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)

Sustainable design: a Passiv retrofit (Design & Build Review)

A 19th century mews house in Chelsea, UK, has recently become one of only a handful of PassivHaus properties in the country, thanks to a retrofit by Cadogan. Frances Marcellin speaks to the company to discover the challenges of such a retrofit and how the project was achieved Continue reading Sustainable design: a Passiv retrofit (Design & Build Review)

Vessels for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises are designed for cruises in the Arctic, Antarctica and Amazon. They are 138m long, can accommodate 240 passengers.

Offshore shipbuilders turn to cruise to stay afloat in the downturn (Ship Technology)

Specialist shipbuilders are feeling the squeeze from the offshore industry’s downturn, with low oil prices resulting in stalled projects and cancelled orders. This has prompted some companies to expand into the cruise sector. But what are they offering the cruise industry and can they successfully make the transition? Frances Marcellin reports. As the offshore shipbuilding industry continues to deal with a depressed market, caused by … Continue reading Offshore shipbuilders turn to cruise to stay afloat in the downturn (Ship Technology)

Work, live, play, grow – beyond the modern office (Design & Build Review magazine)

Co-working spaces aren’t that new, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be innovative. Frances Marcellin speaks to CL3, the architects behind the Gaysorn II office development in Bangkok, Thailand, to find out what its “work, live, play, grow” concept means in reality. Since co-working was introduced in 2005, independent workers’ passion for sharing common, productive spaces has driven the concept into the mainstream market. Now … Continue reading Work, live, play, grow – beyond the modern office (Design & Build Review magazine)