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.


Hitting all-time highs

Hitting all-time highs
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Port of New Orleans is optimistic for the future following six consecutive years of record cruise growth

The Port of New Orleans is optimistic following a record cruise growth 

Red Funnel orders high-speed ferry from Wight Shipyard Co

Red Funnel orders high-speed ferry from Wight Shipyard Co
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Order for new passenger catamaran follows the successful delivery of Red Jet 6 in 2016

Crystal Bach officially joins Crystal River Cruise fleet

Crystal Bach officially joins Crystal River Cruise fleet
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Renowned opera singer Anna-Maria Kaufmann christens new ship in Germany

Gateway to the Norwegian fjords

Gateway to the Norwegian fjords
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 21, 2017

Efficient services, modern facilities and close proximity to multiple tourist attractions – the Port of Bergen provides the ideal place for cruise guests to start their Norwegian adventure

 The Port of Bergen allows cruise guests to start their Norwegian adventure

Norwegian Bliss to offer several at-sea firsts

Norwegian Bliss to offer several at-sea firsts
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 18, 2017

We highlight the dining and entertainment concepts on Norwegian's newbuild

Carnival adds five more Cuba sailings for 2018

Carnival adds five more Cuba sailings for 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 18, 2017

All five voyages include a day call and overnight in Havana, Cuba's capital city

Game-changing interior design

Game-changing interior design
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 18, 2017

Following the completion of Crystal Mozart, design firm AD Associates has quietly carved a niche for itself within the luxury marine sector

AD Associates has carved a niche for itself after completing Crystal Mozart

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Bremen receives Polar Ship Certificate

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Bremen receives Polar Ship Certificate
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 17, 2017

First passenger ship in the world to comply with Polar Code, which will be mandatory from January 2018

Speedcast to provide communication services for Fred. Olsen

Speedcast to provide communication services for Fred. Olsen
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 17, 2017

Guests and crew on Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch will all benefit 

Four Regent Seven Seas Cruises ships to offer 118 new sailings in 2019-2020

Four Regent Seven Seas Cruises ships to offer 118 new sailings in 2019-2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The cruises will call in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean, and Asia 

Royal Caribbean to name Quantum Ultra class ship Spectrum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean to name Quantum Ultra class ship Spectrum of the Seas
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Name revealed as Meyer Werft cuts the first piece of steel for the new cruise ship

Entering new markets

Entering new markets
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 16, 2017

After building its first passenger ferry and securing a second newbuild contract in 2016, Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard is already making a name for itself in the ferry sector

After securing a second newbuild contract, Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard makes a name for itself 

Opera singer Anna-Maria Kaufmann to name Crystal Bach

Opera singer Anna-Maria Kaufmann to name Crystal Bach
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New European river ship will be christened on 20 August during a call in Rüdesheim, Germany

Montreal Port Authority opens shore power facility at new cruise terminal

Montreal Port Authority opens shore power facility at new cruise terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 14, 2017

Shore power is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the port by 2,800 tonnes per year

Discovering Dominica

Discovering Dominica
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 14, 2017

Benoit Bardouille predicts Dominica’s cruise numbers will continue to rise as the island’s tourism authority diversifies its shore excursion programme and collaborates more closely with cruise lines

Benoit Bardouille predicts Dominica’s cruise numbers will continue to rise 


Four cruise ships to make simultaneous calls in Kiel

Four cruise ships to make simultaneous calls in Kiel
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 11, 2017

AIDA Cruises, Holland America and MSC Cruises will bring 23,000 passengers to the German port

Seabourn Sojourn to offer new Extended Explorations voyages

Seabourn Sojourn to offer new Extended Explorations voyages
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 10, 2017

Itineraries will take guests to 30 new ports in various tropical destinations

Celebrity names Nathaly Albán as first female captain in the Galapagos

Celebrity names Nathaly Albán as first female captain in the Galapagos
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 10, 2017

Albán is the second female captain to be operating the Celebrity Cruises fleet

AmaWaterways names Filomena Andre as godmother of AmaLea

AmaWaterways names Filomena Andre as godmother of AmaLea
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Renowned travel industry expert will officially christen the vessels in Vilshofen in May 2018

SuperStar Libra to sail from three homeports in Southeast Asia

SuperStar Libra to sail from three homeports in Southeast Asia
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 8, 2017

From September, guests can embark in Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Phuket, Thailand

Creating the perfect cruise experience

Creating the perfect cruise experience
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Michael Jungen gives Rebecca Gibson an insight into Ocean Medallion, a first-of-its-kind wearable device that will help Carnival Corporation personalise the guest experience

Michael Jungen gives an insight into Ocean Medallion, a first-of-its-kind wearable device 

MV Werften officially delivers first-ever newbuild in Wismar

MV Werften officially delivers first-ever newbuild in Wismar
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 7, 2017

Germany-based shipyard handed over Crystal Bach to Crystal River Cruises

Thomson Cruises chooses ted as entertainment provider on new ships

Thomson Cruises chooses ted as entertainment provider on new ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 7, 2017

Programme includes theatre shows, musical performances and children’s concepts

REIDsteel completes steelwork on new Wightlink ferry terminal

REIDsteel completes steelwork on new Wightlink ferry terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 7, 2017

Company has designed and erected steelwork for the terminal at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth

Creating memorable experiences

Creating memorable experiences
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 7, 2017

Claus Bødker, director of Cruise Baltic, outlines how local cruise networks improve guest satisfaction levels at ports and destinations

Claus Bødker outlines how local cruise networks improve guest satisfaction levels

SRC increases passenger capacity on Tallink’s Regal Star

SRC increases passenger capacity on Tallink’s Regal Star
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 4, 2017

Ro-pax ferry now has 10 additional passenger cabins spread over two decks

TUI Discovery to homeport at the Port of Tyne in May 2018

TUI Discovery to homeport at the Port of Tyne in May 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 4, 2017

Next year marks the first time that the Thomson Cruises ship has been based in the UK

Viking Line hit a passenger record in July 2017

Viking Line hit a passenger record in July 2017
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 3, 2017

More than one million people travelled on the line's ferries in Sweden, Finland and Tallinn

Costa to retire Costa neoClassica and reposition Costa Victoria

Costa to retire Costa neoClassica and reposition Costa Victoria
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 3, 2017

Costa Victoria will sail week-long cruises in the Mediterranean from March 2018  

Holland America Line to bring record passenger numbers to Panama Canal

Holland America Line to bring record passenger numbers to Panama Canal
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Eight ships to sail 19 full and partial transits between autumn 2017 and spring 2018

Salish Raven to start service for BC Ferries on 3 August 2017

Salish Raven to start service for BC Ferries on 3 August 2017
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New dual-fuel ferry will launch earlier than planned due to mechanical issues with her predecessor

One Ocean Expeditions to add RCGS Resolute to fleet in 2018

One Ocean Expeditions to add RCGS Resolute to fleet in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Reports suggest that the ship will be Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Hanseatic

Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch to start sailing from Rosyth this summer

Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch to start sailing from Rosyth this summer
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Vessel will offer nine itineraries from the Scottish cruise port between August and October 2017

OSK-ShipTech to help The Ferry Company Læsø plan a new ferry

OSK-ShipTech to help The Ferry Company Læsø plan a new ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 31, 2017

Passenger vessel will operate between the island of Læsø and Frederikshavn in Denmark

MedCruise named a member of the European Ports Forum

MedCruise named a member of the European Ports Forum
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 31, 2017

Association to ensure that cruise ports' interests are considered in European port-related initiatives

French government nationalises STX France shipyard

French government nationalises STX France shipyard
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 28, 2017

Government aims to renegotiate shares acquisition deal with Italian state-owned Fincantieri

Stena Line records 4% rise in passenger numbers on Belfast routes

Stena Line records 4% rise in passenger numbers on Belfast routes
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 28, 2017

The ferry line provides up to 14 daily crossing on its three services from Belfast Harbour to Britain

Building expertise

Building expertise
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 28, 2017

Norway’s Fosen Yard offers a range of services for operators wanting to build cruise ships, expedition vessels and passenger ferries


Norway’s Fosen Yard offers a range of services for operators wanting to build cruise ships

CMAL to start sea trials for new passenger ferry this August

CMAL to start sea trials for new passenger ferry this August
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 27, 2017

Malakoff shipyard preparing to outfit the newbuild before she starts service in Scotland

Elliott Bay Design Group and Blount Boats to build new NYC ferry

Elliott Bay Design Group and Blount Boats to build new NYC ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 27, 2017

The 400-passenger ferry will operate between Lower Manhattan and Governors Island

Victory Cruise Lines acquires a second cruise ship

Victory Cruise Lines acquires a second cruise ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Former Clippers Group ship will be renovated and start service on the Great Lakes in 2018

Cruise numbers reach record levels in Leixões

Cruise numbers reach record levels in Leixões
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Portuguese port hosts 29% more calls and 64% more passengers in the first six months of 2017

MSC Cruises to bring TV show MasterChef to sea in summer 2017

MSC Cruises to bring TV show MasterChef to sea in summer 2017
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 25, 2017

MasterChef At Sea will enable pairs of guests to participate in onboard cooking competitions

Boudicca to return to Portsmouth International Port

Boudicca to return to Portsmouth International Port
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fred. Olsen ship will call in the UK city on 27 July as part of a round-Britain cruise

Fosen Yard and Hantong Shipbuilding form joint venture

Fosen Yard and Hantong Shipbuilding form joint venture
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 24, 2017

Two shipyards will focus on building cruise ships, ro-pax ferries, and ro-ro vessels

Scenic Eclipse offers 10 dining options and eight bars

Scenic Eclipse offers 10 dining options and eight bars
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 21, 2017

Small and intimate dining venues will offer provincial dishes from the regions the ship will visit

Silversea to sail first Pacific Coast explorations in 2018

Silversea to sail first Pacific Coast explorations in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 21, 2017

Silver Explorer to sail seven new itineraries from Argentina to Canada between February and May

Princess Cruises opens new Camp Discovery centres on Grand Princess

Princess Cruises opens new Camp Discovery centres on Grand Princess
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Science Channel’s Hakeem Oluseyi and Discovery Channel’s Tory Belleci joined the celebrations 

RSSC to visit 66 ports and 30 countries during world cruise in 2020

RSSC to visit 66 ports and 30 countries during world cruise in 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Seven Seas Mariner will sail a 131-night roundtrip from San Francisco in January

Crystal creates four new river itineraries for Crystal Mahler

Crystal creates four new river itineraries for Crystal Mahler
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Newbuild will sail extra cruises on the Danube river in April and May 2018