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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)

How WiFi data is improving tube journeys (Future Rail magazine)

A pilot programme to collect depersonalised WiFi data across London’s tube network has revealed information that could be used to reduce crowding and prioritise areas for investment. The data could lead to better signposting, but what else could it be used for? Frances Marcellin takes a closer look. Continue reading How WiFi data is improving tube journeys (Future Rail magazine)