The Ultimate Guide to Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas (CSI) is a highly focused cruise interiors industry trade show organised by Elite Exhibitions, a Brighton-based event organiser. It is the only event catered to connecting the buyers and suppliers of the cruise design industry. This free to attend cruise expo hosts multiple networking opportunities, an inspirational conference, and hundreds of exhibitors all under one roof. To find out more, read our CSI show information and FAQs.
CSI debuted in 2019 at the Miami Beach Convention Center and has since grown into a truly global event, with a sister show launching in Europe, Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Europe. This growth wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the cruise interiors industry. Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas is extremely fortunate to be working with the brightest minds and most established designers in the industry who make up its advisory board. These industry leaders help shape the focus of the event. CSI also owes much of its success to the backing of its incredible sponsors and supporters.
The Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas brand has undergone some changes since its first launch. In early 2019, CSI changed its logo. Later, in September 2019, CSI revealed new branding and a new logo. Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas also previously ran a co-located show, Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo. This was merged with Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas at the start of 2022 based on event feedback from 2021.
Exhibiting at Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas
CSI hosts hundreds of imo certified exhibitors all under one roof at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This places them in front of representatives from the world’s leading design firms, cruise lines, outfitters and shipyards, who attend CSI looking to do business with the industry’s best suppliers.
In addition to unrivalled networking opportunities at North America’s only interiors focused cruise industry event, our marketing team also offer CSI exhibitors dedicated exhibitor support. This includes an exhibitor manual, a unique visitor registration link, accommodation through booking at our partnered hotel, a hosted buyer program, as well as pre-written social posts and digital banners.
Visiting Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas is the only event for the cruise interiors industry in North America. Over two days, it hosts hundreds of innovative exhibitors at its vibrant cruise exhibition, unrivalled networking events, a leading conference and more. Find out what’s on at CSI here. As a specialist cruise industry trade show, CSI is attended by the entire cruise interiors community, from representatives of leading cruise lines and shipyards to leading suppliers and cutting-edge design firms and provides many networking opportunities. In addition to attending CSI, you can also network with key members of the community at our official partnered hotels. Find out more and book your hotel place here.
Industry buyers can apply for a VIP pass to receive exclusive access to the VIP lounge, Speed Networking sessions, on site guided tours of the cruise expo and more. Find out more about the VIP experience in our blog, a day in the life of a VIP.
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2023
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2023 will be CSI’s biggest show yet as the industry returns to pre-pandemic levels. On 6 – 7 June 2023 at Miami Beach Convention Center, CSI will host exhilarating networking events, a world-leading cruise industry conference program and opportunities to meet with the best cruise suppliers. At CSI, you will be able to meet with 225 of the industry’s biggest exhibitors and over 50 prominent cruise lines. Exhibiting suppliers include Marine Interiors, Somec Group, De Wave Group, MJM Group, Bolidt and more.
This year’s edition of Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas will introduce many new features. These include the newly launched Hotel & Resort Design South (HRDS), which will be taking place alongside CSI. HRDS caters exclusively to those involved in the design of world-class hotels, resorts and private island destinations. Popular features including workshops and speed networking sessions will also be returning.
Cruise Conversations Live 2023
For its fourth edition, Cruise Conversations Live will exclusively be taking place on day two of CSI. This cruise industry conference will feature both keynote sessions and workshops led by a panel consisting of the industry’s most prominent shipyards, cruise lines and suppliers. Each year, the conference program is designed to address the cruise interiors industry’s most pressing topics and trends, with Cruise Conversations Live 2023 being no exception.
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2022
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas is constantly looking for more ways to reduce its impact on the environment. As a result, in 2022, CSI released its sustainability mission which sets out many of the changes being made by CSI to its shows to reduce its carbon footprint.
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2022 took place on 7 – 8 June at the Miami Beach Convention Center. CSI 2022 doubled in size since its previous trade show in 2021, boasting 300 exhibitors. This included exhibitors from CSH, as in early 2022 Cruise Ship Hospitality Expo merged with Cruise Ship Interiors Expo. Registration for CSI went live on 17 February 2022.
The third edition of Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas saw the introduction of a few new show features; 11 new innovations on the product launch route, a dedicated sustainability themed day and sustainable route, the CSI Influencer program, as well as three knowledge led workshops designed for suppliers.
For more information on what took place during the 2022 edition of CSI, take a look at these blogs:
- Five Reasons Cruise Lines Must Attend Cruise Ship Interiors Expo
- Product Focus: Entertainment and Attractions
- Product Focus: Outdoor
- Five Reasons Designers Can’t Miss Cruise Ship Interiors Expo
- Five Reasons Shipyards Must Attend Cruise Ship Interiors Expo
- Product Focus: Bathrooms
- One Week to Go Until Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America 2022
- Opening Party Highlights
- Day One Highlights
- Day Two Highlights
CSI later uploaded a gallery capturing the best moments from Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2022
Cruise Conversations Live 2022
The third edition of Cruise Conversations Live took place at Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2022. This leading cruise industry conference occurred throughout the two day duration of the show, with four inspiring conference sessions, and, new to CSI 2022, three industry related workshops designed to address suppliers’ most pressing questions.
In April, the first five speakers for Cruise Conversations Live 2022 were announced. The line-up included Thomas Westergaard (Hurtigruten), Sascha Lang (Royal Caribbean Cruises) and Javier Calle (Studio DADO) to name a few. Closer to the event, CSI published the full 2022 conference program. This included sessions addressing how interiors could become more sustainable, supply chain management, and discussions around what makes great design great. The 2022 conference program also included a Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo first: three workshops dedicated to addressing suppliers’ biggest challenges and questions. The key takeaways from Cruise Conversations Live 2022 were summarised in Cruise Conversations Live 2022 Roundup: Our Top Six Takeaways.
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo 2021
In the run up to Cruise Ship Interiors and Hospitality Expo 2021, an exciting show itinerary was announced with many things not to miss including 250+ exhibitors, a Happy Hour drinks reception, product launches, and the brand new Health & Hygiene Zone. This was a new area of the show floor that would be exclusively dedicated to exhibitors whose products and services guarantee the health & safety of passengers and crew on cruise ships. This addressed the increased demand of hygiene and safety protocols on board cruise ships amid the COVID-19 pandemic. An extensive conference program was also announced with inspiring sessions covering guest behaviour, the future of hospitality, and more in its opening day. The second day of the cruise industry conference would then close with discussions around health & hygiene and sustainability from leading voices in the cruise interiors industry.
A long-awaited reunion
In July 2021, registration opened for CSI & CSH, as well as for Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Europe. The events, taking place on 28 – 29 October 2021 in Miami, and 1 – 2 December 2021 in Europe, would each commence with a reunion party for the cruise interiors industry. This would allow attendees to unite and celebrate the community for the first time in two years. Following the big cruise interiors reunion party, over the course of two days, attendees, made up of cruise lines, architects, designers, outfitters and suppliers, would be able to enjoy action-packed show floors, inspiring conferences, and face to face networking for the first time in two years. All networking opportunities, conference sessions and more can be found in the 2021 show itinerary.
In October 2021, CSI and CSH announced new dates for the event due to ongoing travel restrictions in the US. Changing from 28 – 29 October to 10 – 11 November 2021, these new dates would allow more exhibitors and visitors to attend the show.
Finally, in November 2021, CSI & CSH kicked off with a bang at the official reunion party. Here the cruise interiors and hospitality communities gathered for the first time in two years. The next morning, day one of CSI & CSH was commemorated with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. This set off the two-day event of thought-provoking conference sessions, a vibrant exhibition featuring the most ground-breaking exhibitors, and exciting networking events. Finally, CSI & CSH finished after its second day on 11 November 2021. The 2021 show was a great success, with many of its key moments captured in the 2021 show gallery.
Cruise Conversations Live 2021
The second Cruise Conversations Live conference took place at Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2021. Over the course of two days, delegates gathered to hear leading insights from 25+ speakers, including Nedgé Louis-Jacques (Tomas Tillberg Design), Captain Patrik Dahlgren (Royal Caribbean Group), and Dee Cooper (Virgin Voyages). Across seven stimulating panels and keynote sessions, they spoke about a variety of topics. These included standardizing health & hygiene on cruise ships, sustainability, the latest interior design trends of 2021, and more. CSI later summarised the most thought provoking talking points in a blog post, five takeaways from Cruise Conversations Live 2021.
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2020
After a successful launch show in Miami, CSI announced that it will host its first Cruise Ship Interiors Awards. This would take place before the second show in June 2020. A later press release announced the award categories and judges.
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, unfortunately Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2020 was postponed. This difficult decision was made to protect the health and safety of attendees and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The dates for the next CSI & CSH expo were later confirmed as 28 – 29 October 2021.
As a result of this, the 2020 Cruise Ship Interiors Awards took place virtually. In June 2020, viewers tuned in to a live premiere of the ceremony where the judging panel revealed the CSI Award winners.
CSI & CSH Online
In July 2020, a virtual event, CSI & CSH Online, was announced. This would take place in September 2020, bringing the cruise interiors and hospitality communities together for an action-packed day of successful meetings, an industry-leading conference program, and Q&As. The event ran on 2 September 2020 and included a live cruise industry conference and virtual networking for hundreds of leading brands from cruise design, refurbishment and newbuild to guest experience, F&B and health & hygiene. Due to the virtual nature of the event, participants attended CSI & CSH Online from across the globe.
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas 2019
Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas welcomed thousands to its inaugural expo on 18 – 20 June 2019. The two-day cruise trade show kicked off successfully with a launch party. The next morning, day one of CSI commenced on 19 June 2019. Throughout the cruise expo, attendees enjoyed conference sessions, networking, meeting exhibitors, and unwinding at the Wednesday Happy Hour. CSI finished after its second day on 20 June 2019. Shortly after, Cruise Ship Interiors Expo uploaded a gallery of photos taken at the show.
For more information on what took place in the 2019 edition of CSI, take a look at these blogs:
Cruise Conversations Live 2019
The first Cruise Conversations Live conference took place at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America 2019. The first conference speakers were announced in February 2019, with the complete 2019 conference agenda and final speakers going live in March.
During the inaugural conference, 25+ speakers representing the cruise interiors supply chain weighed in on the industry’s most pressing topics, along with opportunities and challenges faced by the cruise interiors industry in a series of panels and keynote sessions.
The 2019 speaker line-up included Lisa McCabe (Carnival Cruise Line), Petu Kummala (Carnival Cruise Line), >Petra Ryberg (P&O Australia), Stephen T. Fryers (STF Project Management), David McCarthy (IMA Holding Ltd.), Colin Gant (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings), Boris Ruskovsky (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings), Francesca Bucci (BG Studio International), My Nguyen (Holland America Group), and Vittorio Garroni (Garroni Design).
The agenda included a session that was announced on International Women’s Day, ‘Women’s Leadership Forum’. This focused on diversifying the cruise industry. Another session, ‘Cruise Industry Outlook: Leaders Debate’, saw five trailblazers from leading cruise lines sharing their outlooks on the industry. CSI summarised the key discussions and highlights from this conference in the top 10 takeaways from Cruise Conversations Live 2019.
Cruise Conversations was a webinar series that facilitated discussions between cruise industry experts on the most pressing topics and trends facing the cruise interiors industry. An in-person conference, Cruise Conversations Live, takes place over two days each year at Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas.
Cruise Conversations Webinars
In 2020, CSI launched the Cruise Conversations webinar series. The webinar series consisted of longer, multi panel episodes, and ‘Cruiseday Tuesdays’, shorter, more informal conversations. All the Cruise Conversations webinars are available to members of CSI+, Cruise Ship Interior Expo’s exclusive member platform.
Cruise Conversations episodes typically featured three speakers moderated by Toby Walters, CEO, Cruise Ship Interiors. They provided an in-depth exploration into significant topics. The first episode, COVID-19: Putting a Positive Spin on the Elephant in the Room, saw industry leaders discussing their top design priorities after the global pandemic. In the second episode, Getting Specified: Top Considerations from Top Designers, cruise line representatives discussed the process of procuring suppliers, and the type of suppliers that are in most demand. The discussion gave many insights into the ways in which suppliers can get specified for cruise interiors. Speakers from the likes of MSC Cruises and Princess Cruises & Holland America Line shared their top tips.
Episode three of Cruise Conversations, Sustainability on the Seas, explored one of the industry’s most current issues. Webinar guests discussed the ways in which the pandemic has opened the door to a return to an even more sustainable cruise. The fourth episode of Cruise Conversations live was The Future of Cruise Hospitality. Here, leading voices in the cruise hospitality community explored how hotel operations, dining, and housekeeping must change to survive COVID-19.
Cruiseday Tuesdays, another series hosted by Cruise Conversations, consisted of shorter episodes that ran between the Cruise Conversations webinars. These were informal discussions with one leading voice in the cruise interior community. Speakers included Petra Ryberg (P&O Australia), Derek Barkas (YSA Design), Callie Tedder-Hares (Volume Creative), and Jon Ingleton (Cruise & Ferry Review).
In early 2021, Elite Exhibitions, organisers of Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Americas and Europe launched a subscription platform, CSI+. CSI+ membership is for forward-thinking professionals working within the cruise interiors sector.
CSI+ membership gives VIPs the power to search and source suppliers, share their expertise, keep up to date with the latest trends, and grow their professional network. For suppliers, CSI+ provides the opportunity to establish a network, build valuable relationships with peers, increase brand awareness, discover collaboration opportunities, get the latest insights and connect with buyers.
Members of CSI+ receive access to exclusive networking opportunities including the Community Networking Hour and face to face CSI+ socials. These include CSI+ member-exclusive events held at Cruise Ship Interiors Expos. Members also gain access to product sourcing via the CSI+ Makers list, premium listings on the online Member Directory, and the opportunity to submit content for the CSI+ Community Bulletin. In addition to these benefits, CSI+ is the best place to stay up to date with the latest industry insights through white papers, industry reports, conference sessions and more.
Hotel & Resort Design South
In November 2022, Elite Exhibitions launched a new show, Hotel & Resort Design South (HRDS). Taking place alongside CSI, Hotel & Resort Design South is a brand-new hotel product sourcing and networking event. HRDS was created exclusively to connect designers, architects and the global supply chain with hotel & resort brands from the South and LATAM.
Taking place 6 – 7 June 2023 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, HRDS will include a full day of content via a dedicated conference program, a Product Showcase featuring the most innovative products and services on the market, plus a host of exclusive networking opportunities including Speed Networking which provides participants with a one-to-one meeting experience.
To complete the HRDS experience, attendees will be presented with a leading design conference and workshop agenda. Consisting of thought-provoking keynotes and inspiring content delivered by the biggest names and brands in the industry. These sessions will leave attendees feeling inspired, up to date on the latest trends and provide them with a holistic view of the state of the hotel interiors industry.