Across two days, Cruise Ship Interiors Conference will host more than 40 expert speakers from the cruise interiors industry. Uniting on June 19-20 will be thought leaders and C-level professionals from the world’s most established cruise lines, design studios, and interior outfitting firms.

Our specially curated conference agenda will explore the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the marine interiors industry, from the ideal drydock to colour tendencies.

Every session at Cruise Ship Interiors Conference is a must-attend, but we understand our attendees are busy people. With so many sessions to choose from (14 to be exact), we’ve decided to make life easier for you and your fellow attendees by selecting the top five must-attend sessions.

Attending these five sessions will ensure you leave Cruise Ship Interiors Conference with a thoughtful and comprehensive overview of the current state of the cruise interiors industry, offer you new ideas and inspiration to enhance future projects and best practices, and encourage you to incorporate sustainability into your existing operations. So even if you’re too busy networking and making connections to attend the remaining sessions, you’ll still walk away with enough knowledge and inspiration to last you until next year!

Day 1 – Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Cruise Industry Outlook: Leaders’ Debate

Kicking off the two-day conference with a keynote session will be some of the industry’s most exciting talents. Moderated by Newton D’souza, chair and associate professor at the Department of Interior Architecture at Florida International University, ‘Cruise Industry Outlook: Leaders’ Debate’ will hone in on key issues, such as: the state of the industry, the impact of the increased rate of newbuilds and refurbishments, tackling limitations of IMO approved materials, how to recruit relevantly experienced staff, and more.

Speaking on the keynote session will be cruise interiors industry experts: Stephen T. Fryers, consultant at Royal Caribbean International; Colin Gant, vice president of vessel refurbishment at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; Petu Kummala, senior director of interior design & architecture at Carnival Cruise Line; George Scammell, director of interior design at Princess Cruises; and Trevor Young, vice president of newbuilding & refurbishment at MSC Cruises.

We’re expecting standing-room only at this session, so secure your seat early!

“I’ve known most of the folks on the panel for years now and I always enjoy hearing their thoughts and what projects they’re working on.”

Colin Gant, vice president of vessel refurbishment, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Sustainability in Design & Operations

After a well-deserved networking lunch, return to the conference hall for arguably one of the most important sessions of the event, ‘Sustainability in Design & Operations’. Spearheading the session will be Tillberg Design of Sweden’s owner & executive project director, Fredrik Johansson; BG Studio International’s president, Francesca Bucci; and Dansk Wilton’s marketing manager and Cradle to Cradle expert, Lone Ditmer.

The session will begin with a special Cradle to Cradle showcase from Dansk Wilton, after which the panel will discuss the importance of incorporating sustainability into design processes, as well as looking at recent case studies and in situ examples.

Day 2 – Thursday, June 20, 2019

Design Trends 2022

The second day of the Cruise Ship Interiors Conference kicks off with ‘Design Trends 2022’. Moderated by Carnival Cruise Line’s senior interior designer, Elizabeth Cazau, this panel session will open up conversation surrounding upcoming design trends, with our expert panel forecasting trends to come across the next three years. During the day two keynote session, seasoned designers will explore how design is evolving and maturing to become increasingly similar to landside design, delve into the impact of millennials as the new demographic, and contemplate the importance of using sustainable products.

Prophesizing trends as far into the future as 2022 will be industry experts: Javier Calle, founding partner at Studio DADOAndy Yuill, managing director at SMC Design; David McCarthy, director of marine projects & communication at AD Associates; and Helena Sawelin, partner, senior interior designer & project director at Tillberg Design of Sweden.

Once again, we’re anticipating this session will fill out quickly, so grab a coffee and get down early!

Extending the Life Span of a Cruise Ship

Learn how to extend the life span of older vessels and gather tips for creating multipurpose spaces onboard cruise ships in this session moderated by Seabourn’s director of interior design & operations, My Nguyen. With limited space onboard cruise ships, maximizing your real estate is vital. In this session, industry experts from cruise lines, design studios, and outfitting firms will share their expertise with attendees.

Speaking on the session will be Lisa McCabe, vice president of revitalization and hotel refurbishment at Carnival Cruise Line; Michael Colebourn, CEO of Trimline; Boris Ruskovsky, senior director of vessel refurbishment at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; and Vertti Kivi, CEO of DSIGN VERTTI KIVI & CO.

Women’s Leadership Forum

Featuring a panel of industry thought leaders and decision-makers, the ‘Women’s Leadership Forum’ is an event not to be missed. Designed to showcase female talent in a male-dominated sector, this session will benefit all attendees who are looking to improve their leadership skills and understand the challenges surrounding gender disparity in the industry. In this session, moderated by the president of Global Marine & Hotel Interiors, Anna Jenei, panellists will discuss the meaning of leadership, challenges facing women in the industry, how to develop young talent, the importance of team members and culture, how to instigate real change and more key concepts.

Spearheading the forum will be Dee Cooper, senior vice president of design at Virgin Voyages; My Nguyen, director of interior design & operations at Seabourn & Holland America Line; Petra Ryberg, head of design at P&O Australia; and Felicia Zwebner, CEO of the FZ Collection.

“I will be speaking about a topic that is really close to my heart and what I believe is one of the most important topics for any business and country to lift and focus on.” – Petra Ryberg, head of design, P&O Australia

If you like the sound of these sessions, there’s plenty more where those came from. Join us at the Miami Beach Convention Center on June 19-20 for some unforgettable conference sessions, designed to inspire. Cruise Ship Interiors Conference is completely free-to-attend; simply register online for your free pass to gain access to two days of conference sessions, networking, and a show floor of 250+ IMO certified suppliers.