• #IAPH2023
  • 31 October – 2 November 2023 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Barbara Buczek

Cruise Saudi

Chief Asset Management and Operations

Barbara Buczek is Cruise Saudi’s Chief Asset Management and Operations Officer. Having joined the company in 2021, Barbara’s previous role was Group Chief Commercial Officer at the Port of Dover, in the UK, a leading role in the development of the Group’s business portfolio including ferry, cruise, cargo, marina and property.

A law and business graduate with over two decades of professional experience in the cruise and port industry, Barbara has been instrumental in developing relationships with international cruise lines and promoting Cruise Saudi to a global audience.

With Saudi fast becoming an increasingly attractive tourist destination, a crucial element of Barbara’s role at Cruise Saudi includes overseeing the port and terminal operations teams at Jeddah, Yanbu and Dammam. There are ambitious plans to increase the number of ports equipped to welcome cruise ships to 10 within the next decade. She is also responsible for the guest experience and curating shore excursions. 

Sessions With Barbara Buczek

Tuesday, 31 October

  • 04:15pm - 05:00pm (GST) / 31/oct/2023 12:15 pm - 31/oct/2023 01:00 pm

    Sector Focus: Cruise

    The cruise sector has effectively rebooted following the industry standstill due to the pandemic. With a full recovery and an influx of new tonnage on the horizon to replace an ageing global fleet, this session will explore how ports can support cruise shipping in established and emerging locations in terms of emissions reductions, health and safety, local community outreach and digitalization.