Intercruises was the UK Logistics Partner for the CLIA Summit at Sea, a 4-day event attended by over 165 key cruise industry figures, including 20 senior cruise line executives representing Carnival Corporation, TUI Cruises, Carnival UK, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Costa, MSC, Celestyal, Hapag Lloyd and Disney. The Intercruises attendees were Olga Piqueras, Managing Director; Ramon Hurtado, Global Product & Operations Manager and Serafin Blazquez, Global Port Agency Manager.
On the opening day of the event in Hamburg, Serafin participated in a panel discussion on planning for future port infrastructure requirements, especially considering the 70 new ships currently on order. He was joined on the panel by Elisabetta de Nardo from Silversea and Michel Nestour from Carnival, as well as the Director of the Port of Southampton. One the second day Olga and Ramon both participated in a shorex discussion focused on port congestion, and during the final day onboard Olga was invited on stage to speak to the entire audience.
As Logistics Partner, Intercruises UK & Ireland provided debark tours and transfers, including private transfers for Richard Vogel, Pullmantur CEO and Giora Israel, SVP Carnival Corporation, who commented: “Thank you for the arrangement to see Windsor Castle and the transfer. Both the driver and the guide did a great job.The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable in British history, the Monarchy and especially in anything to do with the castle. Thank you and the whole Intercruises Family for making this possible.”
Other senior cruise line executives at the event included Arnold Donald, CEO Carnival Corporation; David Dingle, Chairman, Carnival UK and Kerry Anastassiadis, CEO Celestyal Cruises.
“These events attract the most senior people in the cruise industry, including some of our key client contacts, port partners and competitors – Ramon, Serafin and I had some very productive discussions during the networking opportunities. Additionally, the great exposure we got over the last few days has reinforced our market position as the world’s leading ground handler and port agent, whilst the services we delivered after the cruise in the UK demonstrates our “local partner” proposition and I want to say a big thanks to the teams in Southampton and London.” Said Olga Piqueras, Managing Director.