ROGER BLUM - PRINCIPAL
As a veteran in the cruise industry, Roger spent 30 years at Carnival Cruise Line successfully managing cost containment, port operations, shore excursions, guest satisfaction, entertainment, onboard revenue, itinerary planning, and new ship start-ups.
Blum’s career at Carnival began when, as an Economics major at the University of Florida, he worked on ships during his vacations. Roger started as a bar waiter and during his 20 years at sea held shipboard management positions as Shore Excursion Manager, Chief Purser, and Hotel Director, responsible for all onboard hotel operations. It was during these years he gained his first-hand knowledge of ports, ship operations, and all aspects of the cruise experience.
Roger came ashore and spent many years in various vice president positions, responsible for hotel operations, port operations, shore excursions, and entertainment. During this period, he worked with worldwide itinerary planning, was responsible for negotiating incentive, homeport, and terminal agreements, as well as all shore excursions. He also developed onboard programming and entertainment that made the Fun Ships famous. He has formed Cruise and Port Advisors, Inc., with the goal of helping ports, destinations, tour operators, and technology companies tailor their products and market their services to meet the needs of cruise lines and their passengers.
It’s his experience in all facets of the cruise industry that allows him to help decision-makers streamline their operation and ultimately maximize their profits. As a Platinum member of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), and a founding member of the Cruise Professional Advisors Alliance (CPAA), Roger is a well-known figure within the cruise industry, He is a frequent expert speaker at Seatrade and other industry conferences, and has access and the respect of the industry’s top executives.
Roger is based at Cruise & Port Advisors office in the heart of the cruise industry, Miami, Florida.