Small Ship cruising Expo is different than most online trade shows as we offer a full conference with a great line up of speakers from each of the exhibiting cruise lines. We encourage you to attend these presentations live on the day of the show so that you can ask questions, but they will be recorded so that you can view them at your convenience at any time over the following 30 days.
Craig Satterfield, ECCS
Author, Lecturer, Chat-Host, & Cruise Scholar
Craig Satterfield has been selling cruises for more than 35 years. When the cruise industry was in its infancy, he was one of the very first “cruise only agents” in the country when credibility came from selling airline tickets.
Today Craig has felt the need to give back and help others build their personal brand, find their niche and share his sales and marketing ideas he has used behind the desk for these many years.
He has presented seminars at Cruise World for the last several years, and continues to develop sales and marketing ideas to share with his fellow travel professionals.
Craig has authored his first book, Confessions from the Cruise Scholar, and is the cruise editor of the monthly digital travel magazine, Travel Professional News,
Craig is a CLIA Elite Cruise Counselor Scholar which is rare since it is no longer offered.
In his spare time, Craig is a classical music fanatic and loves to study composers and their compositions. Some of his favorite composers are Igor Stravinsky, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, and of course the masters, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Bach and so many others.
OPENING KEYNOTE: Less is More. The Joy of Sailing on Smaller Ships – Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 9:00am
Event Organizer, Small Ship Cruising Expo
Decades of success traveling the world. Helping others get the life they want and deserve. Mentor of future leaders.
Skilled at promptly assessing complex requirements and designing custom, affordable solutions, thus helping people discover new “AHA!” moments.
Delighting clients to experience new growth through clear communication, mentoring, leadership, and exposure to worldly cultural experience.
Leveraging new technologies to enable high-touch and great personal value for individuals, groups and businesses.
Educating and coaching as a writer, speaker, mentor and trusted travel adviser.
Welcome: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 10:00am
With 19 years of experience on the world’s rivers, our family-owned and operated company has remained focused on what we do best: providing our guests with innovative and unforgettable travel experiences. Our visionary leaders were the pioneers of modern luxury river cruising and have received numerous prestigious awards and accolades. However, we are most fulfilled by the positive feedback we receive from our guests, whom we have always considered a part of our family. Join us, stay awhile and discover Europe, Asia or Africa with us – one river at a time.
Amazing Journeys with AmaWaterways River Cruises: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 10:30 am
Atlas Ocean Voyages
Atlas Ocean Voyages is an inclusive, small ship, luxe-adventure expedition cruise line
All five sister ships will hold just under 200 guests
SeaSpa by Loccitane is the brand’s first ever luxury spa at sea aboard the World Navigator
Atlas Ocean Voyages invites modern explorers to embark on a new style of luxe-adventure travel: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 11:00 am
- Learn about the different programs and unique experiences CroisiEurope has to offer.
- Our programs in France: Nantes, Honfleur, Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon; and our many programs throughout Europe: Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Romania, and The Netherlands.
- Our newest vessel to the family, La Belle des Oceans, which hosts programs throughout the Mediterranean.
- Cruising the French canals in Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne, and Provence on intimate and comfortable hotel barges.
- And programs that explore more exotic destinations: the Mekong in Vietnam and the lake Kariba in Southern Africa.
Croisieurope: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 11:30 am
Daniel Hauptfeld and Sanja Nekic Laginja
Katarina Line vessels cruise by day, providing spectacular views of the Croatian Riviera, hill-dotted island and pristine, unspoiled natural wonders. Dive in crystal-clear waters on daily swimming stops at secluded bays or world-famous beaches, and dock in historical towns just waiting to be discovered. Unlike bigger cruise liners with limited time in ports, Katarina Line vessels dock right in the heart of even the smallest destinations, so guests can leave or re-embark the ship at will and explore UNESCO-protected sites, historical laneways and see the sights of major tourist centres.
Modern vessels with new exclusive itineraries each season
More than 60 vessels in the Katarina Line fleet in 6 vessel categories
Croatia: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Riviera River Cruises
Bruce Metzendorf joined Riviera River Cruises in January 2018 and is the Sales Director, North America, adding to his 30+ years in marketing and sales management and 25+ years in the travel industry.
Riviera River Cruises is the UK’s premium river cruise line where our guests can discover the heart of Europe in an immersive yet leisurely pace, allowing them to explore the towns and villages along all of Europe’s main waterways. Riviera offers luxurious accommodations, superior food and service at highly competitive prices in a warm and inviting atmosphere all with a British flair.
The Hidden Gem of European River Cruising : Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
Kelley has over 25+ years in the travel and cruise industry and has worked for various travel companies. Specializing in river cruising, Kelley has also been a Regional Sales Manager for domestic and international cruise companies. She understands cruise industry particularly small ship cruising and loves helping customers visualize their future dream vacation on a river or yacht cruise.
Scenic Emerald: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 1:30 pm
American Cruise Lines
Mary will be presenting on the regions we cruise, some of our newer itineraries and our brand new modern riverboats.
Cruising Close to Home with American Cruise Lines: Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 2:00 pm