2015 Conference: Uniting Australia’s Cruise Future - Darwin

The 2015 Cruise Down Under Conference titled “Uniting Australia’s Cruise Future” was held from the 2nd - 4th September at the Hilton Darwin, Northern Territory.

A record number of speakers were announced for the conference including; Claudius Docekal, Director, Deployment, Destinations & Charter Sales, Azamara Club Cruises, Dwain Wall, COO WorldCruise.cn, Rich Pruitt, Vice President, Safety and Environmental Stewardship, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Darius Mehta, Director Land Programs, Silversea and Michael Hackman, Executive Vice President, Marine Operations & New Ship Building, Star Cruises.

Carnival Australia joined a number of local experts in both plenary and workshop sessions over 2 ½ days.

The program explored a range of topics including:-

  • State of the Industry, Emerging Markets (including China) and Passenger Mix
  • The Destination, Itineraries and Land Programs
  • Ports and the Environmental Footprint of Cruises
  • Logistics, Supplies and Provisions


The conference was sponsored by Tourism NT, Darwin Port Corporation and Tourism Top End, and was one of the strongest programs delivered to date and introduced discussions on broader topics such as environmental, logistics and supply impacts of the burgeoning industry.

Speaker Presentations:

Date: 
Wednesday, 2 September, 2015 to Friday, 4 September, 2015