Seatrade 2024 to highlight evolution of cruise

Seatrade Cruise Global set to return to Miami in April

Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s preeminent annual business-to-business event, has unveiled its highly anticipated 2024 State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote lineup, presented in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

The world’s largest cruise industry event will be taking place in Miami Beach from April 8 to 11 this year. Leading cruise executives are expected to headline the opening panel for this year’s conference theme – The Evolution of Cruise.

Led by moderator Anne Kalosh, Seatrade Cruise News’ Editor, the insightful dialogue will cover key topics surrounding the future of the industry, such as environmental sustainability, market demand trends for 2024 and beyond, digitalisation, the use of AI, and more. Featured panellists include Josh Weinstein, President, CEO & Chief Climate Officer, Carnival Corporation & plc; Kelly Craighead, President & CEO, Cruise Lines International Association; Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, Cruise Division, MSC Group; Harry J. Sommer, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd; and Jason Liberty, President & CEO, Royal Caribbean Group.

The discourse will explore the industry’s commitment to pursuing net zero emissions by 2050, new environmental technologies, low to zero-GHG fuels and energy sources being actively tested on new ships and the need for governments and fuel suppliers to help make the availability of competitively priced sustainable fuels at scale a reality. In addition, cruise line leaders will share their perspectives on the impact of world events on cruising, product innovation, and the major companies’ return to newbuild orders.

“With major innovations on the horizon and consumer demand for cruising on the rise, this year is an exciting time for the cruise industry,” said Kelly Craighead, President & CEO, Cruise Lines International Association. “We look forward to joining our colleagues from around the world at Seatrade Cruise Global this April, and the opportunity to collaborate and demonstrate how cruise is advancing an ambitious sustainability agenda and pursuing innovations – both at sea and on shore – as it sails to an even better future.”