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CLIA Announces Cruise360 General Session Panels, Featuring Top Executives From 14 Cruise Lines

CLIA announces general  session panels with representatives from 14 member cruise lines

The 2016 Cruise360 Conference, to be held June 1-6 in Vancouver, B.C.  will feature top industry executives representing different and important segments of the cruise industry.

“More than ever before, the cruise industry continues to evolve, offering a myriad of options to travelers,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA . “Cruise360, a must-attend educational event, offers tools and training to help our travel professional community grow their business and deliver greater value to their clients. Expert panelists bring innovation to life along with tips for success on how to inform, engage and inspire their current and potential clients.”
Panels for the 2016 Cruise360 Conference include:
The Cruise  Industry Evolution
As leaders of the top ocean cruise lines in the world, each brand president will highlight how the cruise industry has evolved for today’s traveler to offer a cruise for every travel style and budget.
  • Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line
  • Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line
  • Rick Sasso, President, MSC Cruises (USA)
  • Andy Stuart, President & COO, Norwegian Cruise Line
Inspiring the  Next Generation of Cruisers
Bringing together the top sales and marketing leaders in the cruise industry, these executives will spotlight advertising and sales strategies, discuss new campaigns and trends, and share insights in new ways they are inspiring travel agents to sell a cruise vacation experience.
  • Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, Sales and Trade Support & Service, Royal Caribbean International
  • Eva Jenner, Vice President, North American Sales, Holland America Line/Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Ken Muskat, Executive Vice President, Sales, PR & Guest Services, MSC Cruises
  • Adolfo Perez, Vice President, Trade Sales and Marketing, Carnival Cruise Line
  • Alex Pinelo, Vice President, Key Accounts, Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President of Sales, Celebrity Cruises
  • Randall Soy, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
The Rise of River  & Luxury Cruising: How to Break Into the Growing Market 
River and Luxury Cruising provides the largest single sales potential for travel agents.  Executives from the world’s leading luxury and river brands will divulge valuable insights on the cruise industry’s niche segments, offering an insider’s view into the dynamic upscale segment of the cruise industry and sharing how travel professionals can grow their business by expanding into these growing segments.
  • Katharine Bonner, Senior Vice President of River & Small Ship Cruising, Tauck River Cruises
  • Patrick Clark, Managing Director, Avalon Waterways
  • Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-Owner, AmaWaterways
  • Navin Sawhney, CEO, Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
  • Susan Shultz, Director of Sales, American Cruise Line/Pearl Seas Cruises
These cruise line executives join the Cruise360 recently announced keynote speakers which include: Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc; Adam M. Goldstein, President & COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; and Edie Rodriguez, President & CEO, Crystal Cruises. In addition to Cruise Line executives, Cruise360 will feature outside speakers to lend a fresh perspective for attendees.
The CLIA Cruise360, the largest and only official conference of the cruise industry, offers a truly panoramic view of the cruise industry and features exclusive networking events, live and virtual ship inspections, professional development opportunities, educational seminars and an in-depth analysis into current cruise and travel industry trends.


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