Last week, from March 15-18, cruise industry executives, top suppliers, cruise line buyers, travel agents and journalists from across the globe converged in Miami Beach, Fla., for the 26th annual Cruise Shipping Miami event.
The convention featured three days of exhibition and four days of conferences covering the state of the industry, shipbuilding and design, destination development, technology and the future of the cruise industry.
Holland America’s President and CEO Stein Kruse participated in CSM’s State of the Industry session and was also on hand to accept several awards honoring HAL, including “Porthole” magazine’s 2009 Readers Choice Award from Publisher Bill Panoff.
All in all, Cruise Shipping Miami 2010 was a success, with attendance up 7 percent from the previous year despite a lackluster 2009 for the industry. The event drew a total of 10,800 attendees and nearly 900 exhibiting companies.
From left to right: Holland America President and CEO Stein Kruse makes a point during
the State of the Cruise Industry Panel. To the right of Kruse is Kevin Sheehan,
Norwegian Cruise Lines; Adam Goldstein, Royal Caribbean International and Gerry
Cahill of Carnival Cruise Lines.
HAL President and CEO accepts “Porthole” magazine’s 2009 Readers Choice
Award from Publisher Bill Panoff.
Holland America's Stein Kruse examines a model of ms Nieuw Amsterdam at shipbuilder Fincantieri's booth during Cruise Shipping Miami.
Holland America Line President and CEO stands next to a model of HAL's newest ship,
ms Nieuw Amsterdam, at the Fincantieri booth during Cruise Shipping Miami.
From left to right: Captain Scott J. Ferguson of the U.S. Coast Guard presents Captain
Rene Roussel of Holland America Line with an award recognizing the cruise line's
participation in a mass rescue exercise in April 2009. The exercise was designed to
enhance preparedness for an incident requiring large-scale evacuations of passengers.