How did the first mother in space become godmother to a cruise ship? (The Telegraph)

Anna Fisher made waves by becoming the first mother in space, and now she’s making waves at sea. Continue reading How did the first mother in space become godmother to a cruise ship? (The Telegraph)

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How to get your thrills at sea this summer (The Telegraph)

From the tallest slide and the longest race track at sea, to an airborne cycling experience and open-air laser tag, these are just some of the most thrilling activities for passengers on cruise ships. Continue reading How to get your thrills at sea this summer (The Telegraph)

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)

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A tough balancing act: how Cirque du Soleil is adapting circus for the high seas (The Stage)

When Cirque du Soleil launched sea-based productions, its gravity-defying acts had to adapt to a moving stage, particularly in rough weather. Frances Marcellin finds out how the team crafted ship-specific shows Continue reading A tough balancing act: how Cirque du Soleil is adapting circus for the high seas (The Stage)