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What to buy on the other French Riviera (The Telegraph)

Look West along the Mediterranean to find cheaper property. You won’t find the Cannes Film Festival or Club 55, but if owning a dreamy Mediterranean holiday home is your main desire, buying a property on the “other Riviera” can be half the price of the Côte d’Azur. The seaside resorts scattered along the western side of the south coast in Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales are adored … Continue reading What to buy on the other French Riviera (The Telegraph)

Artificial intelligence: the end of lost baggage? (Airport Technology)

With the number of air travellers set to double over the next 20 years, intelligent end-to-end baggage tracking will be more essential than ever. Can artificial intelligence be harnessed to help manage the problem? Frances Marcellin investigates. Between now and 2036, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that the number of air passengers will rise from 4 billion to almost 8 billion. Airports are … Continue reading Artificial intelligence: the end of lost baggage? (Airport Technology)

Business or pleasure? The apps and trends that are blurring boundaries (ZDNet)

The worlds of the office and the home are starting to merge through apps and physical co-living spaces. Mixing business and pleasure has long been inadvisable. But the hard lines between the two are softening, with relationships based on shared personal and professional interests becoming more important to the careers of entrepreneurs and freelancers all over the world. Despite French culture traditionally not lending itself … Continue reading Business or pleasure? The apps and trends that are blurring boundaries (ZDNet)

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Shhh is the day of the airport announcer over? (AIR (Airport Industry Review) Magazine and Airport Technology)

In recent years many airports have opted to become “silent airports”, where public address announcements are replaced by alternative communication methods. Are quiet airports the way forward and how have passengers reacted? Frances Marcellin finds out  Over the last ten years there has been a growing trend towards airports becoming “silent airports”. Usually this means that public announcements throughout airport terminals will cease to exist, … Continue reading Shhh is the day of the airport announcer over? (AIR (Airport Industry Review) Magazine and Airport Technology)

MSC Seaside Cruises into the American Market (Future Cruise)

On Wednesday 29 November, 2017, MSC Seaside sailed for the first time from Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, to Trieste. Frances Marcellin was on board, ahead of its 22-night maiden voyage to Miami, to find out more about Seaside’s unique design, the tech and how it fits into the company’s vision for expansion. “The ship that follows the sun”, the official description of MSC Seaside, … Continue reading MSC Seaside Cruises into the American Market (Future Cruise)

Cirque du Soleil takes to the high seas for the first time aboard MSC’s lavish new cruise ship (The Telegraph)

As Cirque du Soleil’s 50-strong acrobatic insect showstopper Ovo – an extravaganza about a day in the life of a curious community of insects – leaves thousands buzzing each night at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Cirque du Soleil at Sea is thrilling audiences in a surreal, slightly more intimate show on board MSC Meraviglia. Twice a night, for six days of the week, 15 of its … Continue reading Cirque du Soleil takes to the high seas for the first time aboard MSC’s lavish new cruise ship (The Telegraph)

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Tech savvy on board (The Telegraph)

Navigating your way around a ship is easier than you think, says Frances Marcellin. (First published in The Telegraph, 17 February 2018) As someone who is used to writing about technology, often covering transport and travel, I have become fascinated by the booming cruise industry. Technology is transforming these floating hotels into smart cities. When I heard Luca Pronzati, MSC Cruises’ Chief Business Innovation Officer, describing … Continue reading Tech savvy on board (The Telegraph)