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.


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's 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 

What is BSH IT Solutions' secret to providing reliable IT at sea?

What is BSH IT Solutions' secret to providing reliable IT at sea?
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The company offers ship operators project management, hardware and technical support to help keep their crew and passengers stay safe and connected at sea

The company's solutions help crew and passengers to stay safe and connected

MSC Grandiosa moves a step closer to completion in France

MSC Grandiosa moves a step closer to completion in France
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, January 7, 2019

MSC Cruises' first Meraviglia Plus ship floats out of dry dock at Chantiers de l'Atlantique yard

Micky Arison resumes role as FCCA chairman

Micky Arison resumes role as FCCA chairman
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, January 4, 2019

Arison previously led the cruise association for a total of 12 years and will oversee all operations until 2021

Incat prepares Virtu Ferries newbuild for sea trials in Tasmania

Incat prepares Virtu Ferries newbuild for sea trials in Tasmania
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, January 4, 2019

New high-speed passenger and vehicle ferry leaves building dock for final outfitting ahead of tests

Princess Cruises doubles wine list for 2019

Princess Cruises doubles wine list for 2019
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, January 3, 2019

The 140 wines were chosen by master sommelier and wine expert Doug Frost

CLIA predicts top 11 cruise trends for 2019

CLIA predicts top 11 cruise trends for 2019
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New report forecasts what factors will drive around 30 million people to take a cruise in 2019

Simplifying booking with Hogia Ferry Systems’ BOOKIT

Simplifying booking with Hogia Ferry Systems’ BOOKIT
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 31, 2018

The reservation, ticketing and check-in solution makes it easy for ferry operators to manage passenger bookings

Reservation, ticketing and check-in solution improves passenger booking management for ferry operators

Adonis Gangway Control Monitor to keep track of crew members

Adonis Gangway Control Monitor to keep track of crew members
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, December 27, 2018

The module for its Adonis Personnel Manager solution enables crew members register their absence via Adonis Time Clock tablets

Solution enables crew members register their absence via Time Clock tablets

Schindler Marine: Improving the elevator experience

Schindler Marine: Improving the elevator experience
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The company’s intelligent PORT Technology solution has transformed how passengers move between the different decks of Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Horizon

PORT Technology solution transforms passenger movement between decks on Carnival Horizon

MSC Cruises names key officers for MSC Bellissima

MSC Cruises names key officers for MSC Bellissima
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 24, 2018

Cruise line chooses long-term employees to fulfil the roles of captain, hotel director and chief engineer

Havyard secures grant to develop new hydrogen system

Havyard secures grant to develop new hydrogen system
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, December 21, 2018

Technology will enable Havila Kystruten’s new ro-pax ferries to operate emission-free for longer

Tarragona places itself on the Mediterranean cruise map

Tarragona places itself on the Mediterranean cruise map
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tarragona has already exceeded this year’s targets for attracting cruises and passenger numbers, and the port is looking forward to sustained growth in the future

Having exceeded this year’s passenger targets, the port is aiming for sustained future growth

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises creates wellness deck

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises creates wellness deck
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, December 20, 2018

Expedition vessels will feature an expansive spa, fitness studio and pool inspired by the natural world

Bolidt provides decking solutions for Celebrity Edge

Bolidt provides decking solutions for Celebrity Edge
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Decorative, yet functional, flooring has been used in public spaces, outdoor areas and on cabin balconies

Rederi AB Gotland takes delivery of new dual-fuel ferry

Rederi AB Gotland takes delivery of new dual-fuel ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Visborg was designed by OSK ShipTech and built by China's Guangzhou Shipyard International

Norway’s Port of OldenLoen: Gateway to the glaciers

Norway’s Port of OldenLoen: Gateway to the glaciers
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Frequently included in Norwegian Fjords itineraries, OldenLoen supplies an impressive spectrum of offerings to cruise visitors. Rebecca Gibson hears from Sølve Oldeide, operating manager at Port of OldenLoen

Sølve Oldeide discusses OldenLoen’s impressive spectrum of offerings to cruise visitors

Diamond Princess joins Sapphire Princess in Singapore

Diamond Princess joins Sapphire Princess in Singapore
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, December 19, 2018

December 2018 marks the first time Princess Cruises has based two ships in the country simultaneously 

Global cruise industry to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030

Global cruise industry to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

CLIA members become first in the maritime industry to jointly commit to reducing environmental footprint

W.B. Yeats departs FSG shipyard for new Dublin homeport

W.B. Yeats departs FSG shipyard for new Dublin homeport
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Irish Ferries' new flagship will begin offering weekly services between Oreland and France from 2019

Royal Caribbean returns to New Orleans after three-year hiatus

Royal Caribbean returns to New Orleans after three-year hiatus
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Vision of the Seas begins her inaugural homeporting season from the US state of Louisiana

Cruise lines to join Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020

Cruise lines to join Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 17, 2018

International Mayflower Compact to host events at ports that were on the ship's UK-US journey in 1620

Costa Cruises to manage cruise services at Savona port until 2044

Costa Cruises to manage cruise services at Savona port until 2044
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 17, 2018

Line extends deal with Western Liguria Sea Port Authority and invests €4.5 million to upgrade facilities

Brittany Ferries celebrates as FSG floats out Honfleur's hull

Brittany Ferries celebrates as FSG floats out Honfleur's hull
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 17, 2018

Newbuild moves a step closer to becoming the first LNG-powered ship to operate on the English Channel

Ege Port Kuşadası to host 54th MedCruise General Assembly

Ege Port Kuşadası to host 54th MedCruise General Assembly
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Association members and cruise executives will convene to discuss the Mediterranean cruise sector 

TT-Line orders dual-fuel ro-pax ferry from Jiangsu Jinling

TT-Line orders dual-fuel ro-pax ferry from Jiangsu Jinling
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Vessel will be the first in the new Green Ship class and is set to start service in the Baltic Sea in 2022

Port of Galveston signs MOU for third cruise terminal

Port of Galveston signs MOU for third cruise terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

US port negotiating terms of the potential 60-year operating contract with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Bergen secures funding for first shore power facility for cruise ships

Bergen secures funding for first shore power facility for cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 10, 2018

Norwegian port aims to open the three new connection points ahead of the 2020 cruise season

MJM Group expands marine outfitting business to Poland

MJM Group expands marine outfitting business to Poland
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 10, 2018

New design and administration office will support key projects at firm's headquarters in Northern Ireland

Carnival to name first LNG-powered ship Mardi Gras

Carnival to name first LNG-powered ship Mardi Gras
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, December 7, 2018

Vessel's name pays tribute to the line's its inaugural cruise ship and its history as "America’s Cruise Line”

NCLH to develop cruise pier at Alaska's Icy Strait Point

NCLH to develop cruise pier at Alaska's Icy Strait Point
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, December 7, 2018

Cruise corporation joins with Alaska-based Huna Totem Corporation to build facility by 2020

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is to name its first vessel Azora

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is to name its first vessel Azora
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, December 6, 2018

Line's first luxury yacht will feature interiors by Tillberg Design of Sweden and will sail boutique itineraries 

National Geographic Venture starts service in the US

National Geographic Venture starts service in the US
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, December 6, 2018

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic christens the second expedition newbuild in its history