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Rise of the Pacific Coast of the Americas

Anne Kalosh (Editor, Seatrade Cruise News & Senior Associate Editor, Seatrade Cruise Review)

John Binkley (President, Cruise Lines International Association Alaska)

Phil Crannell (President, Ports & Maritime Group International (PMG))

Giora Israel (Senior Vice President, Carnival Corporation)

Sebastian Montero (Executive Director, Corporación de Puertos del Conosur)

Alejandro Agustin Moreno (Deputy Administrator, Autoridad Martima de Panama (AMP))

Jess Peterson (Director, Itinerary and Revenue Planning, Windstar Cruises)

Location: Room 203/205

Date: Wednesday, April 10

Time: 10:20am - 11:15am

Sector: Ports & Destinations

Pass Type: VIP Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass - Get your pass now!

Event Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Sponsored by Autoridad Martima de Panama (AMP)


This panel examines the opportunities and issues for what could become cruising's next great region. The Pacific coast of the Americas holds huge potential. Alaska is booming, yet experts say this is just the beginning, with new berths and destinations to emerge, along with cruise line investments in ports like Skagway and Icy Strait. How will Seattle and Vancouver homeports keep up? California is only starting to draw the latest and greatest ships. What will this mean for Mexico and beyond? Panama is opening a new Pacific homeport that can feed itineraries north to Mexico and south to the relatively unexplored Pacific coast of South America. There, Ecuador has a new terminal at Manta, Peru plans a Lima homeport and Peru and Chile have just approved cabotage for foreign-flag ships, moves that could spur new itineraries and open a whole new source market for cruises.