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  • Start Date: 27 Mar 2023 - 30 Mar 2023
  • Start Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL USA

Seatrade Cruise Global will be returning to Fort Lauderdale, from Monday the 27th of March to Thursday the 30th of March 2023. As always, we cannot wait to attend this year.

It is one of the most incredible ways for the cruise industry to come together from across the world and reconnect in one place. Whatever your specialism within the industry, Seatrade Cruise Global is certainly the place to be this March.

What can you expect?

In a mission to unite the global cruise industry, you can expect:

  • Over 80 cruise line brands

  • Over 10,000 industry attendees from over 85 countries

  • 45 hours of networking opportunities

  • Over 500 unique exhibitors

The world’s cruise brands showing include Carnival, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Viking, The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection, and many more.

Panel discussions

Martin Bennell, Managing Director of Faststream will be taking part in the panel discussion: Positioned with Purpose: Attracting the Next Generation of Talent from 12:00 pm to 12:40 pm on Thursday the 30th of March 2023, located in room 209 A/B.

With the maritime industry currently battling employee shortages and challenges around recruitment, this session will focus on how employers can recruit the best people into their teams.

Martin will join experts in debating what the next generation of maritime professionals will want from their careers and how employers can urgently adapt to attract the future workforce. Expect to hear some key stats from our Cruise Employment Survey Report 2023 too.

This session will delve into key topics including:

  • Onboard crew welfare

  • Employee benefits

  • Retention

  • Where to find future crew

  • The next generation of talent

Find out more here

New for 2023

Seatrade 2023 promises to offer something different for everyone. The event’s new relax and re-energise initiative aims to provide a focus on wellness, in a busy and fast-paced industry.

We love to get involved in important initiatives, so Martin Bennell will be leading and coaching a swim and coaching session at the newly opened International Hall of Fame pool (Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center). The session will take place on Wednesday the 29th of March from 8 am to 9.30 am EST.

As well as being our Managing Director, Martin is the current European Masters Champion and British Record Holder. It is not every day that a full-time Managing Director of a global business can say that.

This is an incredible and once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the best and engage with other industry professionals in a fun and informal setting.

Come along to simply blow away the cobwebs from the night before or kick start the day with a full training session and challenge Martin to a race.

The session is free and open to all Seatrade attendees*

*Must be able to swim 25 yards unaided

Book your place at the wellness Waves Swim here

What else can you expect?

This year’s event will offer:

  • The Opening Night Welcome Reception

  • The Conference

  • The Exhibition

  • The Matchmaking Networking Service

  • Commanders Club/VIP Lounge

  • Parties and Receptions

Opening Night Welcome Reception

The opening night welcome reception offers the perfect opportunity to meet other delegates from day one. You will be welcomed with an impressive opening night gala, which is considered the largest, amongst many, social highlights of the week.

The Conference

Cruising has changed exponentially over the last year and customer expectations are at an all-time high. With this, the conference theme for 2023 is ‘Forward Momentum’.

You can expect conference discussions on the future of the cruise industry, both from a short and long-term perspective. How will the business plans of the cruise brands be affected? You can find out more by attending the conference sessions.

The Exhibition

With over 500 exhibitors in attendance, there will be countless business prospects for you. Exhibitors include those from sectors including technology, entertainment, shipbuilding, hotels, cruise destinations, shipbuilding and beyond.

The Matchmaking Service

The Matchmaking Service is a superb chance to network with cruise brands and other enthusiastic industry professionals. The Matchmaking Lounge offers a destination for private meetings with your contacts or people you have met at the event.

If you are looking to expand your cruise network, be sure to make use of the AI-driven matchmaking service at Seatrade Cruise Global.

Our expert team of recruitment professionals will be on hand for private meetings, so be sure to get in touch to arrange one.

Find out more about what Seatrade Cruise Global can offer you here

What next?

Our Executive Cruise Maritime team will be in attendance, including Martin Bennell, Managing Director, Mike McGrory, Head of Shipbuilding and Andrew Hargroves, Team Leader of Cruise Recruitment.

We will be attending various presentations and networking events over the four days.

Martin, Mike and Andrew are also available to discuss the findings from Faststream’s second edition of the Cruise Employment Report, which highlights key trends and thought leadership from professionals across the cruise industry. You will be one of the first to see the results of this year’s survey.

We'd love to meet up, so please do get in contact and arrange a meeting in advance.

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