Uwe Beckmeyer

Uwe Beckmeyer - Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Uwe Beckmeyer holds the office of Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and is the German Government’s Maritime Coordinator. Mr. Beckmeyer, who was born in Bremerhaven, has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 2002. From 2004 to 2011 he was spokesman for transport policy; since 2011 he has been coordinator for maritime affairs in the SPD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. From 1987 to 1999 Mr. Beckmeyer was a Member of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.

Chris Coates

Chris Coates - Commercial Director, Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Chris Coates is the Commercial Director of CMV and also a stakeholder in the business having joined the cruise industry back in 1983.

During his early career Chris has also worked for CTC Cruise Lines and Astor Cruises in various management positions.

Chris was a co-founder of Cruise & Maritime Services launched in 1996 to provide ship brokerage and general sales agency services before being acquired and merged into the new CMV Group of Companies in 2011.

Chris is based in the UK with key responsibilities covering programme and itinerary planning, pricing models and all sales & marketing related commercial activities.

As an executive board member, Chris is part of the international strategic planning, brand and fleet development team also working closely with the product division.

Sander Groothuis

Sander Groothuis - Director Marine Operations, Windstar Cruises

Captain Sander Groothuis has been with Windstar Cruises since 2009 as Director Marine Operations. In this role, he manages, fleet captains, port operations, fuel procurement, deck department and itinerary review. Since joining Windstar Cruises he has sailed as Captain on their vessels through the Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea, and Pacific Ocean.

Prior to Windstar Cruises, Sander spent fifteen years with Holland America Line advancing from cadet to Staff Captain. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Maritime Science from the Hogeschool Zeeland in Vlissingen, Netherlands and a Master’s Degree in Maritime Economics and Logistics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Kerry Anastassiadis

Kerry Anastassiadis - CEO, Celestyal Cruises

Kyriakos ( Kerry ) Anastassiadis is the CEO of Celestyal Cruises and the current Chairman of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Europe. Prior to taking the helm at Celestyal Cruises, Kerry distinguished himself as General Manager, CEO and President at renowned corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, Polaroid and Aujan Industries. Mr. Anastassiadis’s mother tongues are Greek and English, and he is also fluent in French, Italian and Portuguese. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and raised in Southern Africa, Kerry studied Commerce at the University of Witwatersrand and obtained his postgraduate title in Market Research and Advertising.


Bruce Krumrine

Bruce Krumrine - Vice-President of Shore Excursions, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Australia

Bruce Krumrine is the Vice-President of Shore Excursions for the world’s two most famous premium cruise lines, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, the world’s most famous ultra-luxury cruise line, Seabourn, and Australia’s most popular cruise line, P&O Australia.

His responsibilities include over 10,000 unique shore excursions operated on 44 cruise ships sailing across the globe. This worldwide scope covers over 600 ports, over 135 countries and all seven continents.

Bruce is also responsible for Shore Operations for the Holland America Group in Asia. This includes operational oversight for the deployment of Princess ships in both China and Japan dedicated to serving these growing national markets.

Bruce is a 38 year cruise industry veteran. During his career he has held a number of positions, both onboard and ashore, in the Hotel, Marine, Shore Operations and Shore Excursion departments.

He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Stonehill College, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and a Total Quality Management degree from UCLA. Bruce is an active participant in worldwide cruise tourism associations and conferences.

Hansjörg Kunze

Hansjörg Kunze - Vice President Communication & Sustainability AIDA Cruises

Hansjörg Kunze (57) started his career at the leading German cruise company AIDA Cruises on September 1, 2004 as Director Corporate Communication. In 2007 he additionally took over the responsibility for the Marketing division and was appointed to Vice President Marketing & Communication in December 2010. With the realignment of the company organization on further growth plans, Hansjörg Kunze took up the leadership of the Communication & Sustainability department as Vice President in October 2012. He reports directly to Felix Eichhorn, President AIDA Cruises.

Before joining AIDA Cruises, Kunze worked as radio and TV broadcasting journalist for 12 years, e.g. with Antenne Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and RTL. He was active in competitive sports for many years and crowned his sporting career in 1988 by winning the bronze medal in the 5000 meter track event at the Olympic Games in Seoul (South Korea).

James Langley

James Langley - Head of Marine Operations at Saga Cruises

James Langley joined Saga in 2014 as Marine Superintendent, since 2016 James has been Head of Marine Operations responsible for the Marine elements of the planning and execution of the Saga fleet’s itineraries along with port operations and marine activities.

Prior to joining Saga, James spent 5 years at the International Chamber of Shipping, representing shipowners at the International Maritime Organisation, his policy leads included Navigation, Passenger Ship Safety and Training.  Prior to this James was a Deck Officer at sea on a variety of passenger ships and passenger ferries.

Saga has two small-sized ships, Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II, offering itineraries sailing from the UK to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Caribbean and Canada and offering excellent standards of service, in quality surroundings with inclusive pricing.  Saga is a specialist in the provision of products and services for life after 50. The Saga brand is one of the most recognised and trusted brands in the UK and is known for its high level of customer service and its high quality, award winning products and services including cruises and holidays, insurance, personal finance and publishing.

Wybcke Meier

Wybcke Meier - CEO of TUI Cruises

Wybcke Meier (48) was appointed new CEO of TUI Cruises on October 1, 2014. The qualified travel agent started her career at Fischer Reisen, where she held various positions with managerial responsibility for marketing and sales. After Fischer Reisen was sold to Condor Flugdienst GmbH, she was at the helm of the integration process of the tour operator into C&N Touristic AG. In 2000, Wybcke Meier became head of sales at “Via 1 – Schöner Reisen” online travel shopping channel in Hamburg, a position she held for two years. From 2002 to 2010, she headed sales and marketing as an authorized signatory and member of the management board at tour operator Öger Tours. Most recently, Wybcke Meier was managing director at Windrose Finest Travel and OFT. In her free time, the native of the island of Helgoland enjoys practicing yoga.

Elisabetta de Nardo

Elisabetta de Nardo - Port Operations Director, Silversea Cruises

Elisabetta de Nardo has a University degree in Shipping & Maritime Economics and a Master in Cargo Marine Surveying (London).

After a few years working in cargo shipping, with oil tankers and dry bulk carriers (becoming Director of Operations in 2004), she joined Carnival Group in 2007, as Port Operations Manager for Costa Crociere.

After a growth in her career path (through Head of Port Operations, to Director Port Operations & Development), Elisabetta joined Silversea Cruises in June 2014.

As Port Operations Director, together with her team, she daily faces the fascinating operational challenges of the hundreds of marvellous destinations visited by Silversea luxury cruise ships, including managing all bunker supplies of the ships.

In 2016 Elisabetta has also been appointed to lead the Destination Management/Shore Excursions division for Silversea Classic Fleet.

Gianni Onorato

Gianni Onorato - Chief Executive Officer, MSC Cruises

As Chief Executive Officer of MSC Cruises, Gianni Onorato oversees the Company’s growth from its Geneva-based headquarters and reports to the Board of Directors and to its Executive Chairman, Pierfrancesco Vago.

With over 30 years’ experience in the cruise industry, Mr Onorato has a finely developed understanding of the cruise business and extensive experience in senior executive leadership, having served as President of Costa Cruises from April 2004 to June 2013.

Born in Italy, Mr Onorato graduated from Naples’ Istituto Orientale with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature in 1983, and then specialized at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan and INSEAD in Fontainebleau.

He began his cruise industry career in 1986 at Costa Cruises as Food and Beverage Manager before becoming Cruise Product Director. From 1997 he served as Vice President & Cruise Operations Director and was responsible for logistics and provisioning, as well as all activities relating to calls, excursions and hotel operations.

Marcus Puttich

Marcus Puttich - Head of Port Operations, TUI Cruises

Marcus Puttich, a certified ship agent by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, started his career in the port agency department of Biehl & Company in the ports of Houston and New York. Before joining TUI Cruises in January 2014, Marcus received the degree Bachelor of Arts in Cruise Industry Management from the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences and graduated with a Master of Science with Distinction in Maritime Operations from the Liverpool John Moores University.

Marcus currently holds the position of Head of Port Operations at TUI Cruises and is in charge for worldwide port operations. His responsibilities include but are not limited to the port agency selection, the economic and operational aspects for all ports of call, as well as strategic decision-making. As of June 1st, 2017, Marcus will also be in charge for worldwide ground operations at TUI Cruises.

Michael Schulze

Michael Schulze - Managing Director of Cruising, Phoenix Reisen

Grew up in Norway and Germany
Diplom economist
2 years German Navy -Nautic/Deck
12 years sailing on board cruise ships
11 years Phoenix Head Office as Manager
In total: 23 years cruise business
Companies: Seetours (belonged to TUI, then Deutsche Seereederei later Aida),
Delphin Kreuzfahrten, Hansa Kreuzfahrten, Phoenix Reisen GmbH
Since 2006 Managing Director of Cruising, Phoenix Reisen GmbH Bonn
Favourite and awarded: worldwide itinerary planning
Actual Fleet 4 sea vessels (Amadea, Artania, Albatros, Deutschland) plus
35 river ships worldwide

Harald von der Osten-Sacken

Harald von der Osten-Sacken - Vice President Destination Management Sourcing Costa Group

Harald von der Osten-Sacken joined AIDA Cruises in 1998 after being self-employed in tourism for eight years.  Harald is currently in the position of the Vice President Destination Management Sourcing of Costa Group.

Costa Group comprises of the brands AIDA Cruises, Costa Crociere and Costa Asia with offices in 14 countries. We are operating 27 ships in about 300 ports and we are proud to be the leader in all the major Continental European markets: Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland and Spain. Costa Asia is the first international cruise line entered in China in 2006 to operate homeport cruises.

Harald worked on AIDA vessels for more than 4 years. Since 2002, Harald continued his career in the AIDA Headoffice in Rostock, Germany in various leadership roles like Destination Management, Port Operations, Hotel Operations and Procurement.