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29 - 30 May 2019

CruiseConnect Summit

Helping you meet HR challenges of the rapidly evolving cruise industry

Join influential industry speakers representing the largest operators, associations and regulators at the first and only event dedicated to crew recruitment, training and retention for cruise.

CruiseConnect Summit is back – bigger and better!

We are delighted to announce the first speaker to join our 2019 programme – Nico Corbjin, Vice President, Crew Management at MSC HR!

Register now to hear Nico's presentation and save £200 on your place.

Key focus areas:

Crew supply, recruitment and on boarding

Given current and future business needs crew supply may prove to be the biggest disruptor in the cruise industry. We ask some crucial questions: can the manpower sector deliver the right numbers and right quality of crews? What works in streamlining recruitment and how to overcome regulatory challenges and reduce the administrative burden?

Industry leadership and sustainability

What is the future of the cruise industry in Europe and who is at the forefront of innovation? How is the industry planning for a sustainable future and for growth? More importantly, how to do we make the transition from environmental stewardship as a training check list exercise to a change in behaviours?

Education and training

Your crews are vastly different and your customers even more so. In a world that tends towards specialisation and individuality, how do we adapt training to suit future education needs, to identify 21st century skills and the changes in learning techniques and practices. We’ll look at aspects like multi-cultural training, technology and the delivery of customer service in a culture of safety on board.

Speaker in focus

Captain Nico Corbijn is Vice President, Crew Management for MSC Cruises, but has worked directly for, or as a consultant to most large cruise lines in the industry. He has also worked for high-end cruise lines such as Windstar Cruises, and Majestic America Line with its fleet of US-flagged riverboats.

Nico began his shipboard career as a deck apprentice with Holland America Line in 1982 and he became one of the company’s youngest captain in 1998. His corporate cruise industry positions include Director of Environmental Compliance at Holland America Line, Vice President of Fleet Personnel at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, and Executive Vice President of Fleet Operations at Windstar Cruises.

Aside from being a former ship’s master, Nico has a Master’s in Organizational Management, and is an HRCI-certified Senior Professional in HR (SPHR), as well as a Global Professional in HR (GPHR).

CruiseConnect Summit in numbers

international attendees
cruise liners
The only
event dedicated to crewing for cruises

Who should attend?

Cruise operators

Gain knowledge, network and benchmark against your competitors.

Marine HR

Cross-sector insight, new perspectives and wider community.

Crew/ ship management

Optimise your business to stay ahead of the industry's changing requirements.

Education and training providers

Stay relevant, prepare for the future, build valuable partnerships.

Service providers

Showcase your solutions and gain access to fastest growing maritime industry.

Regulators and associations

Play an active role in supporting the industry and shaping its future.

Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities

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