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.


Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven to renovate AIDAvita

Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven to renovate AIDAvita
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 24, 2017

German shipyard will reconfigure several public areas before AIDA ship starts summer season

Spanish cruise ports aim to hit 9.5 million passenger mark by 2020

Spanish cruise ports aim to hit 9.5 million passenger mark by 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 24, 2017

Country's cruise ports welcomed a record 8.7 million passengers in 2016, a 0.6% rise from 2015

Havyard Production & Service to do electrical work on Celebrity ships

Havyard Production & Service to do electrical work on Celebrity ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 24, 2017

Norway-based company will work in two out of seven zones on line's four Edge class newbuilds

Dover Cruise Port to welcome 96 cruise calls in 2017

Dover Cruise Port to welcome 96 cruise calls in 2017
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 24, 2017

Several cruise lines will return to the popular UK port this season

Cruise Ireland ports expecting a record season in 2017

Cruise Ireland ports expecting a record season in 2017
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ports across the whole island are set to welcome 300 cruise calls this year

Fincantieri lays first keel block for Nieuw Statendam

Fincantieri lays first keel block for Nieuw Statendam
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 23, 2017

Holland America Line's second Pinnacle class vessel takes shape at Italian shipyard

Genting Hong Kong names Colin Au as group president

Genting Hong Kong names Colin Au as group president
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hospitality executive Kent Zhu has also been named as president of new Genting Cruise Lines brand

Boreal Sjø’s new fast ferry starts service in Norway

Boreal Sjø’s new fast ferry starts service in Norway
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The 147-passenger Jektøy was built by Norway-based shipyard Brødrene

Cruise Scotland welcomes six new members to cruise association

Cruise Scotland welcomes six new members to cruise association
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New members join ahead of the association's eighth successive record-breaking season

Global Eagle Entertainment develops new Airtime Portal for cruise ships

Global Eagle Entertainment develops new Airtime Portal for cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Portal delivers wi-fi, instant messaging, social media, live TV, movies and more to passengers’ devices

Almaco to build catering areas onboard Saga Cruises newbuild

Almaco to build catering areas onboard Saga Cruises newbuild
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Line's first purpose-built ship will be built by Meyer Werft and delivered in summer 2019

Seabourn to offer Denali Experience during 2017 Alaska cruises

Seabourn to offer Denali Experience during 2017 Alaska cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Four-day tour takes guests to Denali National Park and marks line's return to Alaska after 15 years

Pacific Dawn returns to sea with new waterslides and The Pantry

Pacific Dawn returns to sea with new waterslides and The Pantry
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

P&O Cruises' Australia-based ship finishes interior refit at Sembawang

CDC awards Koninsgdam full marks during health inspection

CDC awards Koninsgdam full marks during health inspection
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, March 20, 2017

Holland America Line's flagship earns second perfect score since April 2016 launch 

Saga Cruises renews commitment to Portsmouth International Port

Saga Cruises renews commitment to Portsmouth International Port
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, March 20, 2017

Saga Pearl II and Saga Sapphire will make a total of 15 calls at UK port in 2018

Sunstone Ships orders four new expedition cruise vessels

Sunstone Ships orders four new expedition cruise vessels
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, March 20, 2017

Project will involve CMIH, Tomas Tillberg Design International, Mäkinen and Ulstein Design & Solutions

Penang Port and Royal Caribbean to upgrade cruise terminal

Penang Port and Royal Caribbean to upgrade cruise terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, March 20, 2017

Companies will extend the cruise berths at Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in Malaysia

Global Eagle to provide wi-fi and entertainment on Norwegian ships

Global Eagle to provide wi-fi and entertainment on Norwegian ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 17, 2017

Passengers on line's 14 ships to benefit from tiered wi-fi, text and video plans

Grand Bahama to refit Caribbean Princess this March

Grand Bahama to refit Caribbean Princess this March
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 17, 2017

Renovated ship to have interconnecting staterooms, Ocean Medallion, and areas for young guests

Saga Cruises to open Port of Cork's 2017 season

Saga Cruises to open Port of Cork's 2017 season
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish port expects to host 65 ship calls and around 160,000 passengers and crew – more than in 2016

Windstar to sail first New England and Canada cruises in 2018

Windstar to sail first New England and Canada cruises in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 17, 2017

Star Pride will homeport in New York for the first time and sail four different itineraries

Norwegian unveils new Project Leonardo-Class ships

Norwegian unveils new Project Leonardo-Class ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 16, 2017

Four 3,300-guest newbuilds will build on Breakaway-Plus Class and launch between 2022 and 2025

Cunard Line to renovate Queen Victoria this May

Cunard Line to renovate Queen Victoria this May
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ship will be fitted with a restaurant, suites and the line's new Chart Room concept

Prince Rupert to host biggest cruise season in six years

Prince Rupert to host biggest cruise season in six years
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 16, 2017

Canadian cruise port will welcome 25 ships and 17,000 passengers in 2017

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment debuts three new safety solutions

VIKING Life-Saving Equipment debuts three new safety solutions
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 16, 2017

New VIKING LifeCraft, VEC PlusTM evacuation solution and lifejackets showcased at Seatrade 

Cruise passenger numbers on the rise in Valencia

Cruise passenger numbers on the rise in Valencia
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spanish cruise port aims to host 600,000 passengers and 250 stopovers per year by 2020

ALMACO to build provision stores on AIDA Cruises’ LNG newbuilds

ALMACO to build provision stores on AIDA Cruises’ LNG newbuilds
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Company will also deliver Fast Thawing Chambers to enable AIDA to thaw 6,750 kg of food per day

Passenger numbers hit all-time high in Britain in 2016

Passenger numbers hit all-time high in Britain in 2016
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A total of 114 ships from 52 cruise lines brought a record 1.21 million cruisers to 55 UK ports

Strategic Marine wins two passenger ferry contracts

Strategic Marine wins two passenger ferry contracts
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shipyard will build one ferry for Scotland's Pentland Ferries and another for an Asian operator

Port Everglades and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. sign MOU

Port Everglades and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. sign MOU
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Proposed deal will see cruise company berthing ships in US port until 2026 and a terminal renovation

Carnival Corporation opens Fleet Operations Center in Seattle

Carnival Corporation opens Fleet Operations Center in Seattle
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, March 14, 2017

FOCs provide real-time monitoring and support services for corporation’s 102-ship global fleet

Celebrity Edge to feature Magic Carpet and Infinite Verandas

Celebrity Edge to feature Magic Carpet and Infinite Verandas
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Celebrity's first newbuild in more than 10 years will offer various luxury interiors and venues

Foreship to help Norwegian comply with ballast water convention

Foreship to help Norwegian comply with ballast water convention
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Cruise line to install Ballast Water Treatment Systems on five of its ships

Four cruise ships bring 10,000 guests to St. Kitts in one day

Four cruise ships bring 10,000 guests to St. Kitts in one day
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, March 13, 2017

This season the Caribbean island will host a record 391 calls and 1.13 million cruise passengers

Port of Helsinki opens new passenger ferry terminal

Port of Helsinki opens new passenger ferry terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, March 13, 2017

New facility features an automated vessel mooring system from Cavotec

SCH to provide stevedoring services for Silversea at Southampton

SCH to provide stevedoring services for Silversea at Southampton
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, March 13, 2017

Operator will also continue to handle calls for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. brands at UK port

Coin ceremony marks construction milestone for Carnival Horizon

Coin ceremony marks construction milestone for Carnival Horizon
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, March 13, 2017

Traditional celebration marked the successful completion of Carnival Horizon’s exterior outfitting

Cruise and ferry passenger numbers rise in Portsmouth

Cruise and ferry passenger numbers rise in Portsmouth
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 10, 2017

UK port welcomed two million passengers for first time in five years in 2016

Royal Caribbean breaks ground on new Miami terminal

Royal Caribbean breaks ground on new Miami terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 10, 2017

Facility to open in November 2018 when Allure of the Seas and new Symphony of the Seas arrive in US city

CruiseForth receives £79,000 of funding from Scottish Enterprise

CruiseForth receives £79,000 of funding from Scottish Enterprise
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 10, 2017

Funding to help grassroots initiative get more local businesses involved in Scotland's cruise market

Bolidt to provide decking systems for all six Viking Ocean Cruises ships

Bolidt to provide decking systems for all six Viking Ocean Cruises ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 10, 2017

Firm has already worked on three vessels and will install the same flooring on three more by 2019

Jamaica to host more than two million passengers in 2017

Jamaica to host more than two million passengers in 2017
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, March 10, 2017

Jamaica has developed new Cruise Jamaica initiative, which will be promoted at Seatrade Cruise Global

Silversea makes history with the first-ever cruise ship call to Bangladesh

Silversea makes history with the first-ever cruise ship call to Bangladesh
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Silver Discoverer made her inaugural call to Maheshkhali Island on 22 February 2017

Viking River Cruises christens two longships in Germany

Viking River Cruises christens two longships in Germany
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Naming ceremony also marked the river cruise line's 20th anniversary

Royal Caribbean to help grow Bahamas cruise tourism

Royal Caribbean to help grow Bahamas cruise tourism
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cruise line has also committed to training and employing Bahamian nationals for its ships

Norwegian debuts new physical adventure game on four ships

Norwegian debuts new physical adventure game on four ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Escape The Big Top game tests guests' critical thinking skills against the clock

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises reveals names of expedition newbuilds

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises reveals names of expedition newbuilds
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hanseatic Nature and Hanseatic Inspiration will launch in April and October 2019 respectively

Royal Caribbean to strengthen fly-cruise market in Singapore

Royal Caribbean to strengthen fly-cruise market in Singapore
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cruise line forms second marketing partnership with Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport

Clipper to launch Vancouver to Victoria ferry service in 2018

Clipper to launch Vancouver to Victoria ferry service in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Canadian operator will offer the service on high-speed catamaran owned by parent company FRS

Poole Harbour starts building new £10 million pier

Poole Harbour starts building new £10 million pier
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New 200-metre quay will be able to accommodate cruise ships when it opens at the end of 2017