Spotlight on… Cruise Conversations Ep.4 Panel

With Episode 4 of our Cruise Conversations series coming up on Tuesday 14th July, we thought we’d shine the spotlight on the world-class panel getting involved in the conversation. Cruise Conversations Ep.4 will focus on The Future of Cruise Hospitality, exploring how Hotel Operations, dining, and housekeeping will need to change to survive COVID-19, as well as how sanitation on the seas will be a key factor in the confidence of returning customers.

To ensure the highest quality sessions possible for you, the viewer, we maintain a high standard when selecting our speakers, providing the key players from across the industry a platform to deliver a broad and knowledgeable discussion. For Episode 4, The Future of Cruise Hospitality, our panel consists of three experts from different walks of the cruise industry:

Stephen Fryers, Cruise Line Consultant

Many will know Stephen Fryers from his thought-engaging, conversation-starting LinkedIn discussions. Bringing knowledge and experience to the cruise community, Stephen’s expertise is based in interior outfitting, working as a consultant to marine companies for over 15 years. Specialising in new build and refurbishment of cruise ship interiors, Stephen has technical proficiency in taking a project from inception to completion. Prior to consulting for the worlds major cruise lines, Stephen Project Managed construction of internal and external spaces on newbuilds for Disney Cruise Line and United States Line, before a 7-year stint as Project Manager at Royal Caribbean, working within the Newbuild and Revitalization Department on fleetwide projects.


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Erik Schobesberger, Vice President of Modernisation & Newbuilding Support | ALMACO Group

Erik Schobesberger is a marine and building technology expert, with experience both in running his own company, and working for large, multi-national technology companies. As the VP of Modernisation & Newbuilding Support at ALMACO Group, Erik is responsible for delivering intelligent digital solutions and building strategy for modernisation and newbuild projects. With experience working with all the major shipyards, as well as Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and MSC, Erik is an established named in the cruise industry. His recent article, The Future of Buffets, explored how cruise lines would serve food in an efficient and safe way in the future, without compromising superior customer experience.

Michael Rollins, Healthcare Environment Hygiene and Infection Prevention Consultant

Michael Rollins is an independent consultant specialising in validation and implementation of healthcare hygiene technology, environmental infection prevention, and integration with patient safety quality improvement initiatives.

He joined UCLH Infection Directorate in 2004 as Project Manager for Department of Health-commissioned research studies into emerging cleaning technologies, including a study of enhanced patient environment cleaning and the impact on healthcare associated infections within the ICU.

His sponsored research & development studies include:

  • Investigation of novel antimicrobial compounds
  • Enhanced hygiene surface modification
  • Validation of proprietary dry steam vapour tools designed for healthcare applications
  • Validation of automated hand hygiene technology

Michael is an active member of the Hospital Infection Society UK, Patron of the National Association of Healthcare Cleaning professionals (AHCP) UK and member of the Education and Training advisory group (NHS Improvement National Standards, Institute of Apprenticeships- Health Care Cleaning Operative Training).


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