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​Cruise Connections is a one-day conference to be held in Seattle on January 19, 2018. The Port of Seattle, Cruise Line International Association – Northwest & Canada (CLIA-NWC) and Visit Seattle will co-sponsor the conference.

The event will bring together cruise industry representatives with local businesses and tourism partners interested in learning about the industry overall and how to pursue potential business opportunities. This complimentary event is expected to attract about 250 participants.

Cruise Connections Program (abbreviated)


State of the Industry: Cruise line executives from Holland America Group, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line will describe industry trends world-wide, market growth overall and how Alaska’s continued popularity creates opportunities for Seattle’s thriving cruise industry. The panel will be moderated by Seth Wayne, KOMO Television and avid cruiser. 

Morning Sessions:

Operations & Vessel Suppliers: Cruise ships are small cities with many needs. Learn what cruise lines are buying, which items are sourced in Seattle and requirements for vendors. 

Pre & Post Tours, Attractions & Partnerships: Seattle is a cruise homeport which means the city interacts differently with passengers than a stop along a cruise itinerary. What does this mean for cruise lines and selecting shore excursions?

Learn how cruise passengers spend their two days in the Seattle region before and after their cruise. A recent Port of Seattle survey provides the details. You’ll also learn about the Port’s community tourism partnerships and grant program.


Afternoon Sessions:

Food and Beverage Suppliers: Cruise lines provide exceptional culinary experiences on board every cruise. That extraordinary meal begins with quality ingredients. Find out what’s on a cruise ship’s grocery list each week and learn about the potential of providing those products.

Homeport Operations (An Overview): Cruise ships arrive in Seattle in the early morning and in a 10-hour window, luggage is off loaded, passengers depart and the ship is ready for food and beverage provisions, luggage, supplies and fuel for the next voyage.

Gain an understanding of how this carefully orchestrated operation works to get the ship out on time. Meet the key players in cruise terminal operations, security, stevedore services, US Coast Guard and Sea-Tac Airport. Understand the cruise line’s priorities for the guest experience and get a glimpse of the staffing, infrastructure and transportation needed to accommodate today’s cruise ships. 

Networking Reception: 4–6 p.m.

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phone: (206) 787-3424