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The Titanic Chronicles: No Ship Is Unsinkable

The Titanic Chronicles: No Ship Is Unsinkable Apr 12th, 2012 at 1:00PM: At the time of her maiden and final voyage, RMS Titanic was the most advanced vessel of her day. Proud owner White Star Line thought her unsinkable and set out to show the world their new ship. Little did shipbuilders know that the grand ocean liner's enduring legacy would not be a new record crossing the Atlantic but a warning to the future. A warning that, while well heeded, could not stop...

The Titanic Chronicles: This Week We Remember

The Titanic Chronicles:  This Week We Remember Apr 9th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Today's cruise industry exists and operates safely in many ways as a result of the Titanic tragedy. Still, recent maritime events including the grounding of Costa Concordia nearly brought to pass the most feared event in the world of cruise vacations. This week, with Sunday marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, we take a look at the legacy left behind that affects cruise...

Brave Travelers Wanted: Your Cruise Ship Awaits

Brave Travelers Wanted: Your Cruise Ship Awaits Apr 7th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Otherwise brave and robust travelers have been having second thoughts about cruise vacations – and rightfully so. The grounding of Costa Concordia, a fire on Costa Allegra not long after and thoughts of the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic are all valid concerns. Wondering what the experience might be like, we bought a ticket for a ride on Princess Cruises' newly...

'Titanic' Back At Box Office, Enhanced For Your Tragedy-Viewing Pleasure

'Titanic' Back At Box Office, Enhanced For Your Tragedy-Viewing Pleasure Apr 5th, 2012 at 4:00PM: April 15, 2012 marks the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, the supposedly unsinkable ocean liner. Today, "Titanic" the movie by James Cameron, is re-released and enhanced for 3D, Real D and iMax, all to make the memorable scenes more vividly spectacular. "The story of the Titanic endures because it is the soaring story of courage and cowardice," says an article in today's...

Cruise ship simulator is key to avoiding future disasters

Cruise ship simulator is key to avoiding future disasters Mar 16th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Images of cruise ships grounded and on fire are fresh in our minds. Still, we know that a cruise vacation is one of the safest travel options available. This week, safety is in the spotlight as never before with the opening of a new training facility that offers the latest electronic tools available. But while a keen focus on the latest technology is employed, the ongoing program highlights the...

Must read e-book: Fatal Voyage, the Wrecking of the Costa Concordia

Must read e-book: Fatal Voyage, the Wrecking of the Costa Concordia Mar 14th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Looking for a relaxing read en route to your cruise? Then don't buy Fatal Voyage, The Wrecking of the Costa Concordia, a Kindle Singles e-book that takes an in-depth look at the modern day Titanic. Written by journalist John Hooper, the e-book covers one of the worst passenger ship disaster since the Titanic in engaging detail. Numerous interviews with survivors describe plates falling as the...

Travel Smarter 2012: Your best cruise values in 2012

Travel Smarter 2012: Your best cruise values in 2012 Mar 12th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Looking for the best cruise values, many travelers check the Internet in a click-to-buy way, much like they might an airline ticket or hotel room. Like airfare search engines, some online cruise booking sources are better than others. Some people turn to travel agents who keep up on the latest industry trends, current pricing, and special offers not always available to consumers. In 2012 and...

Breaking: Fire breaks out on Costa ship near Seychelles islands

Breaking: Fire breaks out on Costa ship near Seychelles islands Feb 27th, 2012 at 12:30PM: A fire broke out today on Italian cruise ship Costa Allegra leaving it adrift off the Seychelles islands. The vessel was carrying 413 crew members and 636 passengers from 25 countries, including eight Americans. Costa Cruises told Gadling "today at 10:39 CET a fire broke out on board Costa Allegra in the electric generator room. The shipboard fire-extinguishing system and emergency procedures...

National Geographic has untold cruise disaster stories

National Geographic has untold cruise disaster stories Feb 8th, 2012 at 4:00PM: A new National Geographic special coming up on Sunday, February 12 is promising to answer a whole lot of questions about the grounding of the Costa Concordia last month. Featuring first-hand accounts of American survivors who share their own home video, Nat Geo will present Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories. "How did the ship sink? Could it have been prevented? Why weren't the...

Cruise line makes offer, gets sued, waits

Cruise line makes offer, gets sued, waits Jan 29th, 2012 at 2:00PM: The cruise line that owns Costa Concordia is trying to move forward, past recovery and initial assistance efforts to make an offer to non-injured passengers. Still without conclusive forensic reasons or blame placed for the tragic grounding of January 13, Costa Cruises faces legal action as it and the entire cruise industry review safety standards. The families of those who died, passengers...

Cascading changes likely for cruise travelers

Cascading changes likely for cruise travelers Jan 23rd, 2012 at 2:30PM: Changes are coming for cruise travelers even though exactly what happened to force Costa Concordia to ground off the coast of Italy has yet to be defined by forensic evidence. Playing out as everything from rumors to accusations and first-hand reports from passengers actually on the ship, media outlets have been working overtime reporting the story. Some accounts seem reasonable, some...

Nat Geo presents five cruise ship disasters that changed travel

Nat Geo presents five cruise ship disasters that changed travel Jan 22nd, 2012 at 8:00AM: Over the past week, the Costa Concordia story has been a prominent one amongst both the mainstream media and travel outlets alike. The sinking of a cruise ship is not a common occurrence and ranks amongst the worst travel nightmares imaginable. While questions about exactly what happened aboard that ship remain, it is clear that the accident will likely have far reaching consequences and bring...

Cruise tragedy calls for increased focus on safety

Cruise tragedy calls for increased focus on safety Jan 17th, 2012 at 1:30PM: On the heels of the Costa Concordia cruise tragedy, where a once-proud ocean going vessel now lay on its side off the coast of Italy, calls for increased safety standards and procedures are being made. While history will remember the Concordia event as more of a near-miss than a Titanic-like disaster as tabloids might have us believe, most experts agree: this can't happen again. As rescue...

Cruise accident "like a scene from Titanic" says passenger

Cruise accident Jan 14th, 2012 at 6:00AM: (Updated 8:10AM EDT) After running aground off the coast of Italy Friday night, an unknown number of passengers are reported dead as a luxury cruise ship sinks and dawn reveals details of the tragic accident. "It was like a scene from the Titanic,'' journalist Mara Parmegian on board for what was to be an 8 day Mediterranean sailing told the ANSA news agency. Costa Cruises Costa Concordia...

Black Friday travel on sale from hotels to cruises

Black Friday travel on sale from hotels to cruises Nov 25th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel companies are going all out with some outstanding bargains on everything from airfare to cruise vacations. It's a time when sellers of travel hope they can get us to buy big, once, and take care of the whole family with a single purchase. One big travel gift for the whole family is a great choice for people who don't like to shop very much and like...

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