Coronavirus / COVID-19 (4)
2021 JCI European Conference on a cruise ship always was a challenge, even without a pandemic. And COVID-19 is posing the greatest challenge so far. For a long time to come planning events will include an increased amount of uncertainty. As of right now we believe that current developments in Germany and in most European Countries indicate, that 2021 JCI European conference can take place as planned. Although this pandemic is far from over, the number of new infections in most European Countries is considerably lower than at its peak and further decreasing. We sincerely hope this trend continues, but it could also change. To use a famous quote: “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future!”
To be fair and honest, probably not. Although high sanitary standards like using hand sanitizer have been strictly enforces on cruise ships for many years, the cruise industry is working very hard to ensure everybody’s health and safety on board. We will be setting sail in June 2021, so it’s a little bit early to speculate about specific details. Maybe not every new regulation will be something we had wished for – but this will be similar at every conference conducted responsibly in 2021 regardless of the venue.
Yes, we do! Since we are presently confident that we can realize everything as planned, we feel right now is not the time to discuss them publicly. Should the need arise, we will try as hard as we can to negotiate a solution with all stakeholders. As soon as valid facts have been established, we will share our knowledge with you as soon as practical. We feel that’s way better than spreading rumors and communicating uncertainties.
Every 2021 JCI European Conference Cruise registration includes a €350.- conference fee, split up in a €100.- fee for the organization and a €250.- fee for the execution of the conference. In case of a presently unlikely cancellation we reserve the right to keep the €100.- fee for organizing the conference. This money will be used for expenses occurred. All other funds will be returned to you. We think it’s just fair to let you know beforehand about those details, it eliminates the guesswork on your side. Without a small amount to keep in cases of disaster, it might become difficult or impossible to organize and plan conferences in the future. By the way: If a new date will be set, please try to attend!
Sustainability and environment (1)
Every conference is impacting the environment, because it involves people travelling, staying in hotels, renting large venues and preparing a variety of food. This consumes energy, like browsing the web, consuming food or drink or even reading a book at night. In order to compare 2021 JCI European Conference on board a cruise ship to another conference, a detailed analysis is recommended. All energy used on board is created by the ship itself, provided it is not powered by land power in a harbor. That includes energy for the propulsion of the ship, for the preparation of food, but also for all cabins on board. Sometimes certain facts are dismissed insofar as that the ship also provides energy for the entire crew on board, for their cabins, for the preparation of their food – and the crew doesn’t need to commute to work every day. We also think it makes quite a difference if you spend every vacation on a cruise ship or just a few days at 2021 JCI European Conference, connecting people and nations. The City of Rostock can be reached directly by German high-speed trains, a train station is a five-minute walk away from the cruise terminal.
2021 JCI European Conference Cruise will start and finish in Rostock but will also visit Gothenburg, Oslo and Copenhagen. Can I join and leave the cruise at any port?
Yes and no! We regret that we cannot offer reduced pricing for JCI members joining or leaving at other ports of call. You will also be missing out on a great opening ceremony! While leaving our cruise ship AIDAdiva will always be possible in port (you are attending a JCI European Conference, not getting hijacked J), we can only handle a certain amount of people joining us in Gothenburg or Oslo later on. By denying this possibility in general we can accommodate those who cannot manage otherwise. Please notify us before booking or as soon as you are planning NOT to attend from the very first day, June 8th, 2021. After May 31st, 2021 we will not be able to process those requests since harbor authorities need to be informed well in advance.
Yes, of course! 2021 JCI Conference Cruise takes part on board of AIDAdiva as well as in Rostock, Gothenburg, Oslo and Copenhagen. Since ECC 2021 is all about “PartnerShips for our Future” we encourage participants to explore every country and city on our route. Please be back well ahead before departure time.
No, as with every other JCI European Conference day tickets will not be available. Because at ECC 2021 most everything will be included, they would also seem quite expensive.
If you book early, parking is available about 500 m from Rostock Cruise Center for less than € 10.00 per day (also for RVs / Campers, but not for Caravans).
About 500 m, that’s a walk of 6 min. From early 2021 many highspeed trains of Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) will actually stop there.