All articles by Frances Marcellin

Frances Marcellin

Cruising into the new year: top trends to look forward to in 2023

The key themes to expect in 2023 as the cruise sector continues its post-pandemic rebound

Explora Journeys looking for “discerning travellers”

Explora Journeys CEO Michael Ungerer talks about the operator’s new luxury offerings, and why the company is more than a cruise line.

MSC World Europa brings myriad firsts

The launch of MSC Cruises’ new vessel showcased a host of firsts for the operator

Transcend Cruises to bring a new class to river cruises

Matthew Shollar, co-founder of Transcend Cruises, opens up about the operator’s ambitions

Meet the ultimate cruise cocktail: NCL’s new Prima ship

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Prima Class ship boasts a plethora of options to challenge the cruise line’s rivals

Celebrity Cruises goes a cut above and Beyond

Celebrity Cruises’ new ship, Celebrity Beyond, has a strong health and wellbeing focus, with a host of spas and fitness offerings.

Beyond design and wellness

Celebrity Cruises’ new ship Beyond will launch next year, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Wellbeing Adviser and a women’s wellness panel comprising leading female entrepreneurs in the wellness space. From in-room fitness menus to cashmere mattresses and a new plant-based restaurant, Beyond is establishing itself as the go-to destination for a luxury, holistic wellness experience.

OceanMedallion aces contactless cruising

Princess Cruises’ OceanMedallion experience was deployed fleet-wide during the cruise industry shutdown, meaning that all ships now offer unique touchless technologies that provide high levels of contactless service on board and have been leveraged to support new health protocols. We report.

A new way out: how Royal Caribbean Cruises uses escape rooms for recruitment

Royal Caribbean Cruises has overcome the challenge of finding the best candidates while recruiting remotely, by setting up candidates to complete a virtual escape room challenge. We speak to Vice President EMEA Ben Bouldin about how his personal experience helped shape next generation recruitment.

Bottoms up: the robot bartender serving up drinks on MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is introducing the first humanoid robot bartender at sea into a new bar concept called the Starship Club. We speak to project head Luca Pronzati to discover the challenges they faced delivering such a unique concept during a pandemic.