6 -7 June 2024

Miami Beach Convention Center

Cruise Industry Outlook: Leaders’ Debate

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With the global cruise order book showing a strong increase in newbuild vessels and an increase in cruise refurbishments, the industry is experiencing a squeeze on capacity at shipyards and outfitters, and an impact on demands for materials. As a niche industry, and one which differs in so many ways from land-based businesses, finding the right staff with the right experience is proving to be business-critical. Our expert panel shared views on the current state of the industry and identified where the opportunities exist.

  • State of the industry: what does the newbuild order book look like for the near to medium-term future?
  • What are the effects of an increase to newbuilds and concurrent increase in refurbishments?
  • How are the shipyards responding to capacity issues?
  • How can the cruise ship interiors industry tackle the impacts of limitations of IMO approved materials? What are the challenges for the supply chain?
  • Where are the opportunities for new innovative materials?
  • What are the challenges around recruiting experience staff? And how can these challenges be turned into opportunity?
  • What are the concerns regarding the economy and the cruise ship interiors industry?
  • How does land-based design (and therefore skill sets) differ?
  • Is the growth in the expedition market sustainable?

Session Speakers

Newton D’souza

Chair and Associate Professor, Florida International University

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Stephen Fryers

Cruise Line Consultant, Royal Caribbean Cruises

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Petu Kummala

Senior Director of Interior Design & Architecture, Carnival Cruise Line

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George Scammell

Director Interior Design & Operations, Holland America Group, Princess Cruises

Colin Gant

Vice President, Vessel Refurbishment, Norwegian Cruise Line

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Trevor Young

Vice President Newbuilding & Refurbishment, MSC Cruises