Tourism & Cruises

The annual meeting of the biggest names in cruising is coming back to Miami Beach

From left, cruise ship executives Vincenzo Petrone and Arnold Donald look over a model of a Holland America Line cruise ship, with David Dingle and Micky Arison, at right, during the Cruise Shipping Miami conference (now Seatrade Cruise Global) at the Miami Beach Convention Center on March 17, 2015.
From left, cruise ship executives Vincenzo Petrone and Arnold Donald look over a model of a Holland America Line cruise ship, with David Dingle and Micky Arison, at right, during the Cruise Shipping Miami conference (now Seatrade Cruise Global) at the Miami Beach Convention Center on March 17, 2015. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The cruise industry’s largest annual meeting is returning to the cruise capital of the world.

After a three-year stint at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center, Seatrade Cruise Global will return to Miami for its 35th iteration in 2019. The show, a collaboration between Seatrade, the Cruise Lines International Association, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association and the South Florida cruise community, will take place at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center from April 8 to 11.

The show originally moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2016 as the Miami Beach venue began renovations — but it was always expected to return to Miami once the convention center was completed. Despite some setbacks from Hurricane Irma, the Miami Beach Convention Center is set to be substantially complete by August 2018.

Seatrade, which draws the top executives in the business and features sessions on ports of call, energy efficiency, technology, public health issues, innovation and other subjects, will still take place in Fort Lauderdale this year from March 5 to 8. The event typically draws 11,000 registered attendees, more than 700 exhibiting companies from 113 companies, and more than 300 international journalists.

The 2019 event will take place in Miami Beach from April 8 to 11. The 2018 event will still take place in Fort Lauderdale from March 5 to 8.

For its return to Miami Beach in 2019, showrunners are planning a “Cruise Week” extravaganza that will begin with the Cruise Lines International Association’s Cruise360, a professional development event for travel agents, from April 3 to 8 in the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, followed by Seatrade in Miami.

In addition to exhibitions and panels, show events in 2019 will take place at surrounding hotels. Port Everglades and PortMiami will also host ship tours for attendees.

The four major cruise companies — Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC — all have plans for new technology that over the next decade will transform cruising into an easier, line-free experience.

“Miami Beach is thrilled to once again host Seatrade Cruise Global in 2019, a signature convention for our community over the years,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said in a news release.

Seatrade’s brand director, Chiara Giorgi, said showrunners are excited to continue showing the impact the cruise industry has in South Florida with 2019’s event.

“There is a such a connection to cruise throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties and we look forward to sharing that story as an industry,” she said.

Chabeli Herrera: 305-376-3730, @ChabeliH

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