Award-winning designer Vittorio Garroni will share his industry expertize with eager attendees at Cruise Ship Interiors Conference on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Speaking in the session 'Legends of Design - Q&A', the CEO of design firm Garroni Design will discuss key questions facing the industry alongside a panel of fellow design legends.
To gain some insight into what to expect on the day - and hear more about the man behind the design on cruise ships including Crystal Cruises' Harmony, Symphony and Serenity - we sat down with Vittorio for an exclusive speaker Q&A.
I graduated with a degree in architecture in Rome in the early 70s and simultaneously founded my design office and started a university career. I then founded the Italian Nautical Design School and retired from the university. I am currently the professor emeritus in industrial design.
I also had a long friendly collaboration with NYK Line while designing for Crystal Cruises and the SES 2030 container vessel innovative concept.
I have designed some cruise vessels and many pleasure boats and I am proud to present here in Miami the LeYACHT project, a micro cruise ship in the shape of a luxury yacht.
Culturally, my roots are linked to the shipbuilding industry. 40 years teaching of Naval Design in Italy ended with my last teaching appointment at the Jimei University in Xiamen, China.
My intent is to combine the perfect hotel organization of cruise ships with the individuality of a private boat. This is why I developed the Le Yacht Cruises project I am presenting here in Miami.
I mentioned briefly the LeYACHT cruises, an unconventional cruise organization based in Monaco, which is about to start and will be managing fleets of pleasure boats less than 30m with up to 12 guests each, professionally crewed and managed by a superlative luxury hotel organization.
LeYACHT-cruises, rather than compressed cruise ships are enlarged yachts, with the functional grandeur of the cruise ship. Produced in series, operating as fleets and supported by LeLODGE, Club House terminals, they fulfill all the highly exclusive luxury requirements of the best cruise vessels.
The juxtaposition between gigantic ships and those of much smaller size is commercially very clear. Two completely different markets have been developed and the market of small ships is further fragmented on the operational specificities. For example, exploration ships, polar routes, etc. I believe that in the coming years, new categories will be developed among the extra-luxury small ships: Le Yacht Cruises is an example.
Extreme, creative, vitality.
I am a singular designer because I combine skills in two different sectors that share only the sea: cruise ships and pleasure yachts. The LYC project was born from the union of these skills which opens up new opportunities in the cruise market. In my session I will try to illustrate the merits of this new type of cruising.
The cruise industry has grown enormously over the years, continues to grow and offers development potential almost without limits. It is great to participate in this new specialized adventure in the marine and cruise industry because it provides the opportunity to better study these important sectors individually. Specialization is an element of qualification and I am very interested in the opportunity to meet and attend an event with people specifically interested in my area of expertize.