Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 announces new format for State of the Global Cruise Industry panel


NEW YORK, NY – Seatrade Cruise Global, the leading annual global business-to-business event for the cruise industry, in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), announces the 2016 State of the Global Cruise Industry participants. This year’s panel will take on a new four-one-three rolling panel format moderated by CBS News Travel Editor and PBS’s “The Travel Detective” Peter Greenberg.

“It is an extraordinary time in the cruise world, one of innovation across the global fleet,” shares Robyn Duda, Portfolio Director for Seatrade Cruise Global. “This year’s State of the Global Cruise Industry brings together the four leaders of the world’s largest cruise lines, who are innovating for the future, and concludes with three leaders executing innovative approaches that are transforming the industry.”

Peter Greenberg will moderate the State of the Global Cruise Industry Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday 15 March, 2016. Setting the course of the cruise industry’s premier annual event, the four-one-three panel will commence with four key executives from the world’s leading cruise lines. The “Innovating FOUR the Future” panel is the following:

• Frank Del Rio, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd

• Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation

• Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

• Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises
During the midpoint of the session, a research analyst will provide an outside perspective. The State of the Global Cruise Industry will conclude with an additional three cruise line leaders.

The “Innovative Approaches” panel is the following:

• Charles A. Robertson, Chairman & CEO, American Cruise Lines

• Edie Rodriguez, President & CEO, Crystal Cruises

• Tara Russell, President, Fathom and Global Impact Lead, Carnival Corporation

“The new State of the Global Cruise Industry format promises to deliver a thought-provoking conversation,” said Cindy D’Aoust, acting CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). “These iconic industry innovators are sure to deliver an informative and engaging dialogue and will be a highlight of Seatrade Cruise Global.”