Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

4 3 lightweight make a business case for sustainability, offering not only material longevity but also radical weight savings and long-term cost savings. Passengers preferring to stay onboard cruise ships is another element that impacts trends within the cruise ship interior industry. Guests are remaining onboard cruise ships for longer periods of time during their holidays than ever before and the vessel interiors need to be carefully designed to accommodate this. Cruise ships are already designed to keep their passengers engaged through the use of intriguing details, multifunctional spaces and customisable experiences to ensure they can derive renewed enjoyment out of the same spaces throughout the duration of their stay. Now, the pressure is on to create richer experiential design that sets the stage for even more varied entertainment, new health and well-being opportunities and bespoke experiences at every price range. New spaces are being added to cruise ship interiors, from small areas such as tattoo parlours onboard Virgin Voyages’ fleet, to much bigger areas like Bolt, the world’s first at-sea rollercoaster onboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Celebration. If 2020 was the year that newbuild and refurbishment projects paused, then 2021 was the year they resumed with full force, calling on all resources of shipowners, shipbuilders, designers, outfitters and suppliers. Now, in 2022, there’s an opportunity for the industry to refresh, catch-up with the latest samples, update personal knowledge and learn more about the latest innovations. As Petu Kummala, senior director of interior design and architecture at Carnival Cruise Line said during a ‘Cruise Conversations Live’ discussion at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America 2021: “There are certain things that you need to do in person. Looking, touching materials, you can’t do that remotely. Photographs lie. For example, a chandelier. Light is a special element which you cannot do virtually.” To hear more about these trends and discover the latest products and innovations in the cruise ship interior industry at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America, which will take place between 7 and 8 June 2022 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida, USA. Attendees will also be able to enjoy speed networking opportunities and immerse themselves in sustainability on the sustainability-themed second day. Register at Abigail McMahon is content manager at Elite Exhibitions BOLT is the world’s first at-sea rollercoaster, onboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Celebration Tattoo parlours onboard Virgin Voyages’ fleet exemplify how new spaces are being added to cruise ship interiors due to passengers preferring to stay onboard