‘Shining Stars’ Have Aligned for FCCA’s Marquee Seatrade Event


The stars have aligned for the reimagined version of the marquee dinner event during Seatrade Cruise Global by Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association that represents the mutual interests of destinations and stakeholders throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico, along with Member Lines that operate over 90 percent of the global cruising capacity.

Taking place April 9 at Steakhouse Prime 54, the tables have been set and capacity reached for ‘Shining Stars FCCA Foundation Dinner,’ the invitation-only event coordinated by FCCA and supported by FCCA Member Cruise Lines, with Presidents, CEOs, and more high-level cruise executives hosting tables to raise money for the reintroduction and revisioning of the Association’s charitable arm, the FCCA Foundation.


“I am beyond grateful for the support of our Member Lines and partners to make this event a success,” said Michele Paige, CEO, FCCA. “Of course, the best part of that success is that it represents a foundation for a better future for so many throughout the Caribbean and Latin America because of the relaunch and revamping of the FCCA Foundation.”


Table Hosts

Gus Antorcha, President, Holland America Line; Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line; Felix Eichhorn, President, AIDA; David Herrera, President, Norwegian Cruise Line; Laura Hodges, President, Celebrity Cruises; Natalya Leahy, President, Seabourn; Paul Ludlow, President, Carnival UK; Tom McAlpin, Chairman, Virgin Voyages; John Padgett, President, Princess Cruises; Frank A. Del Rio, President & CEO, Oceania Cruises; Rick Sasso, Chairman, MSC Cruises USA; Josh Weinstein, President & CEO and Chief Climate Officer, Carnival Corporation & plc; and Mario Zanetti, President, Costa Cruises


Event Sponsors

Feature Sponsor: Diamonds International

The event and relaunch of the FCCA Foundation has been supported by a new collaborative partnership with Diamonds International. As part of the partnership, both entities are combining their resources, especially on the focus of direct contact with local communities to determine needs and ways to help that can generate long-term benefits.


Partner Sponsor: Port Everglades

Port Everglades, Florida’s Powerhouse Global Gateway, again showed it is a powerhouse in its support for the FCCA Foundation. This continues its tradition of serving as a Partner Sponsor for previous events to support the Foundation’s efforts.


Table Sponsors

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Calypso Cove; Canaveral Port Authority; Cayman Islands Department of Tourism; Chukka Caribbean Ltd; Effy Jewelry; Huna Totem Corporation; ITM Group; PortMiami; and Port St. Maarten

Branding Promotional Sponsor

Rodman Think Branding LLC


All proceeds will go directly to the FCCA Foundation’s efforts and its revamped focus on building a foundation for youths throughout the Caribbean and Latin America – with primary identified objectives of education, sports, and career-building opportunities to support them in the present and future – while restarting past initiatives including the Holiday Gift Project and annual essay competition.

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