Cruise Lines International Association Debuts 2016 Executive Partner Program at Annual Summit

Oct 29, 2015

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) launched its 2016 Executive Partner Membership Program at its Executive Partner Summit in Miami, FL. 

CLIA welcomed 80 new Executive Partner Members in 2015. The program continues to evolve, based on member feedback, and in 2016, offers Executive Partner Members even more benefits, providing access to insights and networking opportunities that give CLIA Executive Partners a competitive advantage in the cruise industry.  Added benefits and new events include:

  • Summit at Sea educational and networking event on MSC Preziosa in January
  • Travel Agent community engagement opportunities, such as access to the CLIA Cruise tv video platform
  • Access and discounts to experience cruising, including invitations to inaugural cruises

The annual 2016 Executive Partner Summit, sponsored by Cruise Baltic, officially began on Tuesday, October 27, at PortMiami and featured a private tour of the port and sessions covering emerging cruise market trends and other relevant port topics. 

The conference is a prime example of CLIA’s efforts to create programs that benefit the entire cruise community.  Once known as the CLIA Leadership Forum, the Executive Partner Summit now includes two separate educational forums – the Port and Destination Forum and the Technical and Regulatory Forum – and also brings attendees together for networking opportunities, general sessions and expert panels.

"This year's Executive Partner Summit gave our partners access to PortMiami, the busiest cruise port in the world, as well as the opportunity for the entire cruise community to exchange ideas and build close relationships," said Carlos Torres de Navarra, Vice President, Commercial Port Operations, Carnival Cruise Line. "Our partners confirm to us that via CLIA's leadership in organizing these events, they are able to realize more meaningful relationships across all segments of the industry which ultimately result in further success for all.”

A highlight of the conference was the Presidents Panel, moderated by CLIA acting CEO Cindy D’Aoust, and included:

  • Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line
  • Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises
  • Jason Montague, President and COO, Prestige Cruise Holdings
  • Rick Sasso, President and CEO, MSC Cruises (USA)

The cruise line executives discussed topics, ranging from technology and ship building to itinerary planning and port development. Overall themes included the importance of the guest experience and expectations and tips on how to best partner with cruise lines.

“The Executive Partner Summit has been a tremendous success and created unparalleled opportunities for our cruise lines and communities to learn from and connect with each other.  The event was redesigned based on our members’ input, and it is exciting to bring their ideas to life,” said Cindy D’Aoust, acting CEO, CLIA. "The 2016 Executive Partner Membership program will continue to deliver these meaningful events as well as offer benefits that will help our partners and the entire cruise industry continue to grow and move forward."

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About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. As the largest cruise industry trade association with 15 offices globally, CLIA has representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA’s mission is to support policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 22 million passengers who cruise annually, as well as promote the cruise travel experience. Members are committed to the sustained success of the cruise industry and are comprised of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and other cruise industry partners, including ports, destinations, ship developers, suppliers, business services and travel operators. For more information, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on the CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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