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.


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

Quark Expeditions to name polar expedition ship Ultramarine

Quark Expeditions to name polar expedition ship Ultramarine
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, June 6, 2019

The vessel is being built with recycled materials by Brodosplit shipyard and will debut in 2020

Total of 27 cruise ships to attend Rouen Armada this June

Total of 27 cruise ships to attend Rouen Armada this June
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Maritime event will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and host seven million people

New platform launched to boost sea tourism in Adriatic

New platform launched to boost sea tourism in Adriatic
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Adriatic Sea Tourism Agenda enables cruise and ferry operators to share ideas and initiatives

Red Funnel reduces plastics, waste and energy consumption

Red Funnel reduces plastics, waste and energy consumption
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Isle of Wight-based ferry line making great strides with the environmental strategy it launched in 2018

Celebrity Equinox offers new onboard features after refit

Celebrity Equinox offers new onboard features after refit
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Vessel is the first in the Solstice Class to be modernised as part of The Celebrity Revolution initiative

Chinese celebrities christen Spectrum of the Seas in China

Chinese celebrities christen Spectrum of the Seas in China
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Royal Caribbean's first Quantum Ultra Class ship will offer various itineraries from China until winter 2019

Spirit of Adventure starts to take shape at Meyer Werft

Spirit of Adventure starts to take shape at Meyer Werft
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Germany shipyard lays first block of keel for Saga's second newbuild vessel

Boudicca becomes largest-ever cruise ship to berth in Poole

Boudicca becomes largest-ever cruise ship to berth in Poole
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Fred. Olsen vessel makes maiden visit as part of UK town's D-D Landing commemorations

Xiamen Shipbuilding lays keel for Viking Glory

Xiamen Shipbuilding lays keel for Viking Glory
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, June 3, 2019

Viking Line's new LNG-powered cruise ferry is expected to be delivered at the end of 2020

Costa Cruises introduces Urban Nordic Walking tours

Costa Cruises introduces Urban Nordic Walking tours
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 30, 2019

Guided excursions available in five Mediterranean cities this summer to encourage sustainable tourism

Sun Princess makes her maiden call in Southampton

Sun Princess makes her maiden call in Southampton
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 30, 2019

Princess vessel is one of 11 that will be visiting for the first time in the 2019 cruise season

Why Valencia offers an authentic Mediterranean experience

Why Valencia offers an authentic Mediterranean experience
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 30, 2019

New shore excursions are enabling cruise guests to immerse themselves in the culture and history of the Spanish city

New shorex are enabling cruise guests to enjoy the culture and history of the Spanish city

Cartagena: a historical gem for modern cruise guests

Cartagena: a historical gem for modern cruise guests
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Cruise guests can explore the Spanish city's rich culture thanks to shore excursions created by the port authority

Guests can explore the Spanish city's rich culture thanks to shoreex created by the port authority

Why Vancouver is an iconic cruise homeport

Why Vancouver is an iconic cruise homeport
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Carmen Ortega tells Rebecca Gibson how the Canadian city is capitalising on its unique position as a cruise gateway to Alaska

Carmen Ortega shares how the Canadian city is capitalising on its position as a gateway to Alaska

How Scania is helping Whale Watch give back to nature

How Scania is helping Whale Watch give back to nature
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 27, 2019

Maori-owned tour operator Whale Watch reduces fuel consumption and minimises environmental impact by installing Scania engines on its vessels

Tour operator reduces fuel consumption and minimises environmental impact with new engines

Mystic Cruises to implement Adonis HR solution

Mystic Cruises to implement Adonis HR solution
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 24, 2019

System will control recruitment, crewing and payroll on all of line's new fleet expedition ships

How is Rescompany Systems powering the cruise business?

How is Rescompany Systems powering the cruise business?
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 23, 2019

The firm’s mobile apps are helping passenger ship operators to expedite operational processes and keep guests safe and secure

The firm’s mobile apps are helping operators to expedite operational processes and keep guests safe

A Spanish sojourn in the historic city of A Coruña

A Spanish sojourn in the historic city of A Coruña
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The port is sowing the seeds for further success after tripling cruise passenger numbers over the past decade

Port is sowing the seeds for further success after tripling passenger numbers over the past decade

Record numbers of Asian travellers choosing cruises

Record numbers of Asian travellers choosing cruises
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New CLIA report finds that the region is now the world’s third-largest passenger source market

Carnival Sunshine starts year-round cruises from Charleston

Carnival Sunshine starts year-round cruises from Charleston
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Vessel will sail various itineraries, including the first-ever voyages between the US city and Cuba

Ropes Courses Incorporated: entertainment from ship to shore

Ropes Courses Incorporated: entertainment from ship to shore
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Firm’s Sky Trail attractions provide cruise operators and ports with a unique way to entertain guests, says Jon Weston, vice president of Sales and Marketing

Jon Weston says the Sky Trail attractions give cruise operators and ports a unique way to entertain guests

How is RSR Nemo delivering carefree cruising?

How is RSR Nemo delivering carefree cruising?
By Rebecca Gibson | Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Firm offers operators flexible and high-quality crew and ship management services, says Oliver Sassen

Firm offers operators flexible and high-quality crew and ship management services, says Oliver Sassen

Brombach + Gess creates glass balconies for Hanseatic nature

Brombach + Gess creates glass balconies for Hanseatic nature
By Rebecca Gibson | Monday, May 20, 2019

Extendable balconies on the port and starboard sides of the ship can accommodate up to 50 people

Port NOLA is riding the wave of success

Port NOLA is riding the wave of success
By Rebecca Gibson | Friday, May 17, 2019

Cruise passenger numbers are continuing to rise as Port of New Orleans strengthens its position as a unique US homeport and destination city

Cruise numbers are rising as US port strengthens its position as a homeport and destination city

Norsepower Rotor Sail cuts fuel consumption on Viking Grace

Norsepower Rotor Sail cuts fuel consumption on Viking Grace
By Rebecca Gibson | Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tests show Viking Line cruise ferry could save up to 300 tonnes of LNG fuel per year in the long term

CroisiEurope to add second ocean ship to fleet in 2020

CroisiEurope to add second ocean ship to fleet in 2020
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Silversea's former Silver Discoverer will be rebranded and renamed La Belle Des Océans

Xaler Systems: a flexible partner for refurbishments

Xaler Systems: a flexible partner for refurbishments
By Rebecca Gibson | Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Xaler Systems’ mobile workshop makes it an ideal reupholstery and interior design partner for cruise operators across the world

Firm's mobile workshop means it can work on projects around the world