Author: Rebecca Gibson

Rebecca is the production editor for International Cruise & Ferry Review and the CruiseandFerry.net website. She interviews senior executives from the world’s leading cruise and ferry lines, ports and destinations, and also regularly contributes feature articles to the Cruise & Ferry suite of publications.


Former Crystal Cruises CEO Edie Rodriguez takes up new role at Ponant

Former Crystal Cruises CEO Edie Rodriguez takes up new role at Ponant
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, October 20, 2017

Rodriguez to help increase brand awareness and sales in the Americas, and serve as corporate advisor

AIDA Cruises starts its first-ever world cruise from Hamburg

AIDA Cruises starts its first-ever world cruise from Hamburg
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, October 20, 2017

AIDAcara’s 116-day cruise will take guests to 41 ports in 23 countries on five continents

Fincantieri lays keel for sixth Viking Ocean ship

Fincantieri lays keel for sixth Viking Ocean ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ancona shipyard starts constructing newbuild ahead of her 2019 delivery

Norwegian retrofits two more cruise ships with scrubbers

Norwegian retrofits two more cruise ships with scrubbers
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, October 19, 2017

New systems remove emissions from Norwegian Jade’s and Norwegian Sun’s exhaust gases

Achieving GDPR compliance in the cruise industry

Achieving GDPR compliance in the cruise industry
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, October 19, 2017

Adonis aims to help cruise and ferry lines comply with the European Union’s 2018 data protection laws

Adonis aims to help cruise and ferry lines comply with the European Union’s 2018 data protection laws 

New Celebrity Edge to sail in Mediterranean in 2019

By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Collectively five Celebrity ships will visit 92 ports in 27 countries across Europe in 2019

Interior fit-out firm MJM Group opens new office in Southampton

Interior fit-out firm MJM Group opens new office in Southampton
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The firm has worked on multiple projects onboard cruise ships and passenger ferries

Carnival Horizon to debut new Guy Fieri smokehouse and microbrewery

Carnival Horizon to debut new Guy Fieri smokehouse and microbrewery
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, October 16, 2017

The speciality restaurant will be one of several new dining venues on Carnival newbuild

US Virgin Islands on track to reopen for cruise business

US Virgin Islands on track to reopen for cruise business
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, October 13, 2017

Royal Caribbean executives meet with port, WICO and key stakeholders to develop plan for its return 

LNG fuel will be key to sustainable cruise growth

LNG fuel will be key to sustainable cruise growth
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, October 13, 2017

Cruise ports discuss how to reduce emissions and form better partnerships at GreenPort Cruise 2017 

Ponant renews communications contract with Marlink

Ponant renews communications contract with Marlink
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, October 13, 2017

Company will provide high-speed, reliable internet access across cruise line’s fleet

Bergen introduces cruise ship cap to reduce overcrowding

Bergen introduces cruise ship cap to reduce overcrowding
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Norwegian city will now only host four cruise ship calls and/or 9,000 passengers per day

Viking Sun makes her debut at the Port of Piraeus

Viking Sun makes her debut at the Port of Piraeus
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Viking Cruises' newest ocean ship brought around 930 guests to the Greece

Choosing the ideal lubricant for a cruise ship

Choosing the ideal lubricant for a cruise ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cruise and ferry lines should consider the performance and environmental qualities of oils, says Phil Cumberlidge, business development manager of GreenMarine at Panolin International

Cruise and ferry lines should consider the performance and environmental qualities of oils

Thomson Cruises to rebrand as Marella Cruises

Thomson Cruises to rebrand as Marella Cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Company unveils new winter 2018 itineraries in Asia to celebrate the relaunch

Irish Ferries to christen new cruise ferry W.B. Yeats

Irish Ferries to christen new cruise ferry W.B. Yeats
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The €144million cruise ferry will be named in honour of Irish poet when she debuts in summer 2018

Paroc launches new Light Marine insulation solutions

Paroc launches new Light Marine insulation solutions
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The company will supply shipyards with lightweight solutions for fire-insulated decks and bulkheads

Celebrity Cruises to modernise its entire fleet by 2023

Celebrity Cruises to modernise its entire fleet by 2023
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, October 9, 2017

New US$400 million Celebrity Revolution initiative will see the line adding new venues and technologies

Meyer Turku lays keel for new Mein Schiff 2

Meyer Turku lays keel for new Mein Schiff 2
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, October 6, 2017

Finnish shipyard is on track to deliver TUI Cruises’ vessel by early 2019

Copenhagen to build new cruise terminal

Copenhagen to build new cruise terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, October 6, 2017

The facility will be built beyond Oceankaj in Ydre Nordhavn and will handle 5,000 passengers per call

V.Ships Leisure to provide technical and hotel services for Scenic Eclipse

V.Ships Leisure to provide technical and hotel services for Scenic Eclipse
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, October 6, 2017

New all-suite, polar-class expedition vessel will be delivered by Uljanik Shipyard in August 2018

Silver Muse to make maiden call in New York City

Silver Muse to make maiden call in New York City
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, October 5, 2017

Silversea's flagship will spend a full day and night in the US port, giving guests time to see the sights

Why Royal Caribbean is such a true pioneer

Why Royal Caribbean is such a true pioneer
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, October 4, 2017

From the first at-sea rock climbing walls, to movable platforms and new fuel cell technology, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s six brands continue to bring innovations to the cruise industry. Chairman and CEO Richard Fain talks to Rebecca Gibson ahead of the company’s 50th anniversary

Chairman and CEO Richard Fain talks about innovations ahead of RCL's 50th anniversary 


Cruise Europe takes over Atlantic Alliance marketing initiative

Cruise Europe takes over Atlantic Alliance marketing initiative
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The 14 Atlantic Alliance ports will now be grouped with 16 others to comprise the Atlantic Europe region

Carnival Corporation to launch MedallionNet wi-fi service

Carnival Corporation to launch MedallionNet wi-fi service
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, September 29, 2017

SES Networks’ technology will enable guests and crew to access reliable internet service at sea

Viking Cruises makes first-ever call in Portsmouth

Viking Cruises makes first-ever call in Portsmouth
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, September 29, 2017

Viking Star called at the UK port during a 15-day voyage from Norway

Europa 2 hits the waves with new interiors

Europa 2 hits the waves with new interiors
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, September 28, 2017

Blohm+Voss completes upgrade work onboard Hapag-Lloyd Cruises flagship

Trimline and Wight Shipyard Co to refit Red Eagle

Trimline and Wight Shipyard Co to refit Red Eagle
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, September 28, 2017

Red Funnel's passenger ferry will be refurbished for £3 million in 2018

 

Royal Caribbean to refit Independence of the Seas

Royal Caribbean to refit Independence of the Seas
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ship to be fitted with trampolines, a laser tag area, new staterooms and more

Silversea to lengthen Silver Spirit in March 2018

Silversea to lengthen Silver Spirit in March 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fincantieri will insert a pre-built block containing 34 guest suites into the ship’s midsection

Carnival Corporation debuts OceanView and PlayOcean

Carnival Corporation debuts OceanView and PlayOcean
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cruise company gives guests free access to videos, TV shows and immersive gaming opportunities 

Trimline and PEC secure funding for modular cabins

Trimline and PEC secure funding for modular cabins
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lightweight composite cabin is designed for use onboard ferries, ocean and river cruise ships 

Viking Ocean Cruises takes delivery of Viking Sun

Viking Ocean Cruises takes delivery of Viking Sun
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Viking Sun is the fourth in a series of 930-guest ships that Fincantieri has built for the cruise line

Fincantieri to build fourth Cunard Line ship

Fincantieri to build fourth Cunard Line ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, September 25, 2017

Newbuild to debut in 2022, marking the first time line will operate four ships simultaneously since 1998

Saga Cruises orders second new cruise ship for delivery in summer 2020

Saga Cruises orders second new cruise ship for delivery in summer 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, September 22, 2017

Spirit of Adventure will be a sister ship to Spirit of Discovery and will be built by Meyer Werft

FCCA unites with its Member Lines to help hurricane-hit Caribbean and US

FCCA unites with its Member Lines to help hurricane-hit Caribbean and US
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, September 22, 2017

Cruise lines help to evacuate victims, deliver supplies and collect donations for affected areas

Silversea to refit Silver Wind and Silver Whisper in December

Silversea to refit Silver Wind and Silver Whisper in December
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, September 22, 2017

Several public areas will be renovated to reflect the interiors onboard the new Silver Muse

American volleyball champion Lauren Barfield christens Crystal Mahler

American volleyball champion Lauren Barfield christens Crystal Mahler
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, September 21, 2017

MV Werften officially delivers the second of Crystal River Cruises Rhine Class river cruise ships

World Dream prepares for sea trials in North Sea

World Dream prepares for sea trials in North Sea
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dream Cruises’ second ship will start service in Hong Kong and China this November 

Irish Ferries lays keel for new cruise ferry in Germany

Irish Ferries lays keel for new cruise ferry in Germany
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New €144 million vessel will be delivered by Flensburger in July 2018 

P&O Ferries improves passenger services for freight drivers

P&O Ferries improves passenger services for freight drivers
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Free Commercial Drivers Club gives drivers access to refreshments, cabins and discounts

Tom Wolber replaces Edie Rodriguez as head of Crystal Cruises

Tom Wolber replaces Edie Rodriguez as head of Crystal Cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, September 18, 2017

Former Disney executive will spearhead the design of Crystal Cruises' newest cruise vessels

Coral Expeditions orders newbuild from Vard

Coral Expeditions orders newbuild from Vard
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, September 14, 2017

The expedition vessel will be delivered in 2019 and sail in the Asia-Pacific

Interferry to cover safety, customer experience and new technologies

Interferry to cover safety, customer experience and new technologies
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, September 14, 2017

Conference will highlight the key challenges and opportunities facing the ferry industry

Dubai Harbour to have two cruise terminals

Dubai Harbour to have two cruise terminals
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, September 14, 2017

The destination aims to cater for 1.2 million cruise passengers per year

Blohm+Voss to refit two Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ships

Blohm+Voss to refit two Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Europa and Europa 2 will undergo technical upgrades and interior renovations at the German yard

Portsmouth International Port to launch new free boat service

Portsmouth International Port to launch new free boat service
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, September 11, 2017

Service will be run by Blue Funnel and take cruise guests to the tourist sites in Gunwharf Quays

Spirit of British Columbia prepares for mid-life upgrade

Spirit of British Columbia prepares for mid-life upgrade
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, September 11, 2017

Remontowa shipyard to convert BC Ferries’ vessel to dual-fuel and renovate public areas

Cruise ship calls and passenger numbers on the rise in Asia

Cruise ship calls and passenger numbers on the rise in Asia
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, September 8, 2017

New CLIA reports highlight the region’s growth as a source market and the industry’s economic impact 

Seatrade Europe: a look at the future of river cruising

Seatrade Europe: a look at the future of river cruising
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, September 8, 2017

Executives share plans for bigger ships, itineraries for millennials, and green propulsion systems