Cruise Europe’s new Chair

2024-05-28T20:33:31+00:00 May 28th, 2024|Appointments|

Cruise Europe, the association representing cruise ports across Europe, has elected Simone Maraschi (flanked above by Michael McCarthy and Jens Skrede) as its new Chairperson.

With a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to the cruise industry, Maraschi brings a fresh perspective and innovative vision to Cruise Europe.

His election marks an exciting new chapter for the association as it continues to navigate the evolving landscape of the cruise industry, the association said.

Expressing gratitude for his outstanding stewardship over the past 12 years, Cruise Europe extended its thanks to Capt Michael McCarthy for his dedication and contributions to the organisation.

Under his stewardship, Cruise Europe has achieved significant milestones, solidifying its position as a vital entity within the global cruise community, it was claimed.

Membership has grown substantially during his tenure, as Managing Director, Jens Skrede, explained: “Michael’s appointment as Chair in April, 2012 was pivotal. Slowly but steadily, we implemented changes to win back port members who had left, such as Southampton, Hamburg, Reykjavik, Tromsø, or Bordeaux.

“Now, 12 years later, we can proudly say that our recruitment drive was successful. Membership has grown from less than 90 to almost 150 under Michael’s chairmanship. This growth has been key to keeping Cruise Europe´s competitive fee structure,“ he said.

“I am honoured and humbled to have been elected as Chair of Cruise Europe,” added Maraschi.

“I am passionate about fostering collaboration between ports and cruise lines to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for our industry. Together, we can overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and deliver exceptional experiences for cruise passengers.”

Maraschi is Managing Director of Cruise Gate Hamburg, the operator of Hamburg’s cruise centres and brings vast expertise from the national and international cruise industry.

The association said that his leadership and dedication will be instrumental in guiding Cruise Europe forward, as it seeks to drive innovation and promote new technologies and practices that minimise the environmental impact, while at the same time striving for a balance that benefits all stakeholders – ports, cruise lines and destinations.

His election took place during the association’s Annual Conference in Stockholm, where industry leaders, port representatives, and stakeholders gathered to discuss key issues facing the cruise industry and explore opportunities for growth and collaboration.

“We are delighted to welcome Simone as the new Chair of Cruise Europe,” added Skrede.

“His passion for the cruise industry and proven track record of leadership make him the ideal candidate to lead our association into the future. We look forward to working closely with Simone to further strengthen our ambitions for networking and knowledge-sharing among members and cruise lines and to drive continued growth in the European cruise market.“

As Chair of Cruise Europe, Maraschi will work collaboratively with members, stakeholders, and industry partners to address challenges, identify opportunities, and advocate for policies that support the long-term success of the cruise industry in Europe.