Author: Rebecca Gibson

Rebecca is the associate editor for International Cruise & Ferry Review and the CruiseandFerry.net website. She manages all the content for both the website and the magazines in the Cruise & Ferry suite of publications, regularly interviewing senior executives from the world’s leading cruise and ferry lines, ports, destinations and passenger shipping-related companies to write features, reports and other articles.


Silversea installs mooring magnets on Silver Cloud

Silversea installs mooring magnets on Silver Cloud
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, February 15, 2019

Cruise line uses Miko Marine’s magnets to deploy excursion boats more quickly and efficiently

Navantia Shiprepairs: a refit specialist

Navantia Shiprepairs: a refit specialist
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, February 14, 2019

More cruise lines are refurbishing older vessels, and many are turning to the Spain-based shipyard for its expertise and convenient location

More cruise lines are refurbishing older vessels, and as such are turning to the Spain-based shipyard for its expertise

Nisomar to provide launch services for NCLH ships in Chile

Nisomar to provide launch services for NCLH ships in Chile
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Company will assist with berthing and local port authority liaison for each call

Damen Shiprepair wins Waxholm II contract

Damen Shiprepair wins Waxholm II contract
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Waxholmsbolaget's 350-passenger ferry will undergo three-month upgrade in Sweden

Cruise numbers hit 1.5 million at Port St. Maarten in 2018

Cruise numbers hit 1.5 million at Port St. Maarten in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Arrival numbers at Caribbean port surpassed pre-Hurricane Irma figures 

Fincantieri officially delivers Viking Jupiter in Italy

Fincantieri officially delivers Viking Jupiter in Italy
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, February 11, 2019

Viking's sixth ocean ship will sail in the Med and Scandinavia before her christening this June

Wight Shipyard Co hands over new Twin City Liner vessel

Wight Shipyard Co hands over new Twin City Liner vessel
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, February 11, 2019

River catamaran was designed by Incat Crowther and will operate between Austria and Slovakia

Sperry Marine debuts high-resolution radar for cruise ships

Sperry Marine debuts high-resolution radar for cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, February 11, 2019

SeaGuard provides enhanced situational awareness in congested waters and emergency situations

Why are travel agencies important to cruise lines?

Why are travel agencies important to cruise lines?
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, February 11, 2019

Simone Clark, senior vice president of Global Supply at Iglu.com, gives Rebecca Gibson insight into how travel agencies can help cruise lines design the perfect itinerary

Iglu.com's Simone Clark shares insight into what cruise guests want on a cruise

Interferry chooses hosts for 2021 and 2022 conferences

Interferry chooses hosts for 2021 and 2022 conferences
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, February 8, 2019

Brittany Ferries will hold the 2021 event in Spain, while FRS will manage the 2022 meeting in Morocco

Stena Line launches new AI chatbot for UK market

Stena Line launches new AI chatbot for UK market
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, February 7, 2019

Virtual assistant named Stina can answer customers' questions and help them to book ferry trips

Heineken Global Duty Free is expanding its portfolio

Heineken Global Duty Free is expanding its portfolio
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, February 7, 2019

The company’s new beers and countertop draught system are transforming the dining experience on cruise ships

The company’s new beers and draught system are transforming the dining experience on cruise ships

Global Ports Holdings to manage Antigua's cruise operations

Global Ports Holdings to manage Antigua's cruise operations
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Company signs 30-year concession and agrees to finance new cruise pier and retail and dining outlets

Who is MSC Cruises' new virtual personal cruise assistant?

Who is MSC Cruises' new virtual personal cruise assistant?
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Cruise industry's first AI-powered assistant will be able to converse with guests on MSC Bellissima

Oprah Winfrey christens Nieuw Statendam at Port Everglades

Oprah Winfrey christens Nieuw Statendam at Port Everglades
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Holland America officially welcomes new Pinnacle Class vessel to the fleet 

First-class refits with Damen Shiprepair Brest

First-class refits with Damen Shiprepair Brest
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Its successful refurbishment of Norwegian Breakaway shows why its skilled team, well-equipped facilities and convenient location make it an ideal partner for ship renovations

The yard's refurbishment of Norwegian Breakaway shows why it makes an ideal ship renovator

Royal Caribbean cuts steel for second Quantum Ultra Class ship

Royal Caribbean cuts steel for second Quantum Ultra Class ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, February 4, 2019

Newbuild will be named Odyssey of the Seas and will enter service in the US in autumn 2020

Seatrade Cruise Global keynote to focus on sustainable tourism

Seatrade Cruise Global keynote to focus on sustainable tourism
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, February 4, 2019

Panel to include executives from World Tourism Organization, Carnival, RCL, NCLH and MSC Cruises

Meeting the maritime industry’s safety needs

Meeting the maritime industry’s safety needs
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, February 4, 2019

With more than 20 years’ experience, AMI Marine has evolved to meet the industry’s developing safety requirements

AMI Marine is able to help operators meet evolving requirements and regulations

Speaker line-up revealed for Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Miami

Speaker line-up revealed for Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Miami
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, February 1, 2019

Experts from cruise lines and design firms like BG Studio and Studio DADO to share insights

Blue World Voyages to debut first sports and wellness cruise ship

Blue World Voyages to debut first sports and wellness cruise ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, January 31, 2019

New vessel will be first in the industry to have two decks fully dedicated to health and wellbeing

MSC Bellissmia set for star-studded christening in Southampton

MSC Bellissmia set for star-studded christening in Southampton
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, January 31, 2019

TV presenter Holly Willoughby, singer Nile Rogers and actress Sophia Loren will help name the newbuild

Survitec makes a leap forward in maritime safety

Survitec makes a leap forward in maritime safety
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, January 31, 2019

Sales director Richard McCormick highlights how the firm’s new marine evacuation system will expedite cruise ship evacuations

Richard McCormick shares how marine evacuation system will expedite cruise ship evacuations

Corvus Energy to help Fjord1 ferries to sail emission-free

Corvus Energy to help Fjord1 ferries to sail emission-free
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Five new all-electric vessels will be equipped with lithium ion battery-based energy storage systems

New Carnival ship Mardi Gras will feature six themed areas

New Carnival ship Mardi Gras will feature six themed areas
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, January 28, 2019

Line's first LNG-powered vessel will offer a range of food, beverage and entertainment options

Fighting fires at sea with Ansul’s safety equipment

Fighting fires at sea with Ansul’s safety equipment
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, January 28, 2019

The automatic R-102 Restaurant Fire Suppression System is a key component of any galley area onboard cruise ships and ferries

The technology is a key component in the galleys of cruise ships and ferries

Haifa Port is paving the way for Israel’s bright future

Haifa Port is paving the way for Israel’s bright future
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, January 28, 2019

After a few troubled years, the country’s cruise industry and that of the East Mediterranean is beginning to look prosperous again

After a few troubled years, the country’s cruise industry is beginning to look prosperous again

Oceania Cruises creates Dom Perignon dining experience

Oceania Cruises creates Dom Perignon dining experience
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cruise line works with champagne company's culinary team to develop six palate piquing courses

Seabourn chooses expedition team for Alaska cruises

Seabourn chooses expedition team for Alaska cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wilderness experts, scientists, historians and Zodiac operators will lead Ventures by Seabourn

Disney extends berthing agreement at Port of Galveston

Disney extends berthing agreement at Port of Galveston
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, January 22, 2019

US port secures a potential 20-year agreement with the family-oriented cruise line

Stena's first E-Flexer ferry floats out of her dry dock

Stena's first E-Flexer ferry floats out of her dry dock
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, January 22, 2019

China's Avic Weihai Shipyard will now outfit the vessel ahead of her delivery in 2021

Taking entertainment to the skies with new aerial attraction

Taking entertainment to the skies with new aerial attraction
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Ropes Courses, Inc is to help Carnival Cruise Line transform the cruise guest experience on Carnival Sunrise with its Sky Trail in 2019

Ropes Courses is to help Carnival Cruise Line transform the guest experience on Carnival Sunrise

AmaWaterways chooses first British godmother for newest ship

AmaWaterways chooses first British godmother for newest ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, January 21, 2019

Advantage Travel Partnership CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said will name AmaDouro this April

Virgin Voyages' to add RockStar Suites to first ship Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages' to add RockStar Suites to first ship Scarlet Lady
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, January 21, 2019

The 78 suites have been designed to offer "rebellious luxe" by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio

La Méridionale saves fuel with the help of Eniram technology

La Méridionale saves fuel with the help of Eniram technology
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, January 17, 2019

French ferry operator trials energy management solutions on ro-pax ferry Piana

How to recycle passenger ferries safely and legally

How to recycle passenger ferries safely and legally
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, January 17, 2019

HFW’s William MacLachlan advises how ferry operators can stay on the right side of the law when they sell their older ferries for recycling

HFW’s William MacLachlan discusses what to do when vessels reach the end of their lifecycle 

Cruise passenger numbers soar by 15% in Grenada

Cruise passenger numbers soar by 15% in Grenada
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Growth has been attributed to the fact that larger cruise ships are visiting the Caribbean tri-island state

Ponant to offer free wi-fi on all ships

Ponant to offer free wi-fi on all ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Guests and crew will be able to stay connected wherever they are sailing in the world

A popular design partner: Spear Green Design

A popular design partner: Spear Green Design
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The marine interior design firm has created high quality interiors for several vessels recently, cementing its reputation in the ferry industry

The marine interior design firm is creating high quality interiors, cementing its reputation in the ferry industry

Regent Seven Seas orders sixth all-suite cruise ship from Fincantieri

Regent Seven Seas orders sixth all-suite cruise ship from Fincantieri
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New vessel will be built as a sister to Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor and debut in 2023

Portland Port set to smash cruise records in 2019

Portland Port set to smash cruise records in 2019
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, January 15, 2019

UK port will host more than 60,000 passengers and 44 ships, including 11 newcomers

Saifee Ship Spare Parts & Ship Chandlers: an ideal partner

Saifee Ship Spare Parts & Ship Chandlers: an ideal partner
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Idris Shahpurwalla tells Rebecca Gibson how Saifee Ship Spare Parts & Ship Chandlers manages and executes wholesale distribution services for cruise operators with retail efficiency

Idris Shahpurwalla discusses how Saifee manages wholesale distribution services for cruise lines

Harland and Wolff starts £5 million refit on five Stena Ferries

Harland and Wolff starts £5 million refit on five Stena Ferries
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, January 14, 2019

The Irish Sea-based vessels will be dry docked consecutively in Belfast over the next 10 weeks

AD Associates to work on Crystal Diamond interiors

AD Associates to work on Crystal Diamond interiors
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, January 14, 2019

Crystal Cruises chooses long-standing design partner for first new ocean cruise ships since 2003

Damen Shiprepair Brest completes refit of Queen Elizabeth

Damen Shiprepair Brest completes refit of Queen Elizabeth
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, January 11, 2019

Cunard ship underwent scheduled maintenance and repair work before resuming service

Zen Cruises launches new cruise brand in India

Zen Cruises launches new cruise brand in India
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jalesh Cruises to offer both domestic and international itineraries from April 2019

Canaveral Port Authority chooses cruise terminal contractor

Canaveral Port Authority chooses cruise terminal contractor
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ivey’s Construction wins US$108.5 million contract for the facility and a parking garage

Live Business installs interactive LED screen on Pride of Bruges

Live Business installs interactive LED screen on Pride of Bruges
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Company starts project to deliver digital entertainment across P&O Ferries' passenger ships

Adam Goldstein named as global chair of CLIA

Adam Goldstein named as global chair of CLIA
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. executive returns to role he previously held in 2015 and 2016

Vard lays keel for Ponant’s electric hybrid polar expedition ship

Vard lays keel for Ponant’s electric hybrid polar expedition ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Le Commandant Charcot is to be delivered in 2021 when she will begin sailing in polar regions