Session and tour details

Thursday 16 June

  • 10.45 am - 2:00 pm Speciality Forums and Networking Lunch for CLIA Members and Partners*
    Magazzini del Cotone

10:45AM – 11:45AM Networking Break

11.45AM – 1.00PM Speciality Forums

Port, Destination & Travel Business Session
Emerging European Cruise Terminals and Destinations in a Post COVID-19 World

As we enter the summer of cruise industry recovery in the Mediterranean and begin to consider a post COVID-19 world, the focus of this session is to analyze the needs, drivers, challenges and advantages of opening new cruise terminals and destinations within the wider European region. Our distinguished panel will reveal the new cruise terminal innovations and destination trends on the horizon and articulate how they will enhance the guest experience in a new age of cruising. Expect an uplifting, engaging and fascinating session that will provide an insightful outlook on the future of European cruising.


  • Grant Holmes, Global Sector Head - Cruise Industry, Inchcape Shipping Services


  • Elisabetta De Nardo, Vice President, Port Development, MSC Cruises
  • John Portelli, General Manager, Roma Cruise Terminal
  • Ana Karina Santini, AVP International Destination Development, Royal Caribbean Group
  • Davide Truscello, Pricing and Itinerary Director, Costa Crociere
  • Stephen Xuereb, Chief Executive Officer, Global Ports Holding

Maritime & Technical Services Business Session
Newbuilding and Refurbishment Outlook Cruise Projects Through 2027

There are more than 70 ocean-going cruise vessels on order from the beginning of 2022 through to the end of 2027 costing an estimated US$50BN.

What are some of the more significant projects in the pipeline?  What features are cruise operators most seeking for the vessels which will soon be new to their fleet? How has this unprecedented demand for new build cruise ships impacted the shipyards tasked with their construction and how have the global supply-chain challenges affected the project timelines? What is the outlook for dry-dock projects in the coming years and what are the operators looking for with refurbished vessels?
Please join this panel of cruise ship building professionals as they explore these and other topics.


  • Jennifer Williams, Vice President, Maritime Policy, CLIA


  • Loris Di Giorgio, Cruise Vessels Marketing and Sales Manager, Fincantieri
  • Corinna Nones, Decarbonisation Manager, Business Development, Project Services, Wärtsilä
  • Trevor Young, Vice President, New Building, MSC Cruises

Hotel Operations, Food & Beverage Business Session
Culinary Collaboration: The Evolving Relationship Between Operational and Procurement Teams

During the past 2.5 years, availability of many food and beverage staple items have become scarce as manufacturing and production has slowed and logistic distribution networks have become strained.  In addition, fewer crew members and staff have returned to work onboard vessels as well as at shoreside.

How has this challenging climate necessitated a change in the working relationships between menu development and operational functions and their sourcing and supply chain counterparts? What are some of the specific ways in which these separate functions have creatively come together in collaboration?  What are some of the new efficiencies that have resulted? These and other questions will be addressed during this panel discussion.


  • Paolo Raia, Managing Director, MSC F&B Division S.P.A., MSC Cruises


  • Richard Regan, Director, Partner Relations, CLIA


  • Luca Cerati, Director, Food & Beverage and Hotel Procurement, Costa Crociere S.p.A
  • Yvonne Teske, Senior Procurement Manager, Royal Caribbean Group
  • Jacques Van Staden, Vice President of Food & Beverage, MSC Cruises

*Executive Partners and Non-partner Suppliers in the Hotel Operations, Food & Beverage (HFB) segment are invited to attend both the above session, along with the preceding session described below featuring the same group of speakers designed for those new to cruise.

Becoming a Supplier Partner to Cruise - What You Need to Know

  • 9:30AM – 10:45AM

The cruise industry supply chain for hotel durables, non-durables, food and beverage is enormous.  Sourcing and procurement specialists and buyers from multiple supply lines are constantly seeking new business partners who have the products they need to provision their ships.  How can you become a supplier partner to the cruise lines? How do cruise operations differ from land-based operations? What are the key criteria which the sourcing teams look for in their suppliers?  What is the process to become listed as an approved vendor to a cruise line and what is the request for proposal (RFP) process?  This panel of sourcing and supply chain experts will provide you with t answers to these questions and more.


1.00PM – 2.00PM Networking Lunch


Tour details

Thursday 16 June

2:15PM – 4:00PM Port of Genoa (for CLIA Members & Partners only)

Following a short walk from Magazzini del Cotone, guests will arrive at the Aquarium of Genoa to start the private tour of the Port of Genoa. The Port Authority will share insights on the development of the port and passenger traffic. The representative from Stazione Marittime di Genova will provide guests with a tour of the Ponte dei Mille cruise terminal and return to Magazzini del Cotone at approximately 4pm.

Dress code: ‘Casual business’ attire recommended, including comfortable shoes.

2:15PM – 4:30PM Genoa Walking Tour (for CLIA Members & Partners only)

Meeting with the tour guide at Magazzini del Cotone, guest will join a walking tour of the Porto Antico area, passing by the San Giorgio Palace and head office of the Ports of Genoa. The tour will include the historical centre and Via San Lorenzo, the Cathedral of Genoa, the Piazza de Ferrari, the Palazzo Ducale and the Opera Theatre. Finally, guests will visit the Via Aura, home to the famous Rolli Palaces like Palazzo Tursi, Palazzi Bianco and Palazzo Rosso, which hold the most important art collections owned by Genoese Families. During the tour there will be an opportunity to sample focaccia and local biscuits. The group will return to Magazzini del Cotone at approximately 4:30pm.

Dress code: ‘Casual business’ attire recommended, including comfortable shoes.

To register for the either the Port of Genoa or Genoa Walking Tour, registered Summit attendees will receive a separate email the week of 6 June with the link to confirm your participation.

2:30PM – 5:00PM Fincantieri Shipyard & Wartsila Workshop (by Invitation only)

Departing Magazzini del Cotone, guests will be transferred to the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa. The visit will include a bus tour of the shipyard highlights, followed by a welcome presentation from Mr. Loris di Giorgio, New Building Senior Vice President, Sales, Fincantieri. After a short 20-minute drive, the next stop is Wartsila where guests will join a short walking tour of the workshop, with a focus on overhauling and reconditioning operations portfolio and the relevant machinery. Refreshments are included and the group will return to Magazzini del Cotone at approximately 5pm.

Dress code: ‘Casual business’ attire recommended, including comfortable shoes.