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Seatrade Cruise Global announces State of the Industry lineup

From left, Royal Caribbean's Jason Liberty, Carnival Corp.'s Josh Weinstein, MSC Group's Pierfrancesco Vago, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' Frank Del Rio, CLIA's Kelly Craighead
Leaders of the big four cruise groups will take part in Seatrade Cruise Global's State of the Industry keynote session March 28.

They are Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group; Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman, cruise division, MSC Group; and Josh Weinstein, president and CEO, Carnival Corp. & plc. Joining them will be Kelly Craighead, president and CEO, Cruise Lines International Association.

Moderator Lucy Hockings

The returning moderator is Lucy Hockings, BBC World News presenter and anchor.

The session, presented in partnership with CLIA and sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, is set for 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 28 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.

'We’re incredibly excited to kick off the conference with a dynamic lineup of new and returning speakers representing all four major cruise lines and our partners at CLIA,' said Chiara Giorgi, global brand and event director, Seatrade Cruise. 'Following our theme of forward momentum, the keynote panel will serve as a powerful introduction to spark dialogue on key topics impacting our industry as we dive into another year of sharing, collaborating and networking at Seatrade Cruise Global.'

Sustainability, responsible tourism, new ships

The discourse will explore the industry’s commitment to net carbon-neutral cruising by 2050, how cruise lines are collaborating with destinations to support responsible tourism, current booking patterns and how cruising is moving forward from the pandemic. The conversation will also look at 2023’s ship launches and new cruise experiences.

'With major innovations on the horizon and consumer demand on the rise, this year is a pivotal moment for the cruise industry,' Craighead said. 'We look forward to reuniting with our colleagues worldwide at Seatrade Cruise Global this March, where we will continue to collaborate and demonstrate how cruise is leading the way in innovations that are helping us sail to a better future.'

New F&B@Sea

Seatrade Cruise Global will take place March 27-30 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center along with the new F&B@Sea, March 28-29 at Port Everglades Terminal 2.

More than 10,000 attendees from over 85 countries are expected.

The full conference program is here.

Registration is here.