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.


Carnival Fascination to be fitted with new dining venues in February 2018

Carnival Fascination to be fitted with new dining venues in February 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, December 15, 2017

Carnival ship will undergo a dry dock in the Bahamas before resuming Caribbean itineraries from Mexico

Survitec Group expands lifeboat services programme worldwide

Survitec Group expands lifeboat services programme worldwide
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, December 15, 2017

Safety solutions provider now has engineers on five continents

Windstar Cruises appoints head of new expeditions programme

Windstar Cruises appoints head of new expeditions programme
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, December 15, 2017

Long-time captain James Griffiths will oversee crew management, safety, training and more

Baleària takes delivery of first new eco fast ferry

Baleària takes delivery of first new eco fast ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, December 15, 2017

Astilleros Gondán will now focus on building three more eco fast ferries for Spanish operator

Almaco completes cabin work on Carnival Elation

Almaco completes cabin work on Carnival Elation
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, December 14, 2017

Company successfully adds new accommodation to ship, despite disruption from Hurricane Irma

Fosen Yard completes Stavangerfjord refit in Norway

Fosen Yard completes Stavangerfjord refit in Norway
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fjord Line ferry fitted with new passenger cabins and a Winter Garden restaurant

MSC Cruises opens new terminal at PortMiami

MSC Cruises opens new terminal at PortMiami
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 11, 2017

Facility was designed as a homeport for MSC Divina and new flagship MSC Seaside

Spirit of Tasmania to order two ro-pax vessels in 2018

Spirit of Tasmania to order two ro-pax vessels in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 11, 2017

Australian operator will replace its existing fleet with larger ferries by 2021

Why is it important to purify water on cruise ships?

Why is it important to purify water on cruise ships?
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 11, 2017

APATEQ has developed the MarinePaq system to enable shipowners to purify their vessels’ scrub water using ultrafiltration membranes and discharge it into the sea

APATEQ's MarinePaq system enables shipowners to discharge clean water into the sea

Holland America holds coin ceremony for Nieuw Statendam

Holland America holds coin ceremony for Nieuw Statendam
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fincantieri makes construction milestone ahead of delivering line's second Pinnacle Class ship in 2018

Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik wins DOGA prize

Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik wins DOGA prize
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, December 7, 2017

Textile mill rewarded for using Norwegian wool in fabrics for cruise ships and other applications

Norwegian updates guest mobile app with new features

Norwegian updates guest mobile app with new features
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The app enables passengers to book onboard activities, shore excursions and more

Cruise lines share how to unleash travellers’ inner explorer

Cruise lines share how to unleash travellers’ inner explorer
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Rebecca Gibson invites cruise line CEOs to discuss the appeal of expedition cruises and speculate about the future potential for this market

Three cruise line CEOs discuss the appeal of expedition cruises 

MJM Group secures first dry dock contract in China

MJM Group secures first dry dock contract in China
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Northern Ireland-based company to refit Star Cruises' Star Pisces in Shenzhen in January 2018

Carnival Cruise Line to name third Vista-class ship Carnival Panorama

Carnival Cruise Line to name third Vista-class ship Carnival Panorama
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 4, 2017

Newbuild is set to be delivered by Fincantieri in November 2019

Le Havre celebrates 500 years and a cruise record

Le Havre celebrates 500 years and a cruise record
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 4, 2017

Phoenix Reisen’s Artania brings French cruise port's 2017 to a close

Marella chooses Columbia Cruise Services for technical management

Marella chooses Columbia Cruise Services for technical management
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 4, 2017

Firm will provide services for six Marella Cruises ships from 2019

Port Everglades: An industry-leading cruise and ferry port

Port Everglades: An industry-leading cruise and ferry port
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, December 4, 2017

Port Everglades and its cruise line partners are investing in cutting-edge terminal improvements that reflect the new wave of technology onboard cruise ships

US port and its cruise line partners are investing in cutting-edge terminal improvements 

Port Tampa Bay: An ideal base for cruise ships

Port Tampa Bay: An ideal base for cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, December 1, 2017

Located just 300 nautical miles from Havana, Port Tampa Bay is fast becoming a popular embarkation port for the new US-Cuba cruise market

Port Tampa Bay is becoming a popular embarkation port for the new US-Cuba cruise market  

Chantier Naval de Marseille refits Costa Magica and Costa Pacifica

Chantier Naval de Marseille refits Costa Magica and Costa Pacifica
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, December 1, 2017

French shipyard upgrades public areas, adds new dining venues and carries out maintenance work

Shipyard de Hoop cuts steel for new Celebrity Flora

Shipyard de Hoop cuts steel for new Celebrity Flora
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, November 30, 2017

Galapagos-bound vessel will be built in the Netherlands and debut in May 2019

Port of Ålesund to offer discounts to green cruise ships in 2018

Port of Ålesund to offer discounts to green cruise ships in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, November 30, 2017

Norwegian port aims to reward cruise ships that have a good score on the Environmental Ship Index

Creating a once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience

Creating a once-in-a-lifetime cruise experience
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dietmar Wertanzl tells Rebecca Gibson how CMI Leisure can help expedition and small-ship operators deliver world-class hotel services, and manage crew and resources

Dietmar Wertanzl explains how CMI Leisure helps expedition operators deliver world-class services

MSC Cruises orders two Seaside EVO ships from Fincantieri

MSC Cruises orders two Seaside EVO ships from Fincantieri
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cruise line signs deal as it takes delivery of MSC Seaside, its second new ship of 2017

What potential do marine batteries have for passenger shipping?

What potential do marine batteries have for passenger shipping?
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cruise and ferry operators can use energy storage systems to meet their sustainability and operational goals, says Grant Brown, vice president of marketing at PBES

PBES explores how energy storage systems can help cruise and ferry lines meet sustainability goals

Cowes Harbour Commission aims to boost cruise tourism in Cowes

Cowes Harbour Commission aims to boost cruise tourism in Cowes
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New initiative to help UK town to become a stopping point for European and UK itineraries

Cruise lines to carry out more mini interior refreshes, predicts Trimline

Cruise lines to carry out more mini interior refreshes, predicts Trimline
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, November 27, 2017

Operators looking to find new ways to keep standards high in between major refurbishments

Major cruise lines to attend Passenger Ship Safety Miami in January 2018

Major cruise lines to attend Passenger Ship Safety Miami in January 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, November 27, 2017

Key topics will vessel and safety system design, crew training and new IMO regulations

A royal return to the Port of New Orleans

A royal return to the Port of New Orleans
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, November 24, 2017

Royal Caribbean International’s return to Port of New Orleans highlights continued growth in demand for cruises from the Big Easy

Royal Caribbean International’s return to Port of New Orleans highlights continued growth 

Aurora Expeditions to christen new ship Greg Mortimer

Aurora Expeditions to christen new ship Greg Mortimer
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, November 23, 2017

Expedition ship will be named in honour of the company's founder when she debuts in 2019

Heraklion handles turnarounds at new cruise terminal

Heraklion handles turnarounds at new cruise terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, November 23, 2017

Facility was built to help the Greek port become a possible cruise hub for the East Mediterranean

Ferguson Marine launches UK’s first LNG passenger ferry

Ferguson Marine launches UK’s first LNG passenger ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The 1,000-guest newbuild will join CMAL's Scotland-based fleet in winter 2018-2019

Carnival to upgrade retail venues on all cruise ships

Carnival to upgrade retail venues on all cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cruise line transforms the retail experience for guests by introducing new brands and activities

Cruise numbers hit all-time high in Victoria in 2017

Cruise numbers hit all-time high in Victoria in 2017
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Canadian port hosted 239 cruise call and close to 600,000 passengers 

Zadar Port Authority opens tender for new Port Gaženica terminal

Zadar Port Authority opens tender for new Port Gaženica terminal
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Successful candidate will provide passenger services and terminal management for 20 years

Wärtsilä to supply engines and systems for Viking Line’s LNG ferry

Wärtsilä to supply engines and systems for Viking Line’s LNG ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Firm will deliver solutions for navigation, ballast water management and LNG fuel storage

Tomas Tillberg Design International creates interiors for expedition ships

Tomas Tillberg Design International creates interiors for expedition ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Vessels were ordered by SunStone Ships and will be built by China Merchants Industry Holdings

Silver Cloud embarks on first-ever expedition cruise

Silver Cloud embarks on first-ever expedition cruise
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, November 20, 2017

Silversea ship was recently converted into an ice-class vessel by Palumbo Shipyards

Carnival to boost capacity on Gulf Coast short cruise programme in 2019

Carnival to boost capacity on Gulf Coast short cruise programme in 2019
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, November 17, 2017

Carnival Dream and Carnival Valor to reposition to Galveston and New Orleans respectively

MAN PrimeServ to upgrade engines on nine Norwegian Cruise Line ships

MAN PrimeServ to upgrade engines on nine Norwegian Cruise Line ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, November 17, 2017

Engines will be equipped with heat insulation to meet SOLAS requirements

Regent Seven Seas to name new ship Seven Seas Splendor

Regent Seven Seas to name new ship Seven Seas Splendor
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, November 16, 2017

Vessel will be a sister to Seven Seas Explorer and launch in early 2020

Port of Southampton to host Azamara Pursuit christening in 2018

Port of Southampton to host Azamara Pursuit christening in 2018
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ship will officially join Azamara fleet after an extensive refurbishment in Spain

World Dream makes inaugural visit to Singapore

World Dream makes inaugural visit to Singapore
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dream Cruises newbuild called on her way to her new dual homeports of Guangzhou and Hong Kong

Disney Magic to be fitted with new venues and dining experiences

Disney Magic to be fitted with new venues and dining experiences
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ship to be renovated before she begins her Miami homeporting season in March 2018

Improving the boarding experience for cruise guests

Improving the boarding experience for cruise guests
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, November 15, 2017

FMT will deliver two Mobile Elevating Passenger Boarding Bridges to help Port Everglades make its boarding more efficient in 2018

FMT will deliver two boarding bridges to Port Everglades in 2018 

ICFR introduces the Cruise & Ferry Green List

ICFR introduces the Cruise & Ferry Green List
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New initiative recognises environmental credentials of products used in passenger shipping

Italian government bars large cruise ships from centre of Venice

Italian government bars large cruise ships from centre of Venice
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, November 13, 2017

Ships will need to dock in Marghera to prevent them from damaging city's historic infrastructure

How OSM Maritime Group taps into the best talent

How OSM Maritime Group taps into the best talent
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, November 10, 2017

OSM Maritime Group’s commitment to excellence and its careful attention to customers’ needs makes it a successful crew management partner

The company's attention to customers’ needs makes it a successful crew management partner

Carnival Corporation upgrades terminal at Port Everglades

Carnival Corporation upgrades terminal at Port Everglades
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, November 10, 2017

Exclusive Princess Cruises terminal now offers better pre-boarding areas, wi-fi access and a movie theatre

Neptun Werft lays keel for Spectrum of the Seas

Neptun Werft lays keel for Spectrum of the Seas
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, November 10, 2017

Royal Caribbean's first Quantum Ultra ship is starting to take shape in Germany ahead of her 2019 debut