Author: Rebecca Gibson

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


Asian ports to welcome 7,100 cruise calls in 2018

Asian ports to welcome 7,100 cruise calls in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 23, 2018

CLIA Asia report shows that 60% of the port calls will be in East Asia and 36% in South East Asia

Virgin Voyages to christen first ship Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages to christen first ship Scarlet Lady
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 23, 2018

Company reveals name and plans to ban plastic and empower women during float-out ceremony

Fincantieri to build two LNG ships for Princess Cruises

Fincantieri to build two LNG ships for Princess Cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 23, 2018

Carnival Corporation brand has now ordered a total of 11 dual-fuel vessels for four of its brands

Lindblad Expeditions to order new polar expedition cruise ship

Lindblad Expeditions to order new polar expedition cruise ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 20, 2018

New vessel to debut in 2021 to meet customer demand for authentic expedition travel

Two Regent Seven Seas ships help Portland Port make history

Two Regent Seven Seas ships help Portland Port make history
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 20, 2018

UK port hosts simultaneous call by two cruise ships from the same cruise line for the first time

The key to success in the quest for operational excellence

The key to success in the quest for operational excellence
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 19, 2018

The operations managers of the major cruise and ferry brands face multiple challenges in keeping their fleets afloat. Michele Witthaus finds out what’s top of the agenda for three of them

We ask Stena Teknik, Genting Cruise Lines and Scandlines how they keep their fleets afloat

Norwegian Joy to reposition from China to Alaska in spring 2019

Norwegian Joy to reposition from China to Alaska in spring 2019
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ship is one of several Norwegian vessels being redeployed to meet customer demand 

Celebrity Cruises to invest US$500 million to upgrade entire fleet

Celebrity Cruises to invest US$500 million to upgrade entire fleet
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 18, 2018

All vessels will be revitalised with venues inspired by those on the new Celebrity Edge

Sun Princess returns to the waves with new livery and venues

Sun Princess returns to the waves with new livery and venues
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Vessel renovated in Singapore as part of Princess Cruises' fleet-wide ‘Come Back New Promise’

Wightlink prepares to welcome first hybrid battery ferry

Wightlink prepares to welcome first hybrid battery ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Victoria of Wight has left Cemre shipyard in Turley and will arrive in her new UK home early this August

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to christen Red Jet 7

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to christen Red Jet 7
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Red Funnel's new high-speed ferry will be inaugurated on the Isle of Wight on 24 July 2018

St. Kitts welcomes one millionth cruise passenger

St. Kitts welcomes one millionth cruise passenger
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Record number of cruise visitors elevates the Caribbean island to marquee port status

AIDA launches competition to find godparent family for AIDAnova

AIDA launches competition to find godparent family for AIDAnova
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Families consisting of two to five people can apply for the role via German newspaper Bild am Sonntag

Bacardi and Lonely Whale to cut one billion plastic straws by 2020

Bacardi and Lonely Whale to cut one billion plastic straws by 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 16, 2018

Organisations embark on new programme to reduce single-use plastic on ships and onshore

Two Holland America ships to offer extended Hawaii voyages

Two Holland America ships to offer extended Hawaii voyages
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 16, 2018

Eurodam and Amsterdam will offer departures from ports in the US and Canada in 2018-2019

Ponant names Le Lapérouse in Hafnarfjörður

Ponant names Le Lapérouse in Hafnarfjörður
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 13, 2018

First of the line's new Explorer Series has started service and will be joined by five sister ships by 2020

TUI Cruises orders first two LNG ships from Fincantieri

TUI Cruises orders first two LNG ships from Fincantieri
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 13, 2018

Newbuilds will be delivered in 2024 and 2026 and bring the Mein Schiff fleet up to nine vessels

WETA debuts new aluminium passenger ferry in California

WETA debuts new aluminium passenger ferry in California
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 13, 2018

Eco-friendly vessel is part of a series of vessels designed by Incat Crowther and built by Vigor

Providing ferry services to cruise passengers in Mexico

Providing ferry services to cruise passengers in Mexico
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 13, 2018

German Orozco talks to Rebecca Gibson about how Ultramar ferries play an important role in helping cruise guests to make the most of their time in Mexico

German Orozco explains how Ultramar is helping cruise guests enjoy their time in Mexico

P&O Ferries debuts new menu with ingredients from British suppliers

P&O Ferries debuts new menu with ingredients from British suppliers
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 13, 2018

Sandwiches and salads will be available on the line's ferries on the English Channel and North Sea

Norwegian orders fifth and sixth Project Leonardo cruise ships

Norwegian orders fifth and sixth Project Leonardo cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 12, 2018

Line exercises option to add two energy-efficient newbuilds to its original four-ship order at Fincantieri

Crystal River Cruises christens Crystal Ravel in Hungary

Crystal River Cruises christens Crystal Ravel in Hungary
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 12, 2018

Line's fifth river ship named by Hungarian philanthropist and ‘Virtuosos’ creator Mariann Peller

MSC Cruises to build new cruise terminal at PortMiami

MSC Cruises to build new cruise terminal at PortMiami
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 12, 2018

Facility will accommodate the line's new 7,000-guest World Class ships when it opens in 2022

WSF becomes first US ferry line to join Green Marine

WSF becomes first US ferry line to join Green Marine
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 12, 2018

Operator will use sustainability programme to reduce its environmental impact

P&O Cruises newbuild to feature glass atrium and SkyDome venue

P&O Cruises newbuild to feature glass atrium and SkyDome venue
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Iona to boast innovative spaces created by design firms Jestico + Whiles and Eckersley O’Callaghan

Cruise interior fit-out firm MJM Group to expand team

Cruise interior fit-out firm MJM Group to expand team
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Company seeks quantity surveyors, contract managers, designers, production and workshop staff

Genting Cruise Lines to help grow cruise tourism on Bintan Island

Genting Cruise Lines to help grow cruise tourism on Bintan Island
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Company signs MOU with PT. Bintan Resort Cakrawala during Genting Dream's maiden call

Damen Shiprepair Brest refurbishes Norwegian Breakaway

Damen Shiprepair Brest refurbishes Norwegian Breakaway
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Shipyard worked with contractors like ABB Marine and Brunvoll to complete maintenance work 

Sustainable Ocean Summit to explore Asia's role in global maritime industry

Sustainable Ocean Summit to explore Asia's role in global maritime industry
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 9, 2018

Event will also focus on improving sustainability in shipping when it's held in Hong Kong this November

European cruise industry generated a record €47.9 billion in 2017

European cruise industry generated a record €47.9 billion in 2017
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 9, 2018

New figures from CLIA showed that 6.5 million people embarked on a cruise from the region last year

Port of Yokohama starts building new Shinko Cruise Terminal

Port of Yokohama starts building new Shinko Cruise Terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 9, 2018

Japanese city will also extend cruise berth to enable it to host larger passenger vessels

Damen to build five all-electric passenger ferries for Arriva Danmark

Damen to build five all-electric passenger ferries for Arriva Danmark
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 6, 2018

Zero-emission vessels will operate daily services in Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city

Viking Sun makes maiden call at Port of Kiel

Viking Sun makes maiden call at Port of Kiel
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 6, 2018

Viking Ocean Cruises is the second cruise line to visit the German port for the first time in 2018

Meyer Turku hosts coin ceremony for new Costa Smeralda

Meyer Turku hosts coin ceremony for new Costa Smeralda
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 5, 2018

Finnish shipbuilder starts assembling the superstructure for Costa's first LNG cruise ship

IMO launches video to improve domestic ferry safety in Asia-Pacific

IMO launches video to improve domestic ferry safety in Asia-Pacific
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 5, 2018

Free video to be shown at ferry terminals to encourage passengers to listen to crew 

Number of British cruise passengers to surpass two million in 2018

Number of British cruise passengers to surpass two million in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 5, 2018

CLIA UK and Ireland forecasts growth after research shows a record 1.97 million Britons set sail in 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises orders third expedition ship from Vard

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises orders third expedition ship from Vard
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Hanseatic Spirit will also be the line's first adults-only ship when she debuts in 2021

TV producer Mariann Peller to christen Crystal Ravel this July

TV producer Mariann Peller to christen Crystal Ravel this July
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Crystal's latest river cruise vessel will be named at a traditional ceremony in Hungary 

BMT and BAE Systems design concept hybrid eco ferry

BMT and BAE Systems design concept hybrid eco ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Ferry has a catamaran hull, an energy storage system and a rooftop solar panel

Brodosplit to supply prefab blocks for Fincantieri-built cruise ships

Brodosplit to supply prefab blocks for Fincantieri-built cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Croatian shipbuilder will deliver the sections to the Italian shipyard in 2019

Servowatch installs alarm and monitoring system on Condor Rapide

Servowatch installs alarm and monitoring system on Condor Rapide
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New solution will help to improve operational safety onboard the UK-based fast-ferry

Hurtigruten celebrates 125 years of exploration travel

Hurtigruten celebrates 125 years of exploration travel
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Norwegian operator looks forward to a positive future with plastic ban and hybrid battery-powered vessels

Holland America sells Prisendam to Phoenix Reisen

Holland America sells Prisendam to Phoenix Reisen
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The 835-guest ship will sail with the cruise line until 1 July 2019, before moving to German operator's fleet

T. Mariotti and Damen form joint venture to build Seabourn ships

T. Mariotti and Damen form joint venture to build Seabourn ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 2, 2018

Shipyards sign letter of intent for two ultra-luxury, Polar Class 6 expedition vessels 

Windstar Cruises makes history in Seattle

Windstar Cruises makes history in Seattle
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 2, 2018

Star Legend becomes largest-every cruise ship to transit Ballard Locks and sail onto Lake Union

Scanship to supply total clean ship system for new Silver Dawn

Scanship to supply total clean ship system for new Silver Dawn
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 2, 2018

Systems will enable Silversea to process food waste and garbage, and purify wastewater

RSSC marks construction milestone for Seven Seas Splendor

RSSC marks construction milestone for Seven Seas Splendor
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 29, 2018

Fincantieri lays keel for newbuild, while cruise line showcases full-size models of the ship's suites

Port Everglades unveils new terminal for Celebrity Cruises

Port Everglades unveils new terminal for Celebrity Cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 29, 2018

Bermello Ajamil creates facility with ‘Frictionless Arrival’ technology and exclusive lounges

VisitAarhus expands Danish city's team of volunteer tourist guides

VisitAarhus expands Danish city's team of volunteer tourist guides
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 29, 2018

Aarhus now has 1,300 locals who will greet cruise guests, show them attractions and help at events

Meyer Werft lays keel for Saga Discovery in Germany

Meyer Werft lays keel for Saga Discovery in Germany
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 29, 2018

Saga Cruises hosts coin ceremony to mark construction milestone for its first-ever newbuild ship