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)

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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)

One Sea: the global future for autonomous marine transport? (Ship Technology)

The One Sea ecosystem intends to achieve commercial autonomous maritime traffic by 2025. Frances Marcellin takes a closer look at this ambitious plan, as well as some of its achievements to date and challenges ahead. The future of autonomous shipping could be in hands of One Sea, the brand name given to a global ecosystem that is developing autonomous marine transport. The idea was developed … Continue reading One Sea: the global future for autonomous marine transport? (Ship Technology)

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)

The technology transforming baggage handling (AIR Magazine)

As the number of air passengers increases, airports and airlines are investing in baggage handling technology to improve the passenger experience, airport operations and their bottom lines. Frances Marcellin looks at some of the ways that technology is helping to refine this crucial process around the world. Almost 4 billion passengers will fly in 2017, which, for baggage handling systems around the world, means accounting … Continue reading The technology transforming baggage handling (AIR Magazine)

Train on famous landwasser Viaduct bridge. Photo: gevision/Bigstock.com

TopRail: promoting sustainable rail tourism (Future Rail)

Can rail travel be re-visited as a means of sustainable tourism? The International Union of Railways has launched TopRail to raise awareness of cruise and heritage railways, and scenic train routes around the world. With a series of workshops underway as part of the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism, Frances Marcellin talks to TopRail about how these sessions will help promote rail travel. With … Continue reading TopRail: promoting sustainable rail tourism (Future Rail)

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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)