Christopher Coates

CEO International Cruise Summit • Cruises News Media Group

Chief Commercial Officer Ambassador Cruise Line
Chris has 38 years’ experience in the passenger shipping industry. He started his career in sales and marketing positions for CTC Lines and Astor Cruises and was later promoted to CTC’s Sales & Marketing Director, Executive Board Member as well as heading up the commercial team.
In May 1996, Chris was part of the team that set up Cruise & Maritime Services to provide bespoke ship brokerage, general sales agency, destination management and entertainment services to the expanding cruise industry. Cruise & Maritime Services was acquired and merged into the Cruise & Maritime Voyages Group in 2011 following the launch of its brand in 2010. Chris became Group Commercial Director and led the international sales and marketing operation with a fleet of six ships and added responsibility for vessel deployment, cruise programming and itinerary planning until July 2020.