Today we leave for the Cruise Shipping Miami (CSM) in Miami. Formerly known as SeaTrade, this annual meeting of cruise industry executives, vendors, media and public relations personnel is always interesting and provides lots of clues as to what is going on in the industry.
Anybody who is anyone in cruising will be there, so for those of us who write about the industry it is our chance to meet and talk with the top folks.
A lot of wining and dining also goes on so that is fun, too!
Tomorrow morning the conference opens with the “State of the Cruise Industry” panel which always features the presidents of several cruise lines answering general questions. This is when they tell us how tough it is, or that times are getting better. Two years ago, there was quite a bit of discussion about the Alaska cruise tax (the governor of Alaska was in attendance)…and since then Alaska has done much to alleviate that burden. Then last year the unfortunate Costa Concordia incident was on everyone’s mind, so safety was the key topic.
This year, the recent trials and tribulations of passengers on the Carnival Triumph are likely to trigger lots of discussion.
The Publisher of AllThingsCruise, Heidi Allison Shane, and I will be there for several days. When we aren’t interviewing cruise execs, we will be promoting AllThingsCruise both to the industry and to the media.
Look for more reports here!