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Registration & Welcome Tea and Coffee
08:30 - 09:00
Networking Opportunities
Opening Ceremony
09:00 - 09:20 Port of Lisbon Stand
Welcome Remarks

Conference Theatre

Welcome by Seatrade
09:28 - 09:30 Conference Theatre
Welcome Remarks
Maritime and Aviation Group Director
Seatrade UBM EMEA
Keynote Address – Industry update by CLIA and MedCruise
09:30 - 09:50 Conference Theatre
Keynote Address
Carnival UK
Speeches by Mayor of Lisbon, Minister of Economy and Minister of the Sea of Portugal
09:50 - 10:05 Conference Theatre
Welcome Remarks

09:50-09:55 Speech by Mayor of Lisbon, Mr Fernando Medina

09:55-10:00 Speech by Minister of Economy, Mr Pedro Caldeira Cabral

10:00-10:05 Speech by Minister of the Sea, Mrs Ana Paula Vitorino

State of the Industry
10:10 - 10:50 Conference Theatre
Carnival UK
VP EMEA and MD of RCL Cruises Ltd.
Royal Caribbean International
Costa Crociere
Executive Chairman
MSC Cruises
President & CEO
Pullmantur Group
10:50 - 11:05
Networking Opportunities
Meeting Future Demand in the Med and its Adjoining Seas
11:05 - 12:35 Conference Theatre
General Manager
Lisbon Cruise Port
Global Product & Operations Director
Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services
Director Itinerary Planning, Charter Flights and Full Charter
Pullmantur Cruceros
Member of the Board
Porto of Lisbon Authority

The global cruise market expects to see more than 27 million cruisers in 2018, representing a yearly growth of 5.4% - proof of the increasing popularity of cruise travel. As the world’s second most popular cruise destination, how is the Med and its adjoining seas leveraging growth, managing challenges and preparing for future demand? The session will start with case studies of operational excellence in the region, followed by a discussion on how stakeholders are tackling the challenges through collaboration.

Case-Study: How Lisbon plans to double its cruise traffic in 10 years
Following the completion of the new cruise terminal at Lisbon Cruise Port, this case-study will highlight what Lisbon has to offer – how the port and city support the cruise industry and strategic vision for Mediterranean cruising in the coming decade. 

Ricardo Ferreira, GM, Lisbon Cruise Port
Ricardo Medeiros, Member of the Board, Port of Lisbon

Case-Study: How to elevate shoreside experience for the future
Ramon Hurtado, Global Product & Operations Director, Intercruises

Case-Study: Sourcing the in-out bound travel market and the role that fly cruise plays in the Med
Javier Marín, Director Itinerary Planning, Charter Flights and Full Charter, Pullmantur Cruceros

Panel Discussion
Ramon Hurtado, Global Product & Operations Director, IntercruisesLisbon Cruise Terminal
Ricardo Ferreira, GM, Lisbon Cruise Port
Javier Marín, Director Itinerary Planning, Charter Flights and Full Charter, Pullmantur Cruceros

12:35 - 14:30
Networking Opportunities
Best Practices to Mitigate Cruising’s Carbon Footprint
14:30 - 15:30 Conference Theatre
Parallel Session
Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs
MSC Group
SVP Maritime Affairs
Carnival Corp. & plc

Drawing from the expectation of IMO’s 2020 standard, this session will focus on how cruise ship operators are managing air pollution, how far cruising has come and where to next for creating a sustainable environment.   

Hidden Gems Uncovered: Opportunities in New Destinations
15:35 - 16:35 Conference Theatre
Parallel Session
Itinerary Planning Director
Costa Crociere s.p.a.
VP Destinations & Revenue Management
SeaDream Yacht Club
VP Itinerary Planning & Destination Development
Virgin Voyages
Cruise Coordinator
Cruise Narvik
Cruise & Business Development Area Manager
Fundación PortCastelló

Overcrowding has been an issue that the industry is looking to overcome, and to discover new destinations is among the top priorities for itinerary planning executives. Here we will invite first cruise line executives to elaborate what they normally would consider when choosing a new destination accompanied by a couple of new destinations showcasing their potential.

Case-Studies: How a new to cruise port arrived on the cruise map
Susana Soria, Cruise & Business Development Area Manager, Fundación PortCastelló
Grethe Parker, Cruise Coordinator, Cruise Narvik

Top tips on things to be considered when delivering new cruise destinations
A panel of itinerary planning executives to discuss and share what factors they would consider when calling at a new port/destination.

Emilio Freeman, VP Destinations & Revenue Management, SeaDream Yacht Club
Federico Bartoli, Director Itinerary Planning, Costa Crociere s.p.a.
Craig Milan, VP Itinerary Planning & Destination Development, Virgin Voyages

Evening Networking
18:30 - 21:30
Networking Opportunities

Excellence Theatre

Cruise Vessel Recycling and the Regulation Update
14:30 - 14:50
Headway Talk!

In this session, the speaker will look to explore the current regulatory landscape, the likely developments in the near future and what cruise lines can do to ensure they do not join the growing ranks of ship owners falling foul of public perception and the law.

As the cruise fleet grows and modernises and tastes and expectations change it becomes harder to sell older cruise ships for onwards trading, meaning that increasingly the established cruise lines are having to give consideration to how they will recycle rather than sell on those vessels that no longer have a home in their fleet.

The focus on such matters is likely to intensified in light of the increasing scrutiny by the European Union and its Member States of ship recycling, together with the growing confidence of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, which has lead to a number of recent high profile claims against and prosecutions of ship owners following their disposal of end of life tonnage to Asian recyclers. More claims and prosecutions are expected.

Fear of being next has prompted many ship owners to re-evaluate the way in which they dispose of end of life vessels and encouraged a growing number of ship finance banks to oblige their borrowers to recycle their vessels responsibly.

For European ship owners, the EU Ship Recycling Regulation, which implements the requirements of the 2009 Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships already requires them to comply with a complicated export process for any ships sold for recycling while in Europe.  Further, from 31 December 2018 those vessels flying the flag of an EU Member State may only be recycled in ship recycling facilities on the EU's approved list. All 18 facilities currently listed are based in the EU, although news is expected any day on the applications made by yards outside the EU.

Those ship owners outside of the EU cannot escape the issue either, with national authorities increasingly willing to apply the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal. Cruise lines enjoy more public scrutiny than almost any other shipping sector.  Accordingly, those cruise lines that have not already done so should be adding compliant ship recycling to their list of regulatory obligations. 


Region Sud Provence French Riviera Press Conference
16:00 - 17:00 Excellence Theatre