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.


Freedom of the Seas to undergo Royal Amplified modernisation next spring

Freedom of the Seas to undergo Royal Amplified modernisation next spring
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 23, 2019

Royal Caribbean ship will feature racer water slides, laser tag, new restaurants, bars and much more

MSC Cruises to homeport two ships in South Africa in the 2021-2022 season

MSC Cruises to homeport two ships in South Africa in the 2021-2022 season
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 22, 2019

Deployment plan is part of the cruise line's strategy to help boost cruise tourism in Africa

Port of Seattle to welcome a record 1.2 million cruise guests in 2019

Port of Seattle to welcome a record 1.2 million cruise guests in 2019
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 22, 2019

New study suggests each cruise ship call will generate US$4.2 million for the state economy

MSC Cruises makes first-ever cruise calls in Greenland

MSC Cruises makes first-ever cruise calls in Greenland
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

MSC Opera sails through Prince Christian Sund passage and visits Nuuk, Ilulissat and Qaqortoq

Hurtigruten to convert three vessels into green expedition cruise ships

Hurtigruten to convert three vessels into green expedition cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ships will have renovated interiors and low-emission engines, battery packs and shore power technology

Corvus Energy to provide batteries for AIDA Cruises ships

Corvus Energy to provide batteries for AIDA Cruises ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New systems will reduce emissions and take the line a step closer to zero-emission cruising

Cruise ship spending rises 28% in New Zealand, says Stats NZ

Cruise ship spending rises 28% in New Zealand, says Stats NZ
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Industry continues to grow with more passengers, port calls and itineraries than in previous years

Meyer Werft cuts steel for AIDA Cruises’ second LNG ship

Meyer Werft cuts steel for AIDA Cruises’ second LNG ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 16, 2019

The newbuild has been designed as a sister to AIDAnova and will begin service in spring 2021

Celebrity Constellation to homeport at Port Tampa Bay in winter 2020

Celebrity Constellation to homeport at Port Tampa Bay in winter 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 16, 2019

Next winter will mark the first time that the cruise line has deployed a ship in the Florida city since 2007

MAN Energy to supply engines for Trinidad and Tobago ferries

MAN Energy to supply engines for Trinidad and Tobago ferries
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 15, 2019

Shipbuilders Austal and Incat Tasmania order total of eight engines for the two high-speed ferries

How WMF is improving onboard beverages

How WMF is improving onboard beverages
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 15, 2019

The firm’s automatic machines are simplifying the task of producing large quantities of coffee

The firm’s automatic machines are simplifying the task of producing large quantities of coffee

Trelleborg to help Port of Tallinn automate mooring operations

Trelleborg to help Port of Tallinn automate mooring operations
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 14, 2019

AutoMoor system will help ships to berth more quickly and safely 

Cruise ships to visit more destinations in Asia in 2019, says CLIA

Cruise ships to visit more destinations in Asia in 2019, says CLIA
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Report finds that 79 ships will offer 1,917 sailings, generating capacity for 4.02 million guests

Royal Caribbean chooses canopies from ACS Production

Royal Caribbean chooses canopies from ACS Production
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Symphony of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas both feature canopies and stretched canvas ceilings

Symphony of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas both feature canopies and stretched canvas ceilings

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to host mid-week calls in 2020

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to host mid-week calls in 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 12, 2019

Canadian port will also welcome new cruise ships and around 770,000 passengers next year

Ponant plans to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises

Ponant plans to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 9, 2019

Companies will be managed separately, but guests will benefit from wider choice of ships and itineraries

Regent Seven Seas Cruises to sail 146 new itineraries in 2021-2022

Regent Seven Seas Cruises to sail 146 new itineraries in 2021-2022
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 8, 2019

Programme features 116 overnights, 27 new ports, 3 ‘Grand Voyages’ and free land tours

ANEX Tour to buy Saga Sapphire and join cruise sector

ANEX Tour to buy Saga Sapphire and join cruise sector
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 8, 2019

Saga ship will transfer to Turkey-based tour operator in mid-2020 and homeport in Antalya

Green Furniture Concept shares three seating tips

Green Furniture Concept shares three seating tips
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 8, 2019

The design company explores some of the ways cruise and ferry operators can make the most of their onboard spaces

Design company explores the ways cruise and ferry operators can make the most of their onboard spaces

Port of Tyne hosts largest cruise ship to date

Port of Tyne hosts largest cruise ship to date
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Holland America's Nieuw Statendam sets new record during her first visit to UK port

Fincantieri floats Enchanted Princess out of building dock

Fincantieri floats Enchanted Princess out of building dock
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Princess Cruises' fifth Royal Class ship moves a step closer to completion in Italy

Carnival adds new family-friendly features to Hub App

Carnival adds new family-friendly features to Hub App
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, August 6, 2019

App users will be able to see a detailed breakdown of onboard activities for young passengers

Belfast opens first-ever dedicated cruise berth

Belfast opens first-ever dedicated cruise berth
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 5, 2019

Irish city can now welcome larger cruise ships and has the facilities to become an embarkation port

Princess Cruises to debut first jazz theatre at sea on newest ships

Princess Cruises to debut first jazz theatre at sea on newest ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 5, 2019

Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess will offer live shows, salsa lessons and parties in Take 5 

Sailing away with SkyTrail onboard Carnival Panorama

Sailing away with SkyTrail onboard Carnival Panorama
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, August 5, 2019

The Carnival Cruise Line ship will boast a family-friendly aerial attraction from Ropes Courses Incorporated when she debuts

The ship will boast an aerial attraction by Ropes Courses Incorporated when she debuts

Ulstein Verft delivers new Color Hybrid to Color Line

Ulstein Verft delivers new Color Hybrid to Color Line
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 2, 2019

The newbuild is the world’s largest plug-in hybrid ferry and will operate between Norway and Sweden

Virgin Voyages creates new craft beer with Wynwood Brewing Company

Virgin Voyages creates new craft beer with Wynwood Brewing Company
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 2, 2019

Line asks guests to name signature beverage before its debut on new ship Scarlet Lady in 2020

Meyer Turku cuts steel for Costa’s second LNG cruise ship

Meyer Turku cuts steel for Costa’s second LNG cruise ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cruise line also revealed that the newbuild would be named Costa Toscana and be delivered in 2021

How Brintons Carpets is transforming cabin floors

How Brintons Carpets is transforming cabin floors
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Naturally resistant to dirt, durable and available in multiple patterns – it’s easy to see why cruise lines choose Brintons’ woven carpets

Dirt-resistant, durable and attractive – it’s clear why cruise lines choose Brintons’ carpets

Scotland explores feasibility of hydrogen-powered ferries

Scotland explores feasibility of hydrogen-powered ferries
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Companies collaborate on project to see if local wind farms could produce green energy for future ferries

Dame Helen Mirren to christen Scenic Eclipse in New York

Dame Helen Mirren to christen Scenic Eclipse in New York
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 29, 2019

Award-winning actress to help Scenic welcome first sea-going discovery yacht to its fleet this September

City of Dubrovnik joins forces with CLIA to drive sustainable tourism

City of Dubrovnik joins forces with CLIA to drive sustainable tourism
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 26, 2019

Two entities will collaborate to make Croatian city a model of sustainable tourism for the Adriatic region

How The Deluxe Group is creating memorable spaces on cruise ships

How The Deluxe Group is creating memorable spaces on cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 26, 2019

Richard Hill explains to Rebecca Gibson how the firm’s experience in interior refits and the ‘Experience Economy’ help it to create immersive spaces

Richard Hill discusses the firm’s expertise in the ‘Experience Economy’

New American Harmony arrives in New Orleans

New American Harmony arrives in New Orleans
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 25, 2019

American Cruise Lines' latest modern riverboat leaves shipyard early ahead of maiden cruise this August

Salt and Water Studio designs interiors for Mekong River cruise ship

Salt and Water Studio designs interiors for Mekong River cruise ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 25, 2019

The vessel is designed for Europeans, but has decor inspired by traditional architecture in Southeast Asia

Ponant implements Interpol's I-Checkit security screening system

Ponant implements Interpol's I-Checkit security screening system
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Cruise line can now check passengers’ travel documents against multiple Interpol databases

An inside look at American Cruise Lines’ American Harmony

An inside look at American Cruise Lines’ American Harmony
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Alexa Paolella tells Rebecca Gibson why American Cruise Lines’ latest modern vessel will set new standards on US rivers

Alexa Paolella shares why the line’s latest modern vessel will set new standards on US rivers

Nowhere Networks aims to create first “broadband sea” by 2020

Nowhere Networks aims to create first “broadband sea” by 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Company develops an extensive radio link system to provide passenger ships with high-speed internet

Reupholstery is an affordable way to give ships an instant refresh

Reupholstery is an affordable way to give ships an instant refresh
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Rebecca Gibson asks Xaler Systems’ Luis Alfredo Rincón about the cost and environmental benefits of reupholstering furniture

Xaler Systems’ Luis Alfredo Rincón on the environmental benefits of reupholstering furniture

Dream Cruises plans maiden calls to Belitung and Christmas Island

Dream Cruises plans maiden calls to Belitung and Christmas Island
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Asia-based cruise line adds new ports to Genting Dream's summer 2020 itineraries from Singapore

Princess Cruises adds water playground to Caribbean Princess

Princess Cruises adds water playground to Caribbean Princess
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Venue is the latest of several family-friendly amenities to be introduced on the cruise ship

AmaMora officially joins the AmaWaterways fleet

AmaMora officially joins the AmaWaterways fleet
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 22, 2019

New river cruise ship was christened by Libbie Rice of Ensemble Travel Group in Lahnstein, Germany

Three CroisiEurope ships switch to gas to liquids fuel on the Seine

Three CroisiEurope ships switch to gas to liquids fuel on the Seine
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 19, 2019

Fuel is cleaner than diesel and does not produce smoke, reducing the vessels' environmental impact 

Eckerö Linjen chooses high-speed broadband from Telenor Maritime

Eckerö Linjen chooses high-speed broadband from Telenor Maritime
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 19, 2019

Guests sailing on Eckerö will have access to reliable internet and communication services

Almaco to design and install guest and crew areas on SeaDream Innovation

Almaco to design and install guest and crew areas on SeaDream Innovation
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 18, 2019

Company will deliver guest and crew cabins, public areas for crew and all catering areas on the ship

Princess Cruises to add escape rooms to two newest ships

Princess Cruises to add escape rooms to two newest ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 18, 2019

Guests on Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess will be able to try digital and physical challenges

Crystal Endeavor to use sonar technology from FarSounder

Crystal Endeavor to use sonar technology from FarSounder
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Captain will be able to detect potential hazards up to 1,000 metres ahead of the ship

Marella Explorer makes maiden visit to Port of Kiel

Marella Explorer makes maiden visit to Port of Kiel
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Guests were able to visit Holstein Switzerland, Laboe and the Hanseatic cities of Lübeck and Hamburg

Quark Expeditions to introduce new livery on Ultramarine

Quark Expeditions to introduce new livery on Ultramarine
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A yellow ‘Q’ will span the new ship to reflect the line’s “mission to go beyond the predictable”

AmaWaterways christens new AmaMagna in Austria

AmaWaterways christens new AmaMagna in Austria
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 15, 2019

Emmy Award-winning TV host Samantha Brown helped brand to welcome ship to the fleet