Cruise Conversations Live is Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas’ (CSI) conference program, brought to you by our official Conference Partner Passenger Ship Interior & Refurbishment Review and our Conference Sponsor NEWH. During 7 – 8 June 2022, you will be able to hear directly from peers, competition and buyers as industry leaders representing the world’s most established cruise lines, design firms, suppliers and more weigh in on the most pressing issues and trends facing the cruise industry. Whether it’s global supply chain constraints slowing project completion dates or the growing importance of designing for longevity and sustainability, you are sure to come away from this conference equipped with a thorough, up to date understanding of the current industry. With so many exciting and thought provoking sessions on the way, we have compiled the four Cruise Conversations Live conference sessions you won’t want to miss in this article. Check them out below.

Keynote – Leaders’ Debate

Day 1, 11.30am – 12.20pm

In the first keynote of Cruise Conversations Live 2022, join the leaders of the cruise interiors industry as they share their thoughts on the current challenges and opportunities across both the newbuild portfolio and refurbishment projects. With speakers representing Holland America Group, MSC Cruises, Hurtigruten Expeditions, and Royal Caribbean Cruises, hear insights directly from leading cruise lines. At the end of this keynote, you will come away with an informed insight into the outlook for future interior projects and market conditions, the newest and most innovative materials, as well as how designers can help the industry attract new cruisers. This session is a must attend for anybody involved in the cruise interiors industry.


Lawrence Rapp, Principal Consultant, Cruise Line Newbuilding and Operations | Seawise Consulting Group


  • George Scammell, ASID, IIDA, Design Director, Interior Asset Management | Holland America Group, serving Princess Cruises
  • Sascha Lang, Vice President, Architectural Design – Newbuild & Innovation | Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
  • Thomas Westergaard, Vice President | Hurtigruten Expeditions
  • Trevor Young, Vice President of Newbuilding | MSC Cruises
George Scammell speaking at Cruise Conversations Live 2021

What Makes Great Design Great?

Day 1, 3.10pm – 4pm

There are many aspects that make up great design. Most importantly, it must be both beautiful and functional. Accomplished designers know how to draw their audience in; invoking an emotional connection in their guests as they respond to their environment. It’s the experience of design which then creates lasting impressions. In a visual-rich session, our panel of distinguished experts and designers will show you some glorious examples of great design, as well as taking you through the design journey from initial concepts to realizing the design intent. You will also be given the know-how to take your designs to the next level with insights into how designers can inspire people to want to cruise, the latest innovations in tech and materials, exciting new suppliers, and how to effectively design within a budget.


Lauren Somers Pelusio, Vice President of Design | Richloom Contract


  • Andy Yuill, Managing Director | SMC Design
  • Javier Calle, Founding Partner | Studio DADO
  • Trond Sigurdsen, Chairman | YSA Design
Hundreds of delegates gathered to hear expert insights at Cruise Conversations Live 2021

Keynote – Addressing Project Delivery Challenges

Day 2, 11.30am – 12.20pm

Cruise Conversations Live will reconvene on day two of Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2022 with the keynote ‘Addressing Project Delivery Challenges’. Refurbishment projects have been impacted by the world-wide pressures on availability of raw materials and distribution constraints. With projects to execute, cruise owners are frustrated at the lack of choice due to unavailability of products and are looking at much extended delivery lead times. Where lead times do not match project itineraries, refurbs are being scaled back.

This must attend session aims to raise awareness of the challenges which uniquely face each of the stakeholders today in large refurbishment projects. This is a conversation which has direct relevance to every single player in the project team and across the supply chain – from the owners and designers right through to the suppliers and contractors onsite.


Stephen Fryers, Project Manager and Cruise Line Consultant | STF Project Management Marine Specialists


  • Helena Sawelin, Partner and Business Director | Tillberg Design of Sweden
  • Jason Dodd, Multi-line FF&E Representative | Jason Dodd and Associates
  • John Paul Brigneti, Founder & Principal | JPB Global Trade Solutions
  • Michele Masini, Director Refit Business Unit | De Wave Group

Sustainability Keynote – Designing to Last

Day 2, 3.10pm – 4pm

Day two of CSI 2022 will be themed around the growing importance of sustainability to the cruise industry. For this, we are eager to bring you the dedicated sustainability keynote: ‘Designing to Last’. What better way to end CSI 2022 than to unite in building a more sustainable industry?

The lifespan of a cruise interiors space is currently determined by the vessel’s drydock program. Join leading designers as they look beyond these parameters and ask – what if cruise interiors were design to last beyond the next refurbishment window? What would it take to design for the longer term at the outset, and to simply retouch, repair and refresh when in drydock? What environmental wins could be achieved if refurbishment projects aimed to discard substantially less material?

Come away from this session with the most up to date knowledge from hearing enlightening discussions on sustainable materials, considerations for future proofing designs, designing for brand alignment and many more.


Yohandel Ruiz, Founding Partner | Studio DADO


  • My Nguyen, Director Interior Design | Holland America Group
  • Dee Cooper, Senior Vice President of Design & Customer Experience | Virgin Voyages
  • Petra Ryberg, Principal Designer & Owner | Studio Berg+ and former Head of Design | P&O Australia
  • Joanna Gonzalez-Guerra, AVP, Architectural Design, Newbuild & Innovation | Royal Caribbean Group
Dee Cooper speaking at Cruise Conversations Live 2021

Engaging workshops

In addition to these four inspiring conference sessions, three brand new workshops will also be taking place on the show floor. These are a must attend for cruise interiors suppliers as they cover a range of topics, from getting certified to understanding and taking part in the circular design economy. The workshop sessions include:

Marine Design 101

Day 1, 10.30am – 11am | SMC Design Booth – No. 1065

Materials Circularity in Cruise Interiors

Day 2, 10:30am – 11am | Steen Friis Design Booth – No. 787

Is it Intrinsically Green? Utilising Certifications to Demonstrate Green Credentials

Day 2, 2:30pm – 3pm | CSI Plus Lounge (Sponsored by YSA Design)

Are you interested in learning about the latest innovations in cruise interiors? Learn more about Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America here.