Cruise Lines International Association 2017 Summit at Sea to Set Sail from Hamburg on Queen Elizabeth

Mar 09, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice of the global cruise community, announced its 2017 Summit at Sea –an exclusive, flagship event for cruise industry stakeholders, taking place from 9th – 12th May 2017 aboard Cunard Cruise Line's majestic Queen Elizabeth, the company’s newest luxury liner, named for her Majesty the Queen. 

Before embarking on the Queen Elizabeth, attendees will receive an exclusive tour of the Airbus Factory producing some of the Emirates A380 aircraft and Carnival Cruise Line’s maritime fleet operations centre, followed by a welcome reception and dinner at the Penthouse Elb-Panorama. In Hamburg and once onboard, welcomed by Carnival chairman, David Dingle, senior cruise industry leaders will engage in business discussions on the most important topics facing the cruise industry today, including an exclusive discussion lead by CLIA Cruise Line Member presidents.

“I am delighted that Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth has been chosen to host the 2017 CLIA Summit at Sea,” said Cunard senior vice president, Simon Palethorpe. “Our ship and crew look forward to welcoming our industry partners and colleagues aboard for what I am sure will be an extremely informative and enjoyable conference.”

While onboard, the more than 150 attendees will also have access to behind-the-scenes tours, networking opportunities and social functions before the cruise docks in Southampton.

This year’s event follows the inaugural Summit that took place last year aboard the MSC Preziosa in the Mediterranean. CLIA’s annual Summit at Sea is an exclusive event of CLIA’s Executive Partner Program. Bringing together key suppliers and partners to the cruise industry, the program boasts more than 300 partners across the port & destination, travel & tourism, technical &supply chain, and professional services providers.

“Ensuring that our community works together toward the same industry goal is key to our success, and that is why coming together at events like our Summit at Sea is so important,” said Bo Larsen, senior vice president, Strategic Partnerships, CLIA. "I am grateful for the hospitality provided by the Cunard team both ashore and onboard, and for the valuable commitment of our industry executives."

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1              About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice - Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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