Christopher Allen is the Vice President of Deployment & Itinerary Planning for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and assists with Azamara Club Cruises. Christopher has been involved with Deployment and Itinerary Planning since early 2007 and has had the pleasure of partnering with many destinations as the industry has expanded globally. Christopher leads a small talented team which works closely with internal stakeholders to develop optimal itineraries for ships as small as 100 guest Celebrity Flora the largest and newest ship in the world Symphony of the Seas.
During his tenure, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD has more than doubled the number of unique destinations visited and today the brands operate many diverse itineraries calling upon over 500 destinations on all seven continents.
Vice President Government Relations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Ukko Metsola is Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s (RCL) Vice President for Government Relations in Europe and Asia.
In this role he is responsible primarily for the development, planning and execution of RCL’s policies and objectives involving legislative and regulatory matters.
He reports to President& COO of RCL Adam Goldstein. Metsola has served RCL with similar responsibilities since 20
07, first as an outside consultant to the company. He started in his current position at the beginning of 2016. Ukko is a Finnish citizen who started his political career as Senior Adviser in the Finnish Parliament and then in the Prime Minister’s Office (Helsinki).
He is a graduate from the University of Helsinki and from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship. He is based in Brussels, Belgium.
Craig has held various management positions in the travel industry over the last 35 years. He is currently the VP - Itinerary/Destination Development for Virgin Voyages. His previous positions include Chief Operating Officer of Brightline (new high speed rail operator in Florida), President of Royal Celebrity Tours at RCL , SVP - Land Operations at RCL, President and CEO of SunTrips/Sunquest, Vice President of E-commerce at the North American Leisure Group and various positions with Eastern Airlines, Continental Airlines, Pan American World Airways and New York Air.
Miguel A. Reyna
Miguel A. Reyna plans and implements worldwide infrastructure and port developments to support the deployment of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) fleet. Miguel joined RCL in 2001 and he currently oversees the commercial, operational and financial performance of a multimillion dollar portfolio of worldwide port investments. Miguel and the Commercial Development team continuously evaluate future port development opportunities to anticipate and meet cruise infrastructure demand and work with new and existing destinations around the world to create sustainable business models for infrastructure development. One of his current port developments is the construction of a Miami landmark, the “Crown of Miami”, the newest iconic cruise homeport terminal facility at the Port of Miami scheduled to open in October 2018. The Crown of Miami will serve as the new home for two Oasis class ships, Symphony of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas.
Born in Peru, he holds a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad of Lima, Peru, a Master’s Degree in Policy Analysis from the Harriman School at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Group Commercial Director of the CMV Group and also a stakeholder in the business having joined the cruise industry back in 1983. During his early career Chris has also worked for CTC Cruise Lines and Astor Cruises in various management positions. Chris was a co-founder of Cruise & Maritime Services launched in 1996 to provide ship brokerage and general sales agency services before being acquired and merged into the new CMV Group of Companies in 2011. Chris is based in the UK with key responsibilities covering vessel deployment and programme, itinerary planning, pricing and yield management and all sales & marketing related commercial activities. As an executive board member, Chris is also part of the international strategic planning, brand and fleet development team.
Nicolai Skogland is Senior Port Operations Manager at Viking Cruises for the fast growing line’s ocean going ships. He oversees Viking’s relationships with port authorities and agents, the guest turn-around experience and the fleet’s bunkering needs.
Originally a Norwegian native, Nicolai moved to Switzerland 3 years ago and now lives in Basel with his family.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Lotfi completed a Hospitality Management degree in 2002 and started off working in Hotels. In 2009, he joined Royal Caribbean International, Lotfi sailed for 6 years on a variety of ships and travelled the world while serving as Guest Services Manager. He then joined the RCL Cruises Ltd office in the UK in 2015 where at first he was assigned to manage the guest experience for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises brands in a variety of turnaround ports, now it has been a year that he focuses on the guests and ships experiences in all the Northern European ports. Part of his job is to work and maintain a close relationship with the local ports officials and nominated agents while working with the various internal office based employees. Lotfi also holds a PFSO Certificate and often participates in Ports & Destinations summits