Five industry heavyweights to lead debate on cruise industry outlook

2019-05-20T08:10:46+00:00 May 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Cruise Ship Interiors Expo, the first event dedicated exclusively to interior design, architecture, and outfitting for the cruise industry, has announced its first conference session to kick off the two-day event.

Industry professionals will share their expertise in ‘Cruise Industry Outlook: Leaders Debate’, starting on Wednesday, 19thJune, 2019.

The event’s first conference session will focus on the newbuilding orderbook and the impacts of newbuildings, how shipyards can respond to capacity issues, challenges around recruiting staff, economical concerns, and growth in the expedition market.

Industry experts speaking on the panel will include:


  • Newton D’Souza, chair and associate professor, department of interior architecture, Florida International University.


  • Stephen T Fryers, consultant, Royal Caribbean Cruises.
  • Colin Gant, vice president of vessel refurbishment, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
  • Petu Kummala, senior director of interior design & architecture, Carnival Cruise Line.
  • George Scammell, director of interior design, Princess Cruises.

When asked what to expect from his session, CCL’s Kummala, commented: “Expect the unexpected. There are many new projects in the works for Carnival Cruise Line, so I am confident we’ll have an interesting and exciting conversation.” He also told the CSIE team that the event is “filling a void in [the marine interiors] community.”

Chairing and moderating the session will be Newton d’Souza, chair and associate professor at Florida International University’s department of interior architecture.

Over the past 20 years, d’Souza has practiced as a professional architect, interior designer, and educator. He is also in the process of writing his first book, ‘The Multi-Skilled Designer’.

Cruise Ship Interiors Conference will contain forecasts of upcoming trends and insights into opportunities and challenges faced by the cruise interiors industry. A debate on cruise industry outlook on a more holistic level will set the tone for the rest of the two-day conference, the organisers claimed.