PDC2021 Programme

Day 1 | Monday 26 April 2021

10:30 - 10:45 CET

Welcome and Inauguration

Aris Batsoulis, MedCruise President

Figen Ayan, Director of Professional Development Course

10:45 - 11:15 CET

PDC and guests speakers presentation

Introduction to the post Covid cruise industry

Luis de Carvalho, CEO Bermello Ajamil & Partners Europe

Virginia López, CEO Cruises News Media Group

11:15 - 11:45 CET

Testing and vaccination

The drivers of the reactivation of the industry


Damien O’Connor, EVP and GM Vikand testing solutions

11:45 - 11:55 CET


11:55 - 12:25 CET








12:25 - 13:25 CET







13:25 CET

Coffee break


Challenges and opportunities related to shore excursions and destinations in the post COVID future


Luis de Carvalho, CEO Bermello Ajamil & Partners Europe


Virginia López, CEO Cruises News Media Group



Framing up your destination’s best guest experience

An interactive exercise imagining key elements that make for a best guest experience within a hypothetical destination


Bob Allen, Chief Storytelling Officer & team at IDEAS ORLANDO 



Closing “for now”

Day 2 | Wednesday 28 April 2021

10:30 - 10:35 CET

Introduction by MedCruise

10:35 - 10:45 CET

Introduction to 2nd day's course

Luis de Carvalho, CEO Bermello Ajamil & Partners Europe

Virginia López, CEO Cruises News Media Group

10:45 - 11:15 CET



Life on board: Cruising in the pandemic

Introducing Adam Coulter



11:15 - 11:45 CET






11:45 - 11:55 CET

Virginia López, CEO Cruises News Media Group


The passenger sentiments on the post COVID restart

The travel agent and passenger points of view. UK & US market perspective


Adam Coulter, Managing Editor, Cruise Critic UK


Coffee break


11:55 - 12:30 CET






12:30 - 13:00 CET






13:00 - 13:15 CET


13:15 - 13:30 CET

Let’s talk about port development and, how will ports needs to adapt for post COVID cruise

Introducing Miguel Reyna


Luis de Carvalho, CEO Bermello Ajamil & Partners Europe


Port development

Past, present and future


Miguel Reyna, Chief Development and Asset Management Officer, Cruise Saudi


MedCruise scholar


Farewell & Closing