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Conference Program Scheduler

NOTE: This is the 2018 schedule for reference only. The 2019 schedule will be released later this year.

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From Niche to Mainstream: A Look into the Cruise Industry’s Evolution and Growth

Location: Palm Ballroom A
Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass - Get your pass now!
Session Type: Conference Session
Sectors: Design & Ship Interiors, Destinations, Entertainment & Amusements, Environmental & Health, Food & Beverage, Hotel Operations, Information Technology, Retail / Retail Services, Safety & Security, Ship Equipment, Shipyards, Shipbuilding & Refurbishment, Wellness, Ship Services
Recording: TBD

Rick Sasso is a seasoned cruise line executive with nearly 50 years of cruise industry experience on his back. During the last 13 years, as Chairman of MSC Cruises USA Rick has focused on growing the presence of Europe’s number one cruise line in North America and the Caribbean. In this session, Rick will walk the audience through the cruise industry’s remarkable growth over the last five decades and share some of his career’s highlights and most memorable moments that he has experienced throughout this time. He will particularly look at how the cruise industry has evolved, from a small category of holiday takers to an ever expanding mainstream holiday for guests across the globe. Among other things, we will focus on the evolution of cruise ships, product, itineraries, and demographics.