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Gothenburg, Sweden, played host to the Summer 2016 Cruise Baltic Meeting, which was attended by over 50 delegates representing 26 partner destinations.
The two-day meeting was held at the Scandic Rubinen, where Cruise Baltic director Claus Bødker led the presentations and activities. He was joined by a panel consisting of Emma Bean, product and planning manager and Claire Spriggs, product and planning executive, both of Thomson Cruises; Rosalind Marshall, shore excursion purchasing executive, Saga; Christian Ceplak, senior manager land operations ocean, Viking Cruises; Javier Rodríguez Sánchez, port operations, guests and travel services director, Pullmantur; and Martin Lister, itinerary and experience development manager, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
Day 1 consisted of presentations by the network’s strategic partners, Scandic and Emirates, who was attending the Cruise Baltic meeting for the first time following the airline committing to a joint agreement with Cruise Baltic in February.
Day 2 saw individual meetings between the cruise lines and their respective destinations, as well as debate sessions on the topics: ‘How to make the most of your cruise network’ and ‘Port Reception Facilities.’
During leisure time over the two days, delegates were taken on a tour of Gothenburg, which included a boat ride on the canal, stopping off at Lilla Bommen harbour; dinner on board boat m/s Carl Michael Bellman, while cruising through the Baltic islands; and a guided tour of the Universeum Science Center and recently-inaugurated rainforest.