Despite the challenges that the economy has had on most areas of the travel industry, cruise industry leaders remain optimistic about continued growth and success in bringing groups to their ships.

Cindy Bertram from Leisure Group Travel spoke with cruise industry executives to get their input and ideas on positives they are seeing as well as tips and insights for group leaders.

Participating were Ron Gulaskey, director, corporate sales and charters, Celebrity Cruises; Mike Julius, managing director, U.S. sales, Carnival Cruise Lines; Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, Holland America Line; Richard Sasso, president and CEO, MSC Cruises; Janice Tully, CTIE, senior vice president, sales, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection; and Maurice Zarmati, president and CEO, Costa Cruises North America.