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Costa Concordia Wreck Could Be Upright This Month

Costa Concordia Wreck Could Be Upright This Month Sep 13th, 2013 at 1:00PM: 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 everything they were doing. Back at the scene of the wreck, environmentalists voiced concerns about long-term damage to the...

Photo Of The Day: Scenes From A German Café

Photo Of The Day: Scenes From A German Café Aug 8th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Jess Moss, AOL Gadling editor Jess Moss continues her Viking River Cruise in Germany. As the cruise stopped in Passau, she captured this shot, claiming, "I'll never get tired of the European cafe scene." What about you -- if you could eat meals outside every day, at small, local restaurants, would you? To continue following Jess' adventures, add @GadlingTravel to your Instagram feed. We'd...

Cruise Ship Back In Baltimore After Fire, Repairs Continue

Cruise Ship Back In Baltimore After Fire, Repairs Continue Jul 12th, 2013 at 2:15PM: 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 governor named May 13 Royal Caribbean Cruise Day. But the hoopla of that new cruise ship in town was short lived when just days...

Cruise Survival Skills: Falling Overboard

Cruise Survival Skills: Falling Overboard Jul 2nd, 2013 at 9:00AM: 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 happen often, we checked in with the Coast Guard on what to do to increase your odds of survival. We begin on the Baltic...

Disney Cruise Line Tops All Others In Satisfaction Survey

Disney Cruise Line Tops All Others In Satisfaction Survey Jun 28th, 2013 at 3:30PM: 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 revealed some surprising trends and priorities. The study also verified some long-held beliefs about cruise travel. "Many...

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 Jun 27th, 2013 at 5:00PM: 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 turn around and get back in a week, the time most travelers have for vacation. The answer: make more islands. While the...

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

Clean Air Or Jobs? Lawmaker Jumps In To Help Cruise Line Jun 24th, 2013 at 3:00PM: 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 ships when in port, using cleaner shore-side power when possible. Still, looming new environmental standards have cruise...

Moldovian Dancer On Wrecked Cruise Ship Resents Prostitute Reference

Moldovian Dancer On Wrecked Cruise Ship Resents Prostitute Reference Jun 17th, 2013 at 2:00PM: 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 has problems of her own At the time of the event, we met Domnica Cemortan, 26, a former cruise ship "hostess" and dancer...

Recycled Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal

Recycled Hong Kong Airport Opens As Cruise Terminal Jun 14th, 2013 at 9:00AM: 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 potential middle-class passengers in China. This week though, it's all about the Americans. Passengers disembarking Royal...

Unique Themed Cruise Brings Wine, Stars And Seminars

Unique Themed Cruise Brings Wine, Stars And Seminars Jun 10th, 2013 at 5:00PM: 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 cruise. Then there are fans of movies like the Turner Classic Movies cruise, now in its third year. Another one that caught...

New Study Has Travel By Air Preferred, Thanks To Travel By Sea

New Study Has Travel By Air Preferred, Thanks To Travel By Sea Jun 8th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Port of San Diego/Flickr A new study out this week says the idea of a cruise vacation is not as popular as it once was, targeting multiple factors for the hit. Regardless of the reason, the numbers show a cruise industry that has its job cut out for it. Over half of all Americans are less likely to take a cruise now than over a year ago, says the new Harris Poll out this week. But those numbers...

Luxury Cruise Line Makes Bedding A Status Thing

Luxury Cruise Line Makes Bedding A Status Thing Jun 6th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Ridge Tahoe Resort Hotel/Flickr On a luxury cruise vacation, travelers are pampered with everything from butler service to their selection from a menu of pillows. Taking that idea a step further, Celebrity Cruises is in the process of upgrading bedding, teaming with a sleep system manufacturer to get the job done. Every stateroom on every Celebrity ship will eventually have the new sleep system,...

Bundling, Unbundling Travel Services For Convenience, Savings

Bundling, Unbundling Travel Services For Convenience, Savings Jun 5th, 2013 at 3:30PM: stevendepolo/Flickr Bundling travel services can often be the best value when compared to buying individual services in an a la carte sort of way. Buying airfare then adding on a rental car and/or hotel package is a good example of saving travel funds via bundling. Unbundling, on the other hand, is where fees for everything from checked luggage to exit row seats on airlines came from,...

Costa Concordia, Final Report: The Captain Did It

Costa Concordia, Final Report: The Captain Did It Jun 3rd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Costa Concordia grounded off the coast of Italy in January 2012, where the cruise ship still sits today. Removal of the ship is a well-defined work in progress, now over halfway complete. Placing blame for the grounding, which resulted in the death of 32 people, is also coming into focus. Last week, Italian maritime authorities released a 176-page official report that documents much of what we...

An International Smartphone Plan For Cruise Travelers, Finally

An International Smartphone Plan For Cruise Travelers, Finally May 29th, 2013 at 3:00PM: celesteh/Flickr Many cruise travelers have no problem at all controlling the expense of using their smartphone internationally; they simply turn it off for the duration of the trip. That done, they proceed to communicate with the rest of the world via email on Internet time bought from the cruise line. They don't dare turn on their smartphone because if they do, the first message they see is one...

Cruise Lines Flee Europe, Blame High Airfare, Again

Cruise Lines Flee Europe, Blame High Airfare, Again May 28th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Chris Owen North American cruise lines really want to be friends with travelers from Europe. A number of times, various cruise lines have scheduled their largest deployment ever to Europe, only to pull back later when demand for their services was less than anticipated. Looking ahead to 2014, that trend looks to be continuing as major North American cruise brands cut back on European deployment....

Cruise Traveler Rights Detailed In New Bill

Cruise Traveler Rights Detailed In New Bill May 23rd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Clearly Ambiguous/Flickr Travelers' rights are often difficult to define. We know about the so-called Airline Passenger Bill of Rights, designed to give air travelers some relief in a deregulated airline industry when things go wrong. When held on the tarmac for too long, passengers now have the right to get off the aircraft. Bumped against your will? You might be entitled to denied boarding...

Big Ship Cruises Not For You? New Cruise Line Has You In Mind

Big Ship Cruises Not For You? New Cruise Line Has You In Mind May 19th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Viking Oceans Cruise travelers who are turned off by the big ship ocean cruising experience or just want to try something different, increasingly turn to a river cruise. On tiny ships, they ply the waters of European rivers, sailing directly to iconic destinations. Viking River Cruises is a major player in that arena and is quite successful at what they do. With other cruise lines, that success...

Relaunched Cruise Ships Bring Sunshine and Magic

Relaunched Cruise Ships Bring Sunshine and Magic May 16th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Disney Cruise Line In the world of cruise travel, the big story is often about the latest, greatest, biggest cruise ships to be launched and what they have to offer travelers. Those new floating resorts often command the highest fares as cruise travel fans line up to book passage and be one of the first to sail. But while major cruise lines build new ships with the best of what they have to offer,...

New Cruise Line Sets Sail In 2014 With Small, Luxury Ships

New Cruise Line Sets Sail In 2014 With Small, Luxury Ships May 13th, 2013 at 1:00PM: New cruise lines are about as rare as new hotel chains; there is just not a lot of action on that topic. Like hotel chains, airlines and other travel-related companies, most cruise lines have been around for a long time too. Still, there are those who see a need in the marketplace that existing companies just can't fill. Such is the feel of new Pearl Sea Cruises, which will set sail in 2014...

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