Past Event


March 14-17, 2005
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Now in its 21st year, the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in March 2005 continued to grow and provide new highlights. The Miami based show, where most of the brands are located, is the world’s largest annual cruise-related event and drew more than 5.000 visitors from 64 countries and regions. The three-day tradeshow and four-day conference has attracted more than a thousand cruise line executives from around the world.

Austrian Poster Stand Exhibitors
  • Auer Interiors,
  • Aurora Marine,
  • Backaldrin,
  • Baumann Dekor,
  • bst,
  • Kral,
  • Living Water Systems,
  • Novomatic,
  • Steyr Motors,
  • Wollsdorf,


The exhibition featured national pavilions as well as special sections for destinations, ship equipment and services, food and beverage, design and technology.

Recognising the growing importance of shipboard lighting and sound technology and the increasing sophistication of cruise ship entertainment venues, a new pavilion had been added to the 2005 exhibition.

The debut of the Super Yacht Symposium marked a milestone for the convention. It covered all aspects of this growing maritime sector and stressed the significant similarities and synergies between the cruise and the yacht sectors.

No doubt, the highlight of the Miami Convention is the State of the Industry Debate chaired by Christopher Hayman from Seatrade and panellists from the major cruise lines. An overview discussion and an analysis of the present state of the industry outline the perspectives of the industry.

The pattern of contracting for new capacities has changed last but not least because of the strong euro-to-dollar exchange rate. After a sustained period of slow activity in the new building market, the last quarter of 2004 saw a total of 10 new ships being ordered, bringing the order book to about 22 ships for delivery into 2009.

Still not enough for the shipyards in Europe, but business is promising for cruise ship builders, equipment suppliers, contractors, designers and architects as fleet renovation is in full swing. As capital investment expenditure on new buildings is low, large-scale upgrading will provide high value orders for the industry. These refurbishings are not simple at all as most of the up to date design trends from new buildings will be incorporated in high profile fleet refurbishments via midbody lengthening projects, and single ship upgrades.

Other areas like re-branding, where ships are transferred between fleets, will generate major refits and open new opportunities for shipyards and equipment suppliers. Meeting new SOLAS regulations will create rebuild scenarios costing nearly half the price of a newbuild.

The industry is back on the track, after 9/11, SARS, Norwalk Virus, Gulf War, typhoons, cancellations of orders, bankruptcy of cruise line operators, fatal accidents, severe freak wave damages, equipment failures, inspection deficiencies, deteriorating prices, and the negative impact of exchange rates. A boosting Wave Season is contributing to buoyant optimism and a very promising outlook in a record year of capacity increases. The cruise shipping community was enjoying an environment of recovery and calmness during this year’s Miami convention.

Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami Beach Convention Center

Joint booth of the Austrian Trade Delegation
New York and AMEM

Kral Pumps and Volumeters
Gregor Fleisch
Richard Leopold
Richard J. Meighan

Andreas Stauber, Austrian Trade Delegation NY
Simon Worgotter; Rolling Pin Cruise
Klaus Pischl, Red Bull
Martin Uhlig, bst

Simon Worgotter, Rolling Pin Cruise
Klaus Pischl, Red Bull
Martin Uhlig, bst
John Kuehmayer, AMEM