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Costa Concordia Wreck Could Be Upright This Month

Costa Concordia Wreck Could Be Upright This Month Carlo Mirante/Flickr It was a very unlucky Friday the 13th in 2012 when the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy, sending shock waves through the world of cruise travel. After the event, which took 32 lives, cruise lines took a hard look at...

When A Cruise Ship Crashes, How Much Does Cleanup Cost?

When A Cruise Ship Crashes, How Much Does Cleanup Cost? European Commission DG ECHO, Flickr When a crash or accident happens, there are the immediate, often horrendous, effects, like death. But in the face of destruction, there are the long term effects that many of us never give a second thought to. Like the removal of...

How Drunk Will Self-Service Make Cruises?

How Drunk Will Self-Service Make Cruises? star5112, Flickr Not only are cruises working on being more transparent and increasing your safety, they're also committed to making sure a non-stop party is always within reach. We're talking about self-service. Not laundry silly; pouring your own drinks. Don't worry,...

The Love Boat Makes Final Voyage

The Love Boat Makes Final Voyage StefanoF, Flickr The iconic MS Pacific, better known as "The Love Boat," has made her final voyage. Purchased for 2.5 million euro by a Turkish ship recycling company and taken to a scrapyard on the Aegean Sea coast of Turkey, the cruise ship will be stripped for metal...

#OnTheRoad: River Cruising In Germany

#OnTheRoad: River Cruising In Germany Jess Moss, AOL Guten Tag from the Danube River! I'm Jess, an editor at Gadling and AOL Travel, and am on my first river cruise (actually, my first cruise of any kind). I'm chugging along the Danube on Viking River Cruises' Bragi longship from Nuremberg to Budapest. Our stops...

Inside The Crime Statistics Of Major Cruise Lines

Inside The Crime Statistics Of Major Cruise Lines Thomas Quine, Flickr In an aim for more transparency for travelers, you can now learn all about the crime statistics of major cruise lines, or at least those of the three major lines Royal Caribbean Cruises, Carnival Corporation and Norwegian Cruise Line. According to...

Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie: A Cruise Ship Wedding?

Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie: A Cruise Ship Wedding? easylocum/Flickr It wouldn't be the first time a wedding was performed at sea; cruise line captains do it with some frequency. Accepted internationally as a legal deal, it often beats the price of a fancy wedding on land too. For high-profile celebrities Brad Pitt and...

Carnival Splendor Fire Explained By Coast Guard Report

Carnival Splendor Fire Explained By Coast Guard Report DVIDSHUB/Flickr It was November 2010 when fire broke out on Carnival Splendor, disabling the 3,300-passenger ship. At the time, the reason for the fire was unknown. Now, the U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into the cruise ship fire and has a report. ...

Cruise Ship Back In Baltimore After Fire, Repairs Continue

Cruise Ship Back In Baltimore After Fire, Repairs Continue Chris Owen When cruise ships come to town, civic leaders rejoice. The floating resorts bring with them jobs and tourism dollars that might be otherwise elusive. In May, Baltimore, Maryland, welcomed Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas to town with gusto, as the state's...

Technically, Cruise Travel Is Safer Now: Do You Care? (POLL)

Technically, Cruise Travel Is Safer Now: Do You Care? (POLL) Andrew Malone/Flickr After the grounding of Costa Concordia, the world of cruise travel took a good hard look at everything they were doing in the way of safety. A comprehensive Operational Safety Review of passenger safety measures resulted in new policies that promised to...

5 Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories (That Don't Involve Photos)

5 Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories (That Don't Involve Photos) LEOL30, Flickr If you're an avid traveler, chances are you've experienced some type of fantastical sight, to which no photograph can ever do justice. Talent and camera quality have no bearing whatsoever on the ability to capture this moment, and so you resign yourself to...

Antarctica Continues To Heat Up, As A Cruise Destination

Antarctica Continues To Heat Up, As A Cruise Destination Crystal Cruises Antarctica is the southern most continent on Earth and can reach temperatures as low as −129°F (−89°C). But to cruise travelers, the home of the South Pole is one of the hottest new destinations around and cruise lines are sending them...

Cruise Survival Skills: Falling Overboard

Cruise Survival Skills: Falling Overboard Coast Guard News/Flickr Over the weekend, a passenger sailing from Stockholm to Helsinki survived seven hours in the frigid Baltic Sea after falling overboard. That he accidentally fell off and lived to tell about it is unusual; most don't. While its something that does not...

Disney Cruise Line Tops All Others In Satisfaction Survey

Disney Cruise Line Tops All Others In Satisfaction Survey Chris Owen Ranking cruise lines in a variety of critical areas, Disney Cruise Line came out on top in JD Powers 2013 Cruise Line Satisfaction Report, released today. In spite of recent negative press reports affecting cruise line satisfaction across the board, the survey...

Tired Of Caribbean Islands? No Problem: We'll Make More, Say Cruise Lines

Tired Of Caribbean Islands? No Problem: We'll Make More, Say Cruise Lines breezy421/Flickr After a few sailings in the Caribbean, North American cruise travelers can get tired of going to the same islands. Their cruise vacation may be a great value and easy to do but they want more. The problem is that ships can only go so far before having to...

Clean Air Or Jobs? Lawmaker Jumps In To Help Cruise Line

Clean Air Or Jobs? Lawmaker Jumps In To Help Cruise Line Jean & Nathalie/Flickr Long before recent events had cruise ships grounded, on fire or broken, cruise lines were charged with polluting the environment via their diesel-burning engines. Addressing the concern of environmentalists, many cruise lines chose to plug in those...

UK Royals Lend Name To Airport, Cruise Ship, Again

UK Royals Lend Name To Airport, Cruise Ship, Again Heathrow Airport media centre London's Heathrow airport continues to expand and remodel to meet current demand and prepare for the future. Heathrow's Terminal 2 (T2) will be home to the Star Alliance airlines and has United making the inaugural flights in June 2014. But...

Moldovian Dancer On Wrecked Cruise Ship Resents Prostitute Reference

Moldovian Dancer On Wrecked Cruise Ship Resents Prostitute Reference indi.ca/Flickr When the cruise ship Costa Concordia was grounded off the coast of Italy, the blame fell on Captain Vincent Schettino, practically convicted by the court of popular opinion. In July, Schettino will go on trial. Meanwhile, a Moldovian dancer who was on the ship...

Recycled Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal

Recycled Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal Hong Kong Tourism Board Hong Kong's $1 billion Kai Tak cruise terminal is open and processing cruise travelers as anticipated. Located at the site of the former Kai Tak International airport runway, the terminal will eventually source passengers from a pool of 50 million...

Unique Themed Cruise Brings Wine, Stars And Seminars

Unique Themed Cruise Brings Wine, Stars And Seminars payhere/Flickr Themed cruises are becoming more popular all the time as fans of (insert almost anything here) gather at sea. Music fans dominate the offerings with ships setting sail sold out with fans of Kid Rock, KISS, Blake Shelton and others each hosting their own theme...

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