UK Cruise Convention 2011: News, pictures and videos

Travel Weekly is the official media partner of the UK Cruise Convention 2011

The 2011 Ace UK Cruise Convention is better than ever, with four ship visits, onboard conference sessions and a new by-invitation Columbus Day for owners, managers and Ace ambassadors.

Browse the latest issue of our cruise magazine TWcruise – which doubles as the official programme for the event – for an overview of what’s on, plus ship profiles and speaker interviews. Scroll down for news stories and photos from Southampton, and follow @leehayhurst on Twitter for live updates.

TWcruise - The UK Cruise Convention edition



Want more pics? View the Cruise Convention slideshow on travelhub.

Cruise Rocks party at the UK Cruise Convention 2011 The Move-Ons perform at the Cruise Rocks party, UK Cruise Convention 2011 Travel Weekly editor Lucy Huxley addresses the Columbus Day Dinner at the UK Cruise Convention
Co-operative Travel agents on Fred Olsen Balmoral at the UK Cruise Convention Ace chief Flo Powell addresses the 2011 UK Cruise Convention Royal Caribbean treats UK Cruise Convention guests to a show on board Independence of the Seas

All photographs by Steve Dunlop

News and analysis


Carnival commission cuts ‘were UK-specific’
Move would not work in other markets, says Princess’s Swartz

NCL reassessing UK market after Carnival rate cuts
Cruise line ‘concerned’ over levels of discounting

Future growth of cruise depends on pricing – Dingle
Agents and operators must work together, says Carnival UK boss

River cruising growing faster than ocean
Sector grew 8% in 2010, according to PSA figures

Negative perceptions of cruise ‘still rife’
Mail Newspapers survey reveals polarised view of sector

Carnival’s UK training academy ‘will give agents the edge’
US agents who achieve Commodre status sell seven times more

NCL appoints interim boss after MSC defection
Kevin Bubolz takes charge of Europe following Zengerle’s departure

Liverpool terminal could be used as cruise ship base
UK needs more port capacity to support sector’s growth, says Transport Secretary

Social media ‘starting to generate revenue’
But precise returns are hard to gauge, says NCL’s Andy Stuart

Keep investing and stay focused, says Ultimo founder
Don’t rest on your laurels, Michelle Mone tells agency bosses


US muscles in on UK cruise market
Agents are being urged to meet US comeptition for Brits’ bookings by using techniques from across the pond

The programme

Tuesday, May 3

  • Columbus Day onboard  Fred Olsen’s Balmoral at Mayflower Terminal

Wednesday, May 4

  • Main Convention Day onboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas at City Terminal
  • Trade Fair, Ocean Terminal
  • Party Night

Thursday, May 5

  • Breakout sessions on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth at QEII Terminal
  • P&O Cruises Aurora ship visit, Ocean Terminal

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