Hosted by the Port of Lisbon Authority and supported by MedCruise and Cruise Lines International Association, the event will take place from September 19-20 and feature a showcase exhibition, conference and a full networking programme.
150 cruise line executives expected
To date, 29 of the anticipated 150 cruise line executives have already confirmed attendance at this key industry event, including from AIDA Cruises, Azamara, Carnival UK, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Mystic Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Sea Cloud, Silversea, TUI Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises.
In addition, more than 70 ports from around the globe are expected to exhibit at the event which will also see the 53rd General Assembly of MedCruise take place on September 21.
APL president Lidia Sequeira stated: ‘To host this prestigious event is recognition of the work we have been doing in the cruise sector for many years. The hope is that this event will give an important boost to the local and national economy of this sector, especially now that Lisbon is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to welcome all the cruise ships and their guests.’
Opportunity to see Lisbon's new cruise terminal
As part of the two day cruise event, attendees will be able to visit the Lisbon Cruise Terminal, which opened late in 2017. Lisbon Cruise Port, operator of the cruise facilities in the Portuguese capital and part of Global Ports Holding, invested approximately €22m in a new terminal building. The terminal is served by a 1,490mtr quay.
Seatrade Cruise Med is held biennially and this year is hosted by the Port of Lisbon Authority with principal sponsor and supporter MedCruise (the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports), of which Lisbon has been a member since 2000. Principal regional sponsors include Republica Portuguesa-Mar, Lisboa Camara Municipal, Turismo de Portugal, Turismo de Lisboa and Lisbon Cruise Port. Sponsors include Gibraltar Tourist Board and Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services. Supporters include CLIA and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. Mercy Ships is the Seatrade Cruise Med Chosen Charity.