Speaker line-up revealed for Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Miami

Experts from cruise lines and design firms like BG Studio and Studio DADO to share insights

Speaker line-up revealed for Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Miami

By Rebecca Gibson |

Executives from BG Studio, Studio DADO, Garroni Design, Norwegian Cruise Line, Virgin Voyages and sister brands Holland America Line and Seabourn have all been confirmed as speakers at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo (CSIE).

To be held for the first time this year, CSIE is the world’s first event that is fully focused on interior design, architecture and outfitting in the cruise industry. The free event, which will take place in Miami from 18-20 June, will bring together senior delegates from cruise lines, design and architecture companies, and various other stakeholders to debate and discuss the latest opportunities and challenges in the cruise interiors industry.

“The significant passenger demand in the cruise line industry has fuelled a rapid transformation in marine interior and outfitting, creating a plethora of experiences for everyone onboard,” said Toby Walters, CEO of Cruise Ship Interiors Expo. “With this in mind, we have curated a conference programme that kicks off with a leaders’ debate and follows on with topics including sustainability at sea, colour predictions, future design trends, and passenger flow.”

Confirmed speakers include experts from the design and architecture industry, such as Francesca Bucci, president, BG Studio; Javier Calle, founding partner of Studio DADO; and Vittoria Garroni, founder and president of Garroni Design.

“It is a privilege to join CSIE as a panellist,” said Bucci. “This influential group of thought leaders represents the best and most insightful thinking in the industry.”

Cruise executives will also present at the event. They include: Dee Cooper, senior vice president of Design at Virgin Voyages; Colin Gant, vice president of Vessel Refurbishment at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; and My Nguyen, deputy director of Interior Design and Operations, Holland America Line and Seabourn.

“The cruise industry is the fastest growing segment of the leisure travel market and there is so much opportunity to collaborate and get inspired at this event,” said Nguyen. “I am so excited to be speaking at the world’s first truly dedicated event focusing on cruise interiors.”

CSIE will be co-located with Marine Catering Expo, which will enable more than 200 galley and restaurant stakeholders to meet with qualified buyers from the passenger ship sector. Delegates will be able to attend live product demonstrations and enjoy networking opportunities.

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