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Ocean Liner Conference 2024

Ocean Liner Conference


On October 8th and 9th 2024, ss Rotterdam will be hosting a passenger shipping conference, expressly designed to bring the aura of the liners to enthusiasts and aficionados. Join us aboard the iconic ss Rotterdam for a unique event celebrating the grandeur of passenger shipping. Set against the backdrop of one of the most prestigious ships in maritime history, this conference promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Save the dates – October 8th and 9th, 2024 – and embark on a journey through the golden age of ocean travel.

Importance of Maritime Heritage Preservation

At the heart of the Rotterdam Conference lies a deep appreciation for maritime heritage preservation. Witness the transformation of historic vessels like the SS Rotterdam, saved from the brink of destruction and reimagined as living tributes to a bygone era. Learn about the challenges and triumphs of preserving ocean liner history, and celebrate the legacy of iconic ships that continue to inspire awe and wonder.

Conference Program Overview

Prepare to be captivated by a rich and diverse program that offers a comprehensive exploration of the fascinating world of ocean liners and cruise ships. Our lineup of speakers and engaging presentations will take you on a journey through the design, operation, and history of some of the most iconic vessels to ever grace the seas!

Lectures and Presentations:

  • Dive into the allure of the legendary French Line’s France with a special video presentation featuring father and son Ralph and Philippe Hartl. Experience firsthand accounts and never-before-seen photographs of this maritime masterpiece.
  • Explore the Italian Line’s mid-1960s Michelangelo and Raffaello, two sister ships that sailed the Mediterranean route from Genoa to New York. Delve into the unique design and decor of each vessel, expertly described by noted Italian Line expert Ian Sebire.
  • Gain insights into the modern era of transatlantic travel with Captain Aseem Hashmi, one of the two Masters of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Discover what it’s like to command the last remaining transatlantic liner and learn about Cunard Line’s storied history.
  • Step into the world of ship interior design with Fredrik Johansson, Partner and Art Director of Tilberg Design AB. Learn about the creative process behind iconic spaces onboard Queen Mary 2, including the renowned Britannia Restaurant.
  • Hear from Clement Mousset, founder of CFC Cruises, as he shares the remarkable journey of bringing a passenger ship back “from the dead.” Discover the challenges and triumphs of refurbishing the former Holland America Line Maasdam and relaunching her as Renaissance, a testament to the resilience of the French cruise market.

Panel Discussions and Q&A Sessions:

  • Engage with our expert speakers in panel discussions and interactive Q&A sessions, where you’ll have the opportunity to delve deeper into the intricacies of ocean liner history, design, and preservation.

Networking Opportunities:

  • Connect with fellow enthusiasts and industry professionals during networking breaks and social events, fostering new friendships and collaborations in the world of maritime heritage preservation.

Join the Ocean Liner Conference

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary event! Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this conference offers something for everyone. Register now to secure your spot and immerse yourself in the world of classic ocean liners. Take advantage of our combined conference and accommodation packages for a truly immersive experience. Join us aboard the ss Rotterdam and embark on a journey through maritime history that will leave you inspired and informed.

Register now!

The Rotterdam Conference offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating world of ocean liners and cruise ships. Whether you’re a seasoned maritime aficionado or simply curious about this fascinating aspect of history, our program promises to enlighten, inspire, and entertain.

Join us aboard the SS Rotterdam for an unforgettable experience that celebrates the timeless allure of passenger shipping.