The Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Europe 2022 conference programme is here! Hosting speakers among the likes of Laura Cabo (Disney Cruise Line), Bas Loohuis (Damen Shipyard), and Goneta Heta (SMC Design), Cruise Conversations Live 2022 is one you won’t want to miss. Over the course of two days, these industry leaders will be covering the industry’s most pressing topics. These range from targeting tech-savvy Gen-Zers to factoring in weight to designing the cruise ships of the future! You will have plenty of opportunities to gain insights and get inspired by the world’s most established cruise lines, design firms, suppliers and more. Cruise Conversations Live will also be hosting an exclusive opportunity for industry newcomers to learn from cruise’s most established designers.

In this article, we will be introducing Cruise Conversations Live’s exciting 2022 conference line-up. Read on to preview our four thought-provoking sessions and meet this year’s speakers.

Keynote: Futurist: Cruise Design in 2030

Day 1, 11:30am – 12:20pm

Take your cruise ship designs into the future in the first session of Cruise Conversations Live Europe 2022. Join our panel for an insight into what it will take to build a successful business in the cruise interior sector for 2030. After an opening discussion that covers how the current global picture looks, the speakers for this session will then outline the trends and opportunities interior designers should pay attention to going forward. You can also expect to come away from this keynote with a knowledge of what’s evolving in product development for cruise interiors.


George Scammell, Director, Interior Asset Management | Fleet Operations Holland America Group | serving Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, and P&O Australia


  •  Richard van Hooijdonk, Futurist & trend watcher | Richard Van Hooijdonk
  • To be announced shortly…
Leading designers and cruise experts from Independent Maritime Advisors, SMC Design, YSA Design and dSign Vertti Kivi & Co spoke at Cruise Conversations Live 2021

Conference Session: Mapping the Creative’s Journey

Day 1, 4:00pm – 4:30pm

If you’re looking for an in-depth introduction to the designer’s creative journey, then this is the conference session for you. After an exploration of the creative mind and what it means to be a designer, our panel will take you through the steps of the creative process, from conception to finalisation. You can expect to gain an understanding of how to develop concepts that incorporate storytelling elements and take influence from cross-sector industries to inspire consumers, as well as the process of taking these concepts through all stages of the design process in this invigorating session.


William Loloey, Managing Director | Loloey


  • Jennifer De Vere-Hopkins, Associate Director | Jestico + Whiles
  • Laura Cabo, VP Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering | Disney Cruise Line
Nick Farrell (Trimline) speaking at Cruise Conversations Live 2021

Keynote: The Modern Shipyard

Day 2, 11:30am – 12:20pm

Cruise Conversations Live will reconvene on day two of Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Europe with the keynote ‘The Modern Shipyard’. In this keynote, speakers representing leading cruise lines (Royal Caribbean Group) and shipyards (Damen Shipyard) will be weighing in on a multitude of issues, trends and opportunities facing shipyards today. Discover the ways in which you can add value when developing client newbuild and refurb projects, or how to incorporate innovation whilst balancing the requirements of reference ships in this insightful session. You will come away equipped with the knowledge to run efficient build and refit projects whilst ensuring quality. Additionally, you will learn hot tips from the industry’s leading experts. These include effectively re-purposing and converting interiors for new owners, making vessels more sustainable, and the secrets to good collaboration.


Vesa Uuttu, Director, Head of Architectural Design & Outfitting Turku site, Newbuild and Innovation | Royal Caribbean Group


  • Bas Loohuis, Commercial Director Maintenance & Upgrade Services Cruise | Damen Shipyard
  • Petteri Heimo, Head of Hotel Outfitting | Meyer Turku
Cruise Conversations Live at Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Europe 2019

Conference Session: Young Designers: Designing for Gen Z and Beyond

Day 2, 3:00pm – 3:30pm

The demographics of cruise passengers are evolving. With Gen Z becoming an increasingly key consumer with higher buying power and their behaviours, habits and expectations are beginning to shape the ways in which cruise lines design their products. As a generation that demands higher environmental accountability and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, their expectations are disrupting the world of cruise design. In this session, leading industry designers will weigh in on the ways in which these evolving demographics will shape the future of newbuild projects. Attend this session for extensive insight into the new demands of guests, staying relevant to future cruise generations, and learn what goes into designing smart interiors that excel in guest experience.


  • Alejandro Crespo Daroco, Head of Design | Daroco Design
  • Claire Weiss, Creative Director | Disney Cruise Line
  • Goneta Heta, Project Manager | SMC Design
  • Kyle Bilot, Project Design Manager | Walt Disney Imagineering

Cruise Conversations Live Europe is brought to you by our official Conference Partner Passenger Ship Interior & Refurbishment Review and our Conference Sponsor NEWH. Thank you to our Day 1 conference sponsor, COLUMBIA Blue.

Are you interested in learning about the latest trends and innovations in cruise interiors? Find out about the next edition of Cruise Ship Interiors Design Expo Europe here.