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.


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

The secret to designing ship interiors that remain relevant for years

The secret to designing ship interiors that remain relevant for years
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 15, 2019

Designing spaces onboard vessels is challenging. Johan Nordberg shares Viking Line’s considered approach with Rebecca Gibson

Designing spaces onboard vessels is challenging. Johan Nordberg shares Viking Line’s approach

Hurtigruten to host world's first ship christening ceremony in Antarctica

Hurtigruten to host world's first ship christening ceremony in Antarctica
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 12, 2019

Expedition ship will be named with a chunk of ice in a nod to her namesake, explorer Roald Amundsen

Portland Port hosts an inaugural call from Sea Princess

Portland Port hosts an inaugural call from Sea Princess
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 11, 2019

This year marks the first time the UK port has been on the cruise line's itineraries

Ulster Carpets is creating bespoke luxury with cruise ship carpets

Ulster Carpets is creating bespoke luxury with cruise ship carpets
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 11, 2019

The firm’s high-quality and sustainably made Axminster carpets add elegance to any passenger ship interior

The firm’s high-quality and sustainably made Axminster carpets add elegance to ship interiors

Carnival Corporation to significantly eliminate single-use plastics by 2021

Carnival Corporation to significantly eliminate single-use plastics by 2021
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 11, 2019

Company's nine cruise brands will cut items that are not used for sanitary or public health purposes

Brittany Ferries to name its third E-Flexer ferry Santoña

Brittany Ferries to name its third E-Flexer ferry Santoña
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Vessel is being built at China's AVIC Weihai yard and will be the third LNG ferry to join the fleet 

Port of Tyne creates baggage area and car park for Marella Cruises

Port of Tyne creates baggage area and car park for Marella Cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 10, 2019

UK port reconfigures part of its terminal to expedite the embarkation process for line's guests

Carnival Corporation connects fleet to Sea Traffic Management network

Carnival Corporation connects fleet to Sea Traffic Management network
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 9, 2019

EU’s service enables ships and ports to share voyage data to optimise operations and safety

Oliver Design creates interiors for new Trasmediterránea ferry

Oliver Design creates interiors for new Trasmediterránea ferry
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Ville de Teror will have modern onboard spaces and operate between Spain and Morocco 

Driven by a passion for art, design and structure

Driven by a passion for art, design and structure
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Ann Bada-Crema explains to Rebecca Gibson why Launch By Design Inc. is quickly rising to success in the cruise industry

Ann Bada-Crema explains why Launch By Design Inc. is quickly rising to success in the cruise industry

Saga names new ship with help of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

Saga names new ship with help of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 8, 2019

Spirit of Discovery becomes first cruise ship to be named at the UK's Port of Dover in over a decade

What can guests expect during a cruise call in Qatar?

What can guests expect during a cruise call in Qatar?
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 8, 2019

Rashed Al Qurese, chief marketing and promotion officer for Visit Qatar explains why the country is at must-see on cruise itineraries in the Arabian Gulf and Middle East

Visit Qatar's Rashed Al-Qurese shares why the country is at must-see on cruises in the Middle East

An inside look at Royal Caribbean International’s Spectrum of the Seas

An inside look at Royal Caribbean International’s Spectrum of the Seas
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 8, 2019

Cruise line’s 26th ship is making a quantum leap in China thanks to stylish interiors and onboard innovations

Line’s 26th ship is making a quantum leap in China thanks to stylish interiors and onboard innovations


Two Grimaldi Group ferries to operate emission-free in ports

Two Grimaldi Group ferries to operate emission-free in ports
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, July 5, 2019

Energy storage systems from Corvus Energy allow ships to switch off diesel engines for up to four hours

Seabourn to offer battery-powered subs on its two new expedition ships

Seabourn to offer battery-powered subs on its two new expedition ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, July 4, 2019

U-Boat Worx Cruise Sub 7 subs will take six guests and a pilot 300 metres beneath the ocean surface

Telenor Maritime to upgrade mobile ecosystem on Anek Lines ferries

Telenor Maritime to upgrade mobile ecosystem on Anek Lines ferries
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, July 3, 2019

New connectivity platform will improve operational efficiency and the passengers’ onboard experience

Meyer Turku to build third Icon ship for Royal Caribbean

Meyer Turku to build third Icon ship for Royal Caribbean
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The LNG-powered vessel is scheduled to be delivered by the Finnish yard in spring 2025

OSK-ShipTech to design two ro-pax ferries for Moby

OSK-ShipTech to design two ro-pax ferries for Moby
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The 2,500-passenger vessels will be built by China's Guangzhou Shipyard International 

MSC Cruises hits 20 million passenger milestone

MSC Cruises hits 20 million passenger milestone
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 1, 2019

Record was reached when American Raul Bonachea boarded MSC Seaside in PortMiami this June

Voyager of the Seas to be the first Royal Amplifed ship in South Pacific

Voyager of the Seas to be the first Royal Amplifed ship in South Pacific
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 1, 2019

Royal Caribbean vessel will be fitted with waterslides, laser tag, extra accommodation and more

Port of Aalborg to limit cruise ship calls to one per day

Port of Aalborg to limit cruise ship calls to one per day
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 1, 2019

Danish port aims to enhance customer service levels by focusing on smaller groups of passengers

An inside look at Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Flora

An inside look at Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Flora
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, July 1, 2019

Rebecca Gibson explores how Celebrity Cruises has worked with BG Studio International and other partners to create a pioneering ship that will transform the Galapagos cruise experience

Celebrity, BG Studio International and others share how they created a pioneering ship for the Galapagos

A multimillion-dollar makeover for Carnival Sunrise

A multimillion-dollar makeover for Carnival Sunrise
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 28, 2019

Lisa McCabe and Petu Kummala tell Rebecca Gibson about Carnival Cruise Line’s latest Fun Ship 2.0 transformation project and an upcoming newbuild

Lisa McCabe and Petu Kummala discuss Carnival Cruise Line’s latest Fun Ship 2.0 transformation 


Oceanwide Expeditions orders new expedition ship for 2021

Oceanwide Expeditions orders new expedition ship for 2021
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Janssonius will be designed as a sister ship to Hondius, which began operations this June

Incat Crowther to design high-speed passenger ferry for Korea

Incat Crowther to design high-speed passenger ferry for Korea
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Dolphin Shipping's new vessel will be built by Khan Co. and operate between Pohang and Ulleung-do

Making passengers personally invested in onboard interiors

Making passengers personally invested in onboard interiors
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Rebecca Gibson asks executives from Holland America Group and BC Ferries what role emotion plays in interior design

Executives from Holland America Group and BC Ferries on the role emotion plays in interior design

Celebrity Cruises christens new Celebrity Flora

Celebrity Cruises christens new Celebrity Flora
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, June 24, 2019

The all-suite mega yacht is the first of her kind to have been purpose-built for the Galapagos

Lerwick Harbour hosts four cruise vessels in one day

Lerwick Harbour hosts four cruise vessels in one day
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, June 24, 2019

CMV, P&O Cruises, Holland America and Windstar Cruises ships brought 4,200 guests to Scottish port

The quest to deliver ideal interiors for Costa Group's cruise ships

The quest to deliver ideal interiors for Costa Group's cruise ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 21, 2019

Rebecca Gibson asks Christian Schönrock to share the secrets behind the company's interior design strategy

Christian Schönrock shares the secrets behind the company’s interior design strategy

Crystal Cruises creates 30th anniversary sailings for 2020

Crystal Cruises creates 30th anniversary sailings for 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Luxury operator will commemorate milestone with a year-long calendar of events and celebrations 

Southampton and Miami sign sister port agreement

Southampton and Miami sign sister port agreement
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, June 17, 2019

UK and US ports will share best practices to strengthen their respective cruise markets

MSC Cruises to add new features to MSC for Me app

MSC Cruises to add new features to MSC for Me app
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, June 17, 2019

Services will enable guests to pre-book shorex and restaurants, locate fellow passengers and more

Meyer Werft lays keel for P&O Cruises’ Iona

Meyer Werft lays keel for P&O Cruises’ Iona
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 14, 2019

Brands first LNG-powered ship starts to take shape in Germany in preparation for May 2020 debut

LDV Hospitality to open first at-sea Scarpetta restaurant

LDV Hospitality to open first at-sea Scarpetta restaurant
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 14, 2019

Upscale Italian dining venue will debut on Norwegian Encore, which will start service in November

Sea Spirit to cut fuel consumption with new Rolls-Royce stabilisers

Sea Spirit to cut fuel consumption with new Rolls-Royce stabilisers
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, June 13, 2019

Equipment reduces the roll and drag of Poseidon Expeditions' ship, while lowering noise and vibrations

Carnival celebrates 10 years of cruising from Baltimore

Carnival celebrates 10 years of cruising from Baltimore
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cruise line has brought over one million guests to the US city since launching year-round sailings in 2009

Norwegian starts first-ever homeporting season in Amsterdam

Norwegian starts first-ever homeporting season in Amsterdam
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Norwegian Pearl will sail from Amsterdam to ports in the North and Baltic Seas until the end of June

Virgin Voyages appoints female captain for Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages appoints female captain for Scarlet Lady
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wendy Williams will be the first Canadian woman to hold the role for a major cruise brand

Chesapeake Shipbuilding adds final touches to American Harmony

Chesapeake Shipbuilding adds final touches to American Harmony
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, June 11, 2019

’American Cruise Lines' modern riverboat is to embark on her inaugural cruise this August

T. Mariotti cuts steel for Seabourn’s first-ever expedition cruise ship

T. Mariotti cuts steel for Seabourn’s first-ever expedition cruise ship
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Seabourn Venture will feature interiors by Adam D. Tihany and debut in the polar regions in June 2021

Crystal Cruises bans plastic straws on all ships

Crystal Cruises bans plastic straws on all ships
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, June 11, 2019

It's the latest in a line of green initiatives that are reducing Crystal's impact on the environment

Regent Seven Seas to add gourmet plant-based meals to menus

Regent Seven Seas to add gourmet plant-based meals to menus
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, June 10, 2019

Dishes will cover Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Korean, Thai, Italian and other cuisines 

Interferry team to prepare best practice guide for ferry safety

Interferry team to prepare best practice guide for ferry safety
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, June 10, 2019

Report will be based on findings from the Philippines, which has significantly reduced ferry incidents 

Ponant launches foundation to support ocean preservation

Ponant launches foundation to support ocean preservation
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, June 10, 2019

Association will fund projects that aim to protect the seas, polar regions and indigenous populations

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to christen Saga newbuild

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to christen Saga newbuild
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 7, 2019

Spirit of Discovery's royal naming ceremony will be held at Port of Dover on 5 July

ABB to convert Italian ferry into hybrid vessel

ABB to convert Italian ferry into hybrid vessel
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 7, 2019

San Cristoforo will also be able to operate in zero-emission mode as she sails on Italy’s Lake Maggiore

AmaMora embarks on maiden voyage from Amsterdam

AmaMora embarks on maiden voyage from Amsterdam
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, June 7, 2019

Vessel is the third in a trio of new river cruise ships to have joined the AmaWaterways fleet this year

Safety and brand identity to be key topics at Marine Interiors Expo

Safety and brand identity to be key topics at Marine Interiors Expo
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, June 6, 2019

Experts will share tips on how to create aesthetically appealing, yet compliant, interior designs for ships

Riviera boasts new coffee lounge and remastered Owner's Suites after refit

Riviera boasts new coffee lounge and remastered Owner's Suites after refit
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, June 6, 2019

All other staterooms and suites were also modernised as part of the OceaniaNEXT renovation programme