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Announcing 2021 Seatrade Cruise Virtual Event Series

Announcing 2021 Seatrade Cruise Virtual Event Series

our-Event Series Offering Focused Themes, Smaller Sessions,
Expert Panels and Provocative Programming




COLCHESTER, England (9 February 2021) –  Registration is now open for Seatrade Cruise Virtual: Expedition Cruising, 8-9 March 2021. Focusing on the industry’s fastest-growing segment, it is expected to attract 400 cruise community participants – including leading voices from pioneer expedition lines and tour operators. The two-day event is the first of this year’s Seatrade Cruise Virtual series, which will include four focused events – each with a dedicated theme offering tailored programming, small group sessions and networking opportunities.


“In implementing feedback from our first virtual conference, we thoughtfully refined the Seatrade Cruise Virtual series to deliver an enriching and engaging experience,” says Chiara Giorgi, Global Brand and Event Director for Seatrade Cruise. “The series will kick-off spotlighting a pivotal segment to the cruise industry’s global restart – expedition cruising – which, despite the pandemic, saw exponential growth in 2020 with the launch of three new expedition cruise lines and 27 new ships on order.”


Seatrade Cruise Virtual: Expedition Cruising will offer more than a dozen panels and fireside chats touching on newbuilds and design, sustainability, regional updates, crew and more – see highlights below:
KEYNOTE | The State of the Expedition Cruise Industry
Monday 8 March | 9 a.m. EST/2 p.m. GMT


Editor of Seatrade Cruise News, Anne Kalosh, will host this panel discourse with leaders of the expedition cruise industry to discuss the safe resumption and growth of this distinctive sector.

Panelists include:
•    Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO, Silversea
•    Asta Lassessen, CEO, Hurtigruten Expedition
•    Sven-Olof Lindblad, CEO, Lindblad Expeditions
•    Hervé Bellaiche, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Ponant
•    Geoffrey Kent, Founder, Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC


Tourism in Local & Indigenous Communities
Monday 8 March | 11:30 a.m. EST/4:30 p.m. GMT


Innovation in Expedition Ship Design
Tuesday 9 March | 8 a.m. EST/1 p.m. GMT


For a complete agenda, explore the Seatrade Cruise Virtual: Expedition Cruising conference programme.


Registration Now Open for Seatrade Cruise Virtual: Expedition Cruising
Seatrade Cruise Virtual offers flexible attendee registration options. For pricing options and to register for the Expedition Cruising event, CLICK HERE.


For an in-depth report on this cruise segment, read Seatrade Cruise News’ whitepaper, Expedition Cruising: To the Poles and Beyond.


Press registration information can be found HERE.


The 2021 Seatrade Cruise Virtual series continues in April, with the three-day lineup below. Additional information and details on registration will be released in early March.


12 April | HEALTH & SAFETY
Addressing the industry’s primary concerns, this track places emphasis on cruise lines efforts on implementing and communicating new protocols, processes, and standards and how these new regulations will impact the cruise experience beyond the ship.


Focusing on hotel operations and entertainment onboard, this track explores how cruise lines will prepare to continue delivering unforgettable experiences, comfort and quality, while keeping safety and health of passengers and crew at the forefront.


Planning for the new cruise journey, this track focuses on creating the fleet of the future – implementing innovative technology through all aspects of cruising – from ship building to guest experience – as traveler demand for seamless, personalized, safe and effortless experiences grows.


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Seatrade Cruise Virtual: Health & Safety | 12 April
Seatrade Cruise Virtual: Guest Experience | 13 April
Seatrade Cruise Virtual: Tech & Innovation | 14 April
Seatrade Cruise Europe | 8-11 September 2021 | Hamburg, Germany
Seatrade Cruise Global | Early Autumn| Miami, FL
Seatrade Cruise Asia Pacific | Q4 Dates TBD



About Seatrade Cruise


Serving the international cruise community since 1970, Seatrade Cruise is the industry’s leading platform for collaborating, innovating and connecting. Comprised of the largest cruise events and trades shows, news channels, virtual programming resources and coveted awards programs, the Seatrade Cruise portfolio reaches more than 20,000 professionals, 4,000 suppliers, 80 cruise line brands and 130 countries.
For more information on Seatrade Cruise Events visit For access to the latest news and industry updates visit
Seatrade Cruise Events are organized by Informa Markets, a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit