share their views on the significant role Europe’s integrated cruise community is playing and can continue to drive across multiple platforms, including as a source market, a destination, environmental stewardship, technology, shipbuilding and economic driver.
Kyriakos Anastassiadis, Chairman CLIA Europe and Chief Executive Officer, Celestyal Cruises and Karl J. Pojer, Chairman, CLIA Germany and Chief Executive Officer, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
10:50 - 12:00
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Panel Discussion: Future of the Cruise Industry in Europe

A high profile line-up of industry leaders will discuss the cruise ship orderbook and new technology, as well as European source markets, supply and demand, port infrastructure, geopolitical challenges, regulatory and environmental issues, future collaboration and more.

Confirmed panellists:

• David Dingle, Chairman, Carnival UK
• Felix Eichhorn, President, AIDA Cruises
• Capt Michael McCarthy, Chairman, Cruise Europe and Commercial Manager, Port of Cork Company
• Wybcke Meier, Chief Executive Officer, TUI Cruises GmbH
• Gianni Onorato, Chief Executive Officer, MSC Cruises
• Neil Palomba, President, Costa Crociere
• Karl J. Pojer, Chief Executive Officer, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Chairman, CLIA Germany
• Harry Sommer, EVP International Business Development, Norwegian Cruise Line
• Richard J. Vogel, President & CEO, Grupo Pullmantur

Panel discussion moderator:

Kyriakos Anastassiadis, Chairman, CLIA Europe and Chief Executive Officer, Celestyal Cruises
12:00 - 14:15

Lunch Break

14:15 - 15:00
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River Cruise Session I: The rise of the river cruise - identifying river innovation

A session focussing on what is really new in Europe's river scene in 2017, including new ship concepts, new itineraries and as a particular focus, new excursions.
15:00 - 15:15

Coffee Break

15:15 - 16:00
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River Cruise Session II: Shore activities and turnarounds - a security risk for Europe's rivership guests?

A session analysing the security situation in river cruise turnaround ports and destinations throughout Europe, focussing on threats, what operators can do to contain them and how passenger education/information on-board can help control risks.
07.09.2017
09:30 - 10:15
Room Chicago - Seatrade Europe Conference

Panel Discussion: The impact of Brexit on the European cruise industry

For some cruise lines, it will be ‘business as usual’, but how might Brexit affect the UK demand for cruising? What is the cost/benefit analysis of Brexit on cruise ships and their deployment in Europe and are there potential immigration issues?

Confirmed panellists:

• Stuart Leven, Vice President, EMEA and Managing Director, RCL Cruises Ltd
• Thanos Pallis, Secretary General, MedCruise
• Maria Pittordis, Partner, Head of Marine, Trade & Energy, Hill Dickinson

Session moderator

Tim Reardon, Policy Director – Taxation, Ferry and Cruise, UK Chamber of Shipping
10:15 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:30
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Case Studies: Ports and Destinations – Operating beyond peak demand

With cruising in Europe continuing to grow, what are ports and destinations doing to accommodate the influx of larger cruise ships and passenger numbers, ensuring their safe passage from ship to shore, and how are they addressing the issue of berth and shoreside congestion? This session will present three case studies highlighting best practice in:

Case Study 1:

Port and airport collaboration for home porting operations – Arnt Møller Pedersen, Chief Operating Officer, Cruise & Ferries, Copenhagen Malmö Port

Case Study 2:

Adapting to a quickly changing world through efficient use of infrastructure – Sacha Rougier, Managing Director, Cruise Gate Hamburg

Case Study 3:

Sustainable tourism and managing congestion ashore – Rita Berstad Maraak, Port Director Geirangerfjord Cruise Port

Session moderator:

Alessandro Carollo, Head of Port Operations EMEA, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
12:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:15
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Panel Discussion: Sustainability and Green Shipping, sponsored by gmec

The strong commitment to environmentally responsible and sustainable shipping maintains its very high priority for the cruise industry, as it continues to implement best practices and invest in related new technologies. This panel looks at where the industry is now in terms of environmental policy, stewardship, and technical solutions, and where it can go. There will be a particular emphasis on the supply network and policy implications for Europe.

Welcome remarks:


Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH

Confirmed speakers:

• Fred Danska, Director, Cruise Business, Marine Solutions, Wärtsilä Corporation
• Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, MSC Group
• Tom Strang, SVP Maritime Affairs, Carnival Corporation & Plc and Chairman, CLIA Europe Environment, Safety & Security Committee

Session moderator:

Andreas Chrysostomou, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, CLIA Europe
15:15 - 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:30
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Panel Discussion: Ship design and Interiors

Designing ships for the future. What are the latest hotel design trends and can these be transferred to enhance the on-board cruise experience? Cruise operators are increasingly looking to the hospitality industry to inspire their vessels, but can a designer of land based spaces revolutionise the cruise ship? What innovative space saving concepts are available for the smaller river cruise vessel?

Confirmed panellist:

• Lars Clasen, Managing Director, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
• Britta Konkel, Seasoned cruise traveller
• Kevin Paintin, Client Director, 20.20 Limited
• Representative from Partner Ship Design – name TBC
08.09.2017
10:00 - 10:45
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Panel Discussion: Shorex: What’s trending?

As the focus for shorex and land programmes diversifies to match the needs of multi-generational guests, independents, solo’s, adrenalin seekers, children and local immersion this session looks at how the industry can embrace the changing trends and work together with the destinations to ensure that everyone benefits.

Confirmed panellist:

• Jean-Pierre Joubert, Shore Excursions Director, MSC Cruises
• Carmen Morosan, Global Shorex Manager, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services
10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30
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Exhibitor Workshop: Why cruise to my port or destination?

An opportunity for exhibiting ports and destinations to give a 90 second lighting pitch in front of a high calibre judging panel.

Judging Panel:

• Paul Britton, Marine Operations Manager, Disney Cruise Line
• Liz Gammon, Principal, Lizgammon.com
• Olga Piqueras, Managing Director, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services