Cruise trends to watch (Future Cruise)

The future of cruise promises high-tech travel, customised fitness programmes, design-conscious accommodation and adventurous trips to remote locations. Frances Marcellin takes a look at current trends. From high-tech wearables to on-board robots and far-flung destinations, cruise companies are transforming the world of travel as we know it. With the future of cruise set to offer the very latest in technology, lifestyle choices and style concepts, … Continue reading Cruise trends to watch (Future Cruise)

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Ocean Cay: the world’s biggest private cruise resort emerges (Future Cruise)

MSC Cruises has broken ground on what will be the biggest cruise line private island in the Caribbean. Being built on a former sand-mining facility, which was originally planned for development into an LNG import terminal, the 95-acre man-made island resort will feature several kilometres of beachfront and a deep-water pier connecting to visiting cruise liners. Frances Marcellin takes a closer look. Many of the … Continue reading Ocean Cay: the world’s biggest private cruise resort emerges (Future Cruise)

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The cruise ships with the best Wi-Fi (CNN Travel)

What happened on cruise ships used to stay on cruise ships — at least until the boat reached the next port. One of the remaining Internet-free places on the planet, passengers could spend days wallowing in isolation unless they spent serious cash on a telegram or ship-to-shore call. Then, in 1999 Norwegian Cruise Lines introduced the first on-board Internet cafe. And nothing much changed. Because, even though … Continue reading The cruise ships with the best Wi-Fi (CNN Travel)

Why are there so few women in French tech? The causes and the cures (ZDNet)

France’s figures for women in tech roles are disappointing, but initiatives are underway to help change the landscape. In the 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking, Paris ranks ahead of Tel Aviv as the sixth city in the world with the most female entrepreneurs. But a closer look at the French figures reveals that just 21 percent of entrepreneurs are women. Even Chicago, the city ranked top for … Continue reading Why are there so few women in French tech? The causes and the cures (ZDNet)

NHS could soon use smart outfit to diagnose epilepsy (New Scientist)

A shirt and cap that can diagnose epilepsy quickly and easily has been approved for use by European health services, including the UK’s NHS. Epileptic seizures are the result of excessive electrical discharges in the brain. The World Health Organization estimates that over 50 million people worldwide have the condition, including 6 million in Europe, making it one of the world’s most common serious neurological conditions. Brain implants and apps … Continue reading NHS could soon use smart outfit to diagnose epilepsy (New Scientist)

Maintaining heritage: Transforming a ruin into one 2015’s most celebrated conservation projects (Design & Build Review magazine)

St Giles House, the ancestral home of Lord Shaftesbury in Dorset, UK, was transformed from a state of ruin to one of the most celebrated building conservation projects of 2015. Frances Marcellin spoke to the restoration team to find out how they took on such a sensitive project. Continue reading Maintaining heritage: Transforming a ruin into one 2015’s most celebrated conservation projects (Design & Build Review magazine)