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.


Fred. Olsen flagship Balmoral to start second season from the Port of Tyne

Fred. Olsen flagship Balmoral to start second season from the Port of Tyne
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Balmoral will offer a record 13 voyages from the UK cruise port this year

Windstar Cruises doubles European itineraries for 2018

Windstar Cruises doubles European itineraries for 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ships will sail 40 cruises in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, visiting 26 new ports

Two Holland America Line ships to sail in Mexico in 2017-2018

Two Holland America Line ships to sail in Mexico in 2017-2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 22, 2017

Oosterdam will join Westerdam to offer a combined total of 11 cruises to three ports

Damen starts work on Cruise & Maritime Voyages flagship

Damen starts work on Cruise & Maritime Voyages flagship
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 22, 2017

P&O Cruises' Pacific Pearl is now being converted into Columbus

Fincantieri to purchase majority shares in STX France

Fincantieri to purchase majority shares in STX France
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 22, 2017

Italian shipbuilder will buy 66.66% of shares in the French yard for €79.5 million

Le Havre celebrates a year of AIDAprima departures

Le Havre celebrates a year of AIDAprima departures
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 19, 2017

French cruise port presents AIDA ship's captain with a plaque to mark the milestone

Port of Québec to berth cruise ships at Quai Paquet

Port of Québec to berth cruise ships at Quai Paquet
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 19, 2017

Canadian cruise port signs new agreement with the City of Lévis

MSC Cruises shares concepts for first two Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows

MSC Cruises shares concepts for first two Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 19, 2017

Sonor and Viaggio will debut on MSC Meraviglia alongside themed dining and cocktail experiences

Emerald Waterways launches three new Europe-based river cruise ships

Emerald Waterways launches three new Europe-based river cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 19, 2017

Emerald Destiny, Emerald Liberté and Emerald Radiance joined fleet in April and May

Fred. Olsen to break into the European river cruise market

Fred. Olsen to break into the European river cruise market
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 18, 2017

Newly acquired Brabant will sail itineraries on the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle from 2018

Uljanik Shipyard lays keel for Scenic's new expedition yacht

Uljanik Shipyard lays keel for Scenic's new expedition yacht
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 18, 2017

The all-suite Scenic Eclipse will be delivered in August 2018 and offer adventures worldwide

FRS orders new high-speed ferry for Hamburg to Helgoland route

FRS orders new high-speed ferry for Hamburg to Helgoland route
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 18, 2017

New catamaran to be built by Austal and feature MTU engines and Rolls-Royce waterjets

Aurora Expeditions to debut polar expedition ship in 2019

Aurora Expeditions to debut polar expedition ship in 2019
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Newbuild is one of four new ships ordered by SunStone Ships at China Merchant Industry Holdings

Australian comedian Jean Kittson christens Scenic Azure

Australian comedian Jean Kittson christens Scenic Azure
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Scenic newbuild is the first river cruise ship to be purpose-built to sail on the Douro River in Portugal

Norwegian starts first season of regular ex-UK cruises since 2010

Norwegian starts first season of regular ex-UK cruises since 2010
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Norwegian Jade to sail from Southampton to Western Europe, North Cape, Iceland and Norway

Australia's cruise market hit record high in 2016

Australia's cruise market hit record high in 2016
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Australia is now the world's fifth largest passenger source market, says CLIA Australasia

Thomson Cruises launches TUI Discovery 2 in Malaga

Thomson Cruises launches TUI Discovery 2 in Malaga
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Newbuild debuts virtual reality experience and a new onboard Navigate app for passengers

Port of Kiel welcomes Le Soléal for the first time

Port of Kiel welcomes Le Soléal for the first time
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ponant ship's maiden visit was marked by traditional gift exchange ceremony

American Duchess to debut on the Mississippi in August 2017

American Duchess to debut on the Mississippi in August 2017
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 15, 2017

The American Queen Steamboat Company's third paddlewheeler will sail from New Orleans 

Mein Schiff 6 makes her maiden call to Germany

Mein Schiff 6 makes her maiden call to Germany
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 15, 2017

TUI Cruises' newbuild visited Kiel to start her series of inaugural cruises after delivery from Meyer Turku

AmaWaterways to debut new European river cruise ship concept

AmaWaterways to debut new European river cruise ship concept
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 15, 2017

AmaMagna to be twice the width of other Danube ships and offer an open waterports platform

Viking Ra to join Viking River Cruises fleet and sail in Egypt

Viking Ra to join Viking River Cruises fleet and sail in Egypt
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 12, 2017

Recently acquired ship will be completely refurbished before starting service in March 2018

AmaWaterways names AmaKristina and celebrates 15th anniversary

AmaWaterways names AmaKristina and celebrates 15th anniversary
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 12, 2017

AmaWaterways luxury fleet now comprises 20 river cruise ships

Disney to make maiden calls in Baie-Comeau, Saguenay and Québec City

Disney to make maiden calls in Baie-Comeau, Saguenay and Québec City
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 12, 2017

Disney Magic will visit Canada's St Lawrence region in 2018 as part of two new cruises from New York

Liverpool appoints team to develop new £50 million cruise terminal

Liverpool appoints team to develop new £50 million cruise terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 12, 2017

Ramboll, Stride Treglown, Gardiner & Theobald, JLL and Hyland Edgar Driver will design facility

University of Liege designs safe and affordable ferry for Thailand

University of Liege designs safe and affordable ferry for Thailand
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 11, 2017

Aluminium catamaran developed as part of Worldwide Ferry Safety Association competition

Vard cuts steel for Hapag-Lloyd's new expedition cruise ship

Vard cuts steel for Hapag-Lloyd's new expedition cruise ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 11, 2017

Construction starts on Hanseatic Nature, which will debut in April 2019 

Majestic Princess to sail two Grand Asia voyages in early 2018

Majestic Princess to sail two Grand Asia voyages in early 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ship will depart China for Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore

AIDAprima turns one as Port of Hamburg celebrates 828 years

AIDAprima turns one as Port of Hamburg celebrates 828 years
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 10, 2017

AIDA ship hosts firework display during the German port's anniversary celebrations

BC Ferries to start operating first dual-fuel ferry on 16 May

BC Ferries to start operating first dual-fuel ferry on 16 May
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Salish Orca will serve the Comox – Powell River route in British Columbia, Canada

The Wine Bank curates menu of sustainable wines for Costa Cruises

The Wine Bank curates menu of sustainable wines for Costa Cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Guests can choose from 100 wines from Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, New Zealand, Australia and the US

Hurtigruten to offer a record 100 shore excursions in Norway in 2018

Hurtigruten to offer a record 100 shore excursions in Norway in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Operator will also offer Young Explorer activities, as well as professional expedition teams on most ships

Meyer Turku officially delivers Mein Schiff 6 to TUI Cruises

Meyer Turku officially delivers Mein Schiff 6 to TUI Cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Newbuild is the fourth in a series of Mein Schiff ships the Finnish yard has built for the cruise line

Azamara adds four new sailings to Cuba line-up

Azamara adds four new sailings to Cuba line-up
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sailings in 2017 and 2018 will depart from PortMiami and feature overnights in Havana

CLIA finds 63% of travellers are now interested in cruising

CLIA finds 63% of travellers are now interested in cruising
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 8, 2017

Around 80% of survey respondents said they will board a cruise ship in the next 12 months

Norwegian and Alibaba to develop cruise offering for Chinese guests

Norwegian and Alibaba to develop cruise offering for Chinese guests
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 8, 2017

Company will also use Alibaba's ecosystem of consumers to promote cruises to new audience

Harmony of the Seas makes maiden call in St. Kitts

Harmony of the Seas makes maiden call in St. Kitts
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 8, 2017

World's largest cruise ship will visit St. Kitts every two weeks from May until August 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to get new terminal at PortMiami?

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to get new terminal at PortMiami?
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 5, 2017

Miami-Dade County commissioners sign resolution to build new Terminal B for US$100 million by 2020

Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven to host multiple maiden calls

Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven to host multiple maiden calls
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 5, 2017

German port will welcome new and regular visitors throughout 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line makes maiden call in Cuba

Norwegian Cruise Line makes maiden call in Cuba
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 4, 2017

Norwegian Sky kicks off a series of 53 four-day itineraries featuring visits to Havana

Harland & Wolff completes £5 million refit on seven Stena ferries

Harland & Wolff completes £5 million refit on seven Stena ferries
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 4, 2017

Irish Sea North fleet fitted with new livery and upgraded passenger facilities

Carnival to develop new cruise facility on Grand Bahama Island

Carnival to develop new cruise facility on Grand Bahama Island
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 4, 2017

Destination will feature a beach, recreational and dining facilities, and a pier that can host to ships

Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife becomes cruise ship repair centre

Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife becomes cruise ship repair centre
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 3, 2017

More cruise ships undergoing repair and refit work while berthed at Spanish port

Reygar launches new fleet monitoring system for passenger ships

Reygar launches new fleet monitoring system for passenger ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 3, 2017

BareFLEET provides detailed insights into all aspects of fleet performance and health

CruiseCopenhagen to boost cooperation between Danish ports

CruiseCopenhagen to boost cooperation between Danish ports
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Denmark to host record passenger numbers in 2017 following joint promotion efforts

Adriatic ports to welcome 4.73 million cruise passengers in 2017

Adriatic ports to welcome 4.73 million cruise passengers in 2017
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Risposte Turismo report released at Adriatic Sea Forum forecasts cruise and ferry figures

Royal Caribbean adds two ships to Gulf Coast for 2018

Royal Caribbean adds two ships to Gulf Coast for 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Cruise line will also return to New Orleans and Miami to offer more cruises to the Caribbean

Condor Ferries celebrates 30 years of passenger services in the UK

Condor Ferries celebrates 30 years of passenger services in the UK
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Line has transported 14 million passengers between UK and the Channel Islands since April 1987

Cruise Norway to beat cruise ship and passenger record

Cruise Norway to beat cruise ship and passenger record
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 1, 2017

Growth of autumn and winter cruise season has helped to boost numbers in Norway

Carnival Corporation shares renders of Barcelona cruise terminal

Carnival Corporation shares renders of Barcelona cruise terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 1, 2017

New €30 million facility was designed by Battle I Roig and open in 2018