Cruise Conversations Live is the conference program at Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas (CSI) and Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo (CSH), and is brought to you by our official Conference Partner Passenger Ship Interior & Refurbishment Review and our Conference Sponsor NEWH.

The conference is the place to hear top industry experts discussing the major topics of the day – as well as being a great place to rest your feet after a busy day on the show floor. Cruise Conversations Live covers a wide range of important industry topics – take your pick from the day 2 sessions below and start to plan your day at CSI! Click here for day 1 sessions.

Keynote – the Business Case for Sustainability

Day 2, 10.15-11.15am

Innovation and sustainability go hand in hand. This session debates how the cruise design ecosystem can as a whole start to mandate sustainable practices and processes across suppliers, shipyards, cruise lines, outfitters and contractors. And it asks – how do you prioritize when there are so many aspects to consider within sustainability: health and wellness, environmental impacts, circularity, waste reduction and social equity?

  • Where are the design challenges for an environmentally-friendly product?
  • Products and materials: where is the innovation happening, and what will it take for more innovation in the supply chain?
  • Suppliers: what are the critical questions which specifiers need to put to the suppliers they are looking to work with?
  • What impacts can each party in the design ecosystem make?
  • What could the circular economy in cruise interiors look in five years’ time
  • How to make the business case for sustainability?

This session is exclusive to VIPs and CSI Plus Members


  • René Dupont, Director | Hammer/Ege


  • Bergen Hubert, Manager, Built Environment Americas | Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
  • My Nguyen, Design Director, Interior Asset Management | Holland America Group serving Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and P&O Australia
  • Nedgé Louis-Jacques, Senior Designer | Tomas Tillberg Design

Adam Tihany speaking at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe 2019

We Are One Cruise Industry: Standardizing Health & Hygiene

Day 2, 12.15-1.15pm

Creating a safe and healthy environment on board is critical for confidence and for the guest experience. This session looks at the possibility of creating uniformity in health and hygiene across the cruise brands and across different geographical areas. Our expert panel will address these front and centre questions: 

  • Where is the bar set for health and hygiene in cruise? 
  • How do the regulations and standards differ across the regions – North America/ Asia / Europe / UK?
  • Where are new innovations supporting best practice? 
  • Return to service: how are guests reacting? 
  • Cruise line case studies: what do onboard health & hygiene protocols look like today? 
  • What’s next for maintaining a healthy cruise environment, and how can hygiene policies and training support cruise lines into the future?  


  • Marcel Kind, Managing Director | Simwave


  • Captain Patrik Dahlgren, Senior Vice President, Global Marine Operations | Royal Caribbean Group
  • James Mitchell, Vice President, Marine HSEM (Health – Safety – Environment – Medical) | Norwegian Holding Group
  • Paul Morgan, Vice President of Compliance and Quality Assurance | VIKAND Solutions

Audience participation at Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Europe 2019

Delivering Lighting Projects through Adaptation & Collaboration

Day 2, 2.45-3.30pm

Project teams have needed to adapt their traditional working practices as travel restrictions limited in-person site visits. This pressing necessity to adapt becomes exciting as we look now at possible next iterations for lighting projects. This session considers what changes have been instigated across the start-to-finish design process? From design to installation to commissioning, what have been the most pressing challenges from owner, designer and manufacturer perspectives? 

  • How and where have expectations changed? Where next?
  • How do expectations around quality fit with the guest experience?
  • What have been the key learnings from remote inspections?
  • Which (new) tools would our panel not be without?
  • What have been the processes for approvals, signoff and commissioning of custom fixtures (mockups) as well as spaces onboard?
  • Owner’s perspective: what have been the owner’s experiences of virtual delivery?
  • Since lighting represents the final “polish” which brings the space together, what are the considerations where the outcomes have been somehow compromised? How might this impact the working parties?


  • Michael Riotto, CEO | MRD – Lighting Design
  • Jiri Vasicek, Northeast Area Manager | Lasvit

Check out the full Cruise Conversations Live program and find out more about the show here!