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CLIA UK & I announces 2024 conference dates

For the first time, agents will be able to visit two ships over consecutive days, from a selection of six in total
The 2024 Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland Conference will take place from May 23-25 in Southampton.

It will include ship visits, conference sessions, an industry trade fair and an evening  celebration. For the first time, agents will be able to choose two ships to visit over consecutive days, from a selection of six in total.

The conference – the 16th of its kind – will open for registration shortly; CLIA Embarc ID card holders receive an exclusive discounted link to register.

New to Selling Cruise Day 

An optional 'New to Selling Cruise Day' has been added on May 22, following a successful launch in 2023. The in-person session will combine industry and product training for agents who are new to the industry.

The first day of the event will comprise conference sessions and a full industry trade fair in the evening. Both activities will be held in Southampton-based venues.

Ship visits 

Attendees will have the option to visit Cunard's Queen Anne, Silversea's Silver Dawn or Princess Cruises' Sky Princess on day two. A celebratory evening event will follow.

Attendees will then have the choice of visiting MSC Cruises’ MSC Virtuosa, P&O Cruises' Iona or Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Borealis on the final day.

Four of the ships available are appearing for the first time at a CLIA Conference, including Queen Anne launching in May 2024. 

Biggest CLIA conference so far

Andy Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland MD, said, ‘Our 2024 conference will be our biggest yet, with more ships, an extended land programme on offer, as well as the optional training day for agents just starting out on their cruise sales journey. 

‘As holidays at sea continue to flourish, we're excited to confirm our popular conference mainstays will again take place, including the trade fair and celebratory evening event. 

‘The first-hand insight agents gain from ship visits is unbeatable, while the networking opportunities on offer over the event will be invaluable. We can’t wait to welcome partners from across the trade once again.’ 

Details of the theme and keynote speakers will be announced in due course.