Author: Rebecca Gibson

Rebecca is the associate editor for Cruise & Ferry Review, Cruise & Ferry Interiors, Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning and CruiseandFerry.net. 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.


Solarglide gains type approval for adhesive solar films

Solarglide gains type approval for adhesive solar films

Solarglide

By Rebecca Gibson | 27 January 2023

UK firm’s products reduce solar glare and heat by up to 15C and can be used for multiple applications

Bahamas Maritime Authority launches new online reporting portal

Bahamas Maritime Authority launches new online reporting portal
By Rebecca Gibson | 24 January 2023

First-of-its-kind solution enables shipowners to compliantly report incidents onboard their vessels

Sailing to the heart of the destination with TUI River Cruises

Sailing to the heart of the destination with TUI River Cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | 07 December 2022

Katy Berzins tells Rebecca Gibson about the unique challenges of planning river-based itineraries and shares how the brand is curating unforgettable experiences

TUI’s Katy Berzins discusses how the business is approaching river cruising

How Scenic Group is creating a sense of exclusivity

How Scenic Group is creating a sense of exclusivity

Scenic Group

By Rebecca Gibson | 06 December 2022

Claudius Docekal tells Rebecca Gibson how the boutique size of Scenic Group’s ocean ships enable it to deliver itineraries with unique destinations and authentic and luxurious onshore experiences

Brand’s small vessels deliver intimate experiences that are appealing to cruise guests

Why year-round cruising is becoming popular in Denmark

Why year-round cruising is becoming popular in Denmark

Niclas Jessen

By Rebecca Gibson | 02 December 2022

CruiseCopenhagen is encouraging expedition cruise vessels to visit Denmark during off-peak seasons and benefit from unique shore excursions and quieter attractions

Quieter attractions and discounts on port fees are some of the perks for cruise lines

Finding friluftsliv while cruising in Fjord Norway

Finding friluftsliv while cruising in Fjord Norway

Cruise Norway

By Rebecca Gibson | 22 November 2022

Boasting a proud Viking history, countless sites of natural beauty and a rich culture, Norway is the ultimate year-round cruise destination. Rebecca Gibson highlights some of the country’s key attractions

Boasting a proud history, natural beauty and rich culture, Norway is a year-round destination

Resorts World Cruises is aiming high in Asia

Resorts World Cruises is aiming high in Asia
By Rebecca Gibson | 21 November 2022

Rebecca Gibson asks Michael Goh how Resorts World Cruises’ itineraries from Singapore and Malaysia are helping it to achieve its goal of driving the growth of the region’s luxury cruise market

Michael Goh shares how the brand’s itineraries are growing the region’s luxury cruise market

Finding unexpected benefits in the wake of crisis

Finding unexpected benefits in the wake of crisis

Ponant/Olivier Blaud

By Rebecca Gibson | 15 November 2022

Benoit Carassou-Maillan gives an insight into how Ponant’s efforts to become more agile and adaptable during the pandemic have empowered it to develop more innovative itineraries

Benoit Carassou-Maillan gives an insight into Ponant’s efforts to become more adaptable

MSC Cruises christens MSC World Europa in Qatar

MSC Cruises christens MSC World Europa in Qatar

Ivan Sarfatti

By Rebecca Gibson | 14 November 2022

The LNG ship was named by Sheikah Hind Bint Hamad Al Thani at Doha’s new Grand Cruise Terminal

Finding new opportunities despite Covid-19 challenges

Finding new opportunities despite Covid-19 challenges
By Rebecca Gibson | 14 November 2022

Justin Poulsen of Silversea Cruises shares how the Covid-19 crisis has created the chance for it to forge new partnerships and make more socially and environmentally responsible itinerary planning decisions

Justin Poulsen on how Silversea Cruises is forging new partnerships and improving itinerary planning

Simone Biles christens new Celebrity Beyond in Florida

Simone Biles christens new Celebrity Beyond in Florida

Celebrity Cruises

By Rebecca Gibson | 07 November 2022

US gymnast named Celebrity Cruises' new Edge-class ship before it began its maiden Caribbean season

Planning the maiden season for MSC World Europa

Planning the maiden season for MSC World Europa

MSC CRuises

By Rebecca Gibson | 07 November 2022

Elisabetta De Nardo explains to Rebecca Gibson why MSC Cruises has based its first World Class ship in the Middle East and highlights the diverse experiences guests can expect

Elisabetta De Nardo explains why MSC Cruises has based its first World Class ship in the Middle East

Green ships fit for zero-emission cruising

Green ships fit for zero-emission cruising

Multi Maritime

By Rebecca Gibson | 04 November 2022

Rolf André Sandvik shares how eco-friendly ships powered by batteries and hydrogen fuel cells will enable Norwegian operator Northern Xplorer to offer sustainable cruising for discerning travellers

Rolf André Sandvik shares why Northern Xplorer will use batteries and hydrogen fuel cells for its newbuilds

Seaside Collection launches Riverside Luxury Cruises brand

Seaside Collection launches Riverside Luxury Cruises brand

Riverside Luxury Cruises

By Rebecca Gibson | 01 November 2022

German hotelier acquires former Crystal Cruises’ Mozart and will set sail on the Danube in April 2023

Rauma Marine Constructions lays keel for Spirit of Tasmania IV

Rauma Marine Constructions lays keel for Spirit of Tasmania IV

Rauma Marine Construction

By Rebecca Gibson | 01 November 2022

New ferry will be delivered to TT-Line Company in 2024 and operate between Australia and Tasmania

Taking the headache out of logistics for marine outfitting projects

Taking the headache out of logistics for marine outfitting projects
By Rebecca Gibson | 31 October 2022

Marine interior refit firm Trimline develops new system for continuously tracking items from the moment they leave its warehouse to the minute they arrive onboard a ship

Trimline creates new system for continuously tracking items as they move from warehouses to ships

Carnival Corporation to expand use of air lubrication systems

Carnival Corporation to expand use of air lubrication systems

AIDA Cruises

By Rebecca Gibson | 31 October 2022

At least 20 per cent of fleet will use the technology to cut hull drag, fuel consumption and carbon emissions

Norwegian Prima successfully completes first US voyage

Norwegian Prima successfully completes first US voyage

Norwegian Cruise Line

By Rebecca Gibson | 11 October 2022

NCL's new ship will now sail from New York City to Bermuda, Mexico, Puerto Rico and other destinations

Port of Dover hosts more than 1.7 million passengers this summer

Port of Dover hosts more than 1.7 million passengers this summer

UnSplash/Randy Bailey

By Rebecca Gibson | 04 October 2022

UK port makes major progress towards recapturing its pre-pandemic tourist business

How Solarglide is helping ships stay safe in the sun

How Solarglide is helping ships stay safe in the sun
By Rebecca Gibson | 23 September 2022

Rebecca Gibson asks Paul Pringle how Solarglide’s anti-glare bridge sunscreens help crew members to safely navigate cruise ships and passenger ferries

Paul Pringle discusses how the company’s anti-glare sunscreens help crew safely navigate ships

Pioneering performances onboard cruise ships

Pioneering performances onboard cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | 22 September 2022

Amy Morris gives Rebecca Gibson an insight into how Pop Up Entertainment is revolutionising cruise entertainment and transforming the working environment for performers

Pop Up Entertainment’s Amy Morris explains how it’s transforming performer’s working environment

Carnival Celebration successfully completes sea trials in Baltic Sea

Carnival Celebration successfully completes sea trials in Baltic Sea

Carnival Cruise Line

By Rebecca Gibson | 15 September 2022

Newest Carnival ship will begin sailing Caribbean cruises from PortMiami in Florida this November

Designing a ship for the new era of experience-first travel

Designing a ship for the new era of experience-first travel
By Rebecca Gibson | 08 September 2022

Studio DADO celebrates the launch of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Prima, which boasts an elevated design that rivals anything on land

Studio DADO celebrates the design onboard NCL’s recently launched Norwegian Prima

Royal Caribbean improves guest experience with Bromic Heaters

Royal Caribbean improves guest experience with Bromic Heaters
By Rebecca Gibson | 25 August 2022

Firm fits over 100 of the world’s only Lloyd’s Register-approved outdoor heaters on Wonder of the Seas

Stena Line's new E-Flexer to start service in September

Stena Line's new E-Flexer to start service in September

Stena Line

By Rebecca Gibson | 18 August 2022

Stena Estelle will offer crossings on the route between Karlskrona, Sweden and Gdynia, Poland

De Wave Group secures multiple cruise ship contracts

De Wave Group secures multiple cruise ship contracts

De Wave Group

By Rebecca Gibson | 18 August 2022

Outfitting firm works on ships for Norwegian, Princess, Virgin, Seabourn and other operators 

Why Pop Up Entertainment is putting people first

Why Pop Up Entertainment is putting people first

Pop Up Entertainment

By Rebecca Gibson | 16 August 2022

Pop Up Entertainment’s Amy Morris explains to Rebecca Gibson why she puts the physical and mental well-being of her employees at the centre of her business strategy

Amy Morris shares why she prioritises the physical and mental well-being of her employees

Amadeus River Cruises christens new flagship Amadeus Cara

Amadeus River Cruises christens new flagship Amadeus Cara

Lüftner Cruises

By Rebecca Gibson | 06 July 2022

German-flagged vessel will now sail cruises on the Danube and Rhine 

Making maritime history with an industry first

Making maritime history with an industry first

Solarglide

By Rebecca Gibson | 30 May 2022

Paul Pringle tells Rebecca Gibson about the benefits of Solarglide’s new range of adhesive solar films, which he is hoping will be the first to be type approved for use onboard passenger ships

Paul Pringle tells Rebecca Gibson about the benefits of Solarglide’s range of adhesive solar films

Azamara to deploy new reservations system from Versonix Seaware

Azamara to deploy new reservations system from Versonix Seaware

Azamara

By Rebecca Gibson | 20 May 2022

The platform will simplify the booking process and improve sales, marketing and revenue management

The small design details that deliver a ‘wow’

The small design details that deliver a ‘wow’
By Rebecca Gibson | 10 May 2022

Studio DADO’s Yohandel Ruiz, Jonathan Da Cruz and John Palacio explain to Rebecca Gibson why it is the little design details that captivate cruise guests and make onboard spaces memorable

Studio Dado explains why it’s the little details that captivate guests and make spaces memorable

Supplying international entertainment for cruise and ferry partners

Supplying international entertainment for cruise and ferry partners
By Rebecca Gibson | 04 May 2022

Live Business tells Rebecca Gibson how its expansion is enabling it to attract new talent and create bespoke entertainment for all nationalities

Live Business tells Rebecca Gibson how its expansion is enabling it to create bespoke entertainment

Princess chooses four TV stars as godparents for Discovery Princess

Princess chooses four TV stars as godparents for Discovery Princess

Princess Cruises

By Rebecca Gibson | 26 April 2022

Randy Fenoli, Adam Savage, Alex Guarnaschelli and Page Turner will name ship in Los Angeles in April 

Creating a new era of at-sea entertainment

Creating a new era of at-sea entertainment
By Rebecca Gibson | 26 April 2022

CFR showcases how industry suppliers are using digital technologies such as augmented and virtual reality to help ship operators create exciting new offerings for guests

CFR showcases how suppliers are using digital technologies for exciting new guest offerings

Providing diverse entertainment for everyone

Providing diverse entertainment for everyone
By Rebecca Gibson | 08 April 2022

Steve Leatham tells Rebecca Gibson how MSC Cruises develops a diverse programme of onboard activities to ensure it can delight and surprises guests of all ages and nationalities

Steve Leatham shares how MSC Cruises develops activities to ensure it can delight all guests

MSC Cruises partners with Going to create Stay & Cruise packages

MSC Cruises partners with Going to create Stay & Cruise packages

MSC Cruises

By Rebecca Gibson | 08 April 2022

Guests can spend two days in Venice or Athens before embarking on their cruises this summer

Embarking on a new adventure in marine operations

Embarking on a new adventure in marine operations
By Rebecca Gibson | 04 April 2022

Rebecca Gibson asks Jethro Beck about his new marine operations role at American Queen Voyages and the challenges facing river cruise operators

American Queen Voyages’ Jethro Beck details the challenges facing river cruise operators

Silversea debuts third new cruise ship in nine months

Silversea debuts third new cruise ship in nine months

Silversea

By Rebecca Gibson | 01 April 2022

Silver Dawn joins the fleet and introduces new Otium wellness programme

AD Associates to design interiors of new Ritz-Carlton superyachts

AD Associates to design interiors of new Ritz-Carlton superyachts

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

By Rebecca Gibson | 30 March 2022

Ilma and Luminara will feature luxurious onboard spaces and are expected to debut in 2024 and 2025 

ABB and Ballard gain approval in principle for fuel cell concept

ABB and Ballard gain approval in principle for fuel cell concept

ABB

By Rebecca Gibson | 25 February 2022

Firms aim to install solution on large ships within next couple of years after DNV confirms design is feasible

Carnival Celebration to pay homage to Carnival's Fun Ship history

Carnival Celebration to pay homage to Carnival's Fun Ship history

Carnival Cruise Line

By Rebecca Gibson | 25 February 2022

Newbuild to have repurposed items from old vessels, innovations introduced on Mardi Gras, and more

Fincantieri hosts coin ceremony for first Explora Journeys vessel

Fincantieri hosts coin ceremony for first Explora Journeys vessel

Ivan Sarfatti

By Rebecca Gibson | 25 February 2022

Luxury cruise brand reveals ship will debut in the Med and sail to 132 ports in 40 countries in maiden season

Meyer Werft floats Disney Wish out of building dock

Meyer Werft floats Disney Wish out of building dock

Disney

By Rebecca Gibson | 15 February 2022

New Disney Cruise Line vessel is set to debut in Florida, USA, in July 2022

Creating cruises that have something for everyone

Creating cruises that have something for everyone
By Rebecca Gibson | 02 February 2022

Guido Laukamp tells Rebecca Gibson how Nicko Cruises develops diverse itineraries with multiple shore excursions for all types of guests

Guido Laukamp explains how Nicko Cruises develops itineraries with shore excursions for all guests

The Yacht Portfolio is to acquire Sea Cloud Cruises

The Yacht Portfolio is to acquire Sea Cloud Cruises

Sea Cloud Cruises

By Rebecca Gibson | 01 February 2022

New owner will drive the operator's next phase of growth in the luxury cruise sector

Ambassador Cruise Line purchases second ship

Ambassador Cruise Line purchases second ship

Ambassador Cruise Line

By Rebecca Gibson | 27 January 2022

Former AIDAmira will be renovated prior to beginning service in the UK in summer 2023

Delivering a distinctive cruise experience

Delivering a distinctive cruise experience
By Rebecca Gibson | 27 January 2022

Douglas Prothero explains how The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has carefully crafted immersive itineraries to enable guests to experience the bespoke yachting lifestyle in the Caribbean

Douglas Prothero explains how The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has carefully crafted itineraries

Getting ready to set sail from the Sunshine State

Getting ready to set sail from the Sunshine State
By Rebecca Gibson | 25 January 2022

Four leaders explain why their ports are the ideal base for cruise operators and guests who want to explore the Florida-Caribbean region

Four leaders explain why their ports are the ideal base for cruises in the Florida-Caribbean region

The great cruise comeback in the Florida-Caribbean region

The great cruise comeback in the Florida-Caribbean region
By Rebecca Gibson | 24 January 2022

The burgeoning Florida-Caribbean industry has struggled during the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is now firmly back on track towards a rapid recovery thanks to the tireless efforts of the cruise lines, ports, destinations and other key stakeholders. Rebecca Gibson reports

The industry is back on track towards a rapid recovery after the pandemic

Corsica Linea chooses Hogia Ferry Systems' BOOKIT solution

Corsica Linea chooses Hogia Ferry Systems' BOOKIT solution

Corsica Linea

By Rebecca Gibson | 20 January 2022

New system will streamline the reservation and check-in process for passengers across the fleet

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