Cruise conference begins in Miami Beach

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MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - Cruise leaders and experts are meeting to discuss trends and the future direction of the industry at an annual conference in Miami Beach.

Cruise Shipping Miami begins Monday with a series of roundtable discussions on tourism. The four-day conference continues on Tuesday with cruise line executives holding a State of the Industry session. On the panel will be executives from Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Lines, owner of the Carnival Triumph that spent days in the Gulf of Mexico disabled after an engine fire.

Carnival Cruise Lines is part of Miami-based Carnival Corp., which also owned the Costa Concordia that ran aground off the coast of Italy.

The trade show will feature more than 900 exhibiting companies from 123 countries.