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.


MSC Cruises celebrates keel laying for first Seaside EVO ship

MSC Cruises celebrates keel laying for first Seaside EVO ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, September 20, 2019

MSC Seashore will offer extra deck space, redesigned areas and new onboard spaces

CLIA cruise line members invest over US$22 billion in green technologies

CLIA cruise line members invest over US$22 billion in green technologies
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, September 19, 2019

New report says operators are prioritising scrubbers, wastewater treatment systems, shore power and LNG

Fincantieri floats out Enchanted Princess at yard in Italy

Fincantieri floats out Enchanted Princess at yard in Italy
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, September 19, 2019

Princess Cruises' fifth Royal-class vessel moves a step closer to completion ahead of her June 2020 debut

Adam D. Tihany chosen as keyote for Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe

Adam D. Tihany chosen as keyote for Cruise Ship Interiors Expo Europe
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Tihany will be joined by executives from SMC Design, Studio DADO, Trimline, YSA Design and JOI Designs

Jalesh Cruises to open up new cruise frontiers in India

Jalesh Cruises to open up new cruise frontiers in India
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Operator will be the first Indian cruise line to call at Ganpatipule and Diu this year

Hunan Xiangchuan Shipbuilding Industry delivers largest-ever ferry

Hunan Xiangchuan Shipbuilding Industry delivers largest-ever ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Zhoushan Islands Prosperity is now operational between the Zhoushan Islands and mainland China

Odyssey of the Seas to be first Quantum Ultra ship in North America

Odyssey of the Seas to be first Quantum Ultra ship in North America
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Royal Caribbean's newest ship will homeport at Port Everglades from November 2020

Brittany Ferries celebrates milestones for two E-Flexer cruise ferries

Brittany Ferries celebrates milestones for two E-Flexer cruise ferries
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 17, 2019

AVIC Weihai floats Galicia out of dry dock and cuts steel for Salamanca at its yard in China

Meyer Turku delays delivery of Costa Smeralda to mid-November 2019

Meyer Turku delays delivery of Costa Smeralda to mid-November 2019
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, September 16, 2019

Costa Cruises rearranges inaugural festivities and sailings for its first LNG-powered ship

Nyborg becomes 30th member of Cruise Baltic network

Nyborg becomes 30th member of Cruise Baltic network
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, September 16, 2019

Danish city has not previously been a cruise destination but will welcome two cruise calls in 2020

Vikand secures medical operations contracts for seven cruise lines

Vikand secures medical operations contracts for seven cruise lines
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Company will help to set up medical facilities onboard a series of new vessels this year

DFDS to swap two ferries with Moby Lines

DFDS to swap two ferries with Moby Lines
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Operators will swap the ferries as they look to boost capacity and improve the onboard experience

SunStone Ships takes delivery of first Infinity-class expedition vessel

SunStone Ships takes delivery of first Infinity-class expedition vessel
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, September 9, 2019

Greg Mortimer has been chartered to Aurora Expeditions and will sail in the polar regions

MSC Bellissima to feature world's first cabin adorned with Swarovski crystals

MSC Bellissima to feature world's first cabin adorned with Swarovski crystals
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, September 9, 2019

Luxury accommodation has been designed in collaboration with De Jorio Design International

Viking XPRS hosts record number of passengers this summer

Viking XPRS hosts record number of passengers this summer
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, September 6, 2019

Viking Line cruise ferry also welcomed her 20 millionth guest on 1 September

Hurtigruten chooses Wärtsilä systems for ship conversion project

Hurtigruten chooses Wärtsilä systems for ship conversion project
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, September 6, 2019

New systems will cut Finnmarken's emissions and fuel use when she becomes an expedition cruise vessel

Marseille Provence Cruise Club to focus on green shipping at new event

Marseille Provence Cruise Club to focus on green shipping at new event
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, September 5, 2019

Delegates will discuss how to develop energy-efficient ships and other environmental initiatives 

Hamburg Cruise Days to welcome a record 12 cruise ships

Hamburg Cruise Days to welcome a record 12 cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Annual festival will take place between 13 and 15 September in the German city

MSC Grandiosa successfully passes sea trials

MSC Grandiosa successfully passes sea trials
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Chantiers de l'Atlantique prepares MSC Cruises' first Meraviglia-Plus class ship for delivery in October

Knud E. Hansen designs new concept ro-pax ferry

Knud E. Hansen designs new concept ro-pax ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The 1,500-passenger vessel has a large battery bank to enable her to operate emission-free in ports

Port of Tyne marks 20 years of cruise operations

Port of Tyne marks 20 years of cruise operations
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 30, 2019

Uk port has hosted more than 700,0000 passengers during 450 calls from 60 different cruise lines

Silver Moon floats out of building dock at Fincantieri's yard

Silver Moon floats out of building dock at Fincantieri's yard
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, August 30, 2019

Silversea's latest ultra-luxury ship will now be outfitted ahead of her scheduled delivery in 2020

Global Ports Holdings to manage Nassau Cruise Port for 25 years

Global Ports Holdings to manage Nassau Cruise Port for 25 years
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, August 29, 2019

Firm to construct terminal building and other facilities as part of deal with Bahamas Government

Hurtigruten to homeport in Dover for the first time in 2021

Hurtigruten to homeport in Dover for the first time in 2021
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Operator will offer 12-day winter sailings from England to ports along the Norwegian coast

MSC Cruises brings Edgar Degas artwork to sea for the first time

MSC Cruises brings Edgar Degas artwork to sea for the first time
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, August 28, 2019

MSC Grandiosa to offer the cruise industry’s only immersive fine art and dining experience

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

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