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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...

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...

Cruise Travel Apps Free To Use At Sea

Cruise Travel Apps Free To Use At Sea Apr 30th, 2013 at 3:00PM: When we review travel apps that actually do something, they often tap crowd-sourced information that is as rich (or not) as the number of users who have contributed their opinions or reviews. GPS-based travel apps take existing technology and manipulate it in one way or another to bring every thing from finding a friend on the road to creating a virtual journal of our travels, step by step. In the...

Maritime History Comes To Life With New Titanic

Maritime History Comes To Life With New Titanic Mar 3rd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Maritime history buffs travel around the planet to see and experience places where ships and the brave crews aboard may have helped to forge a new land and explore the unknown. The naval and passenger ships of yesteryear were an integral part of making the world we know today. Now, taking a step back to the past with an eye on the future, an Australian billionaire is honoring the legacy of...

Missing Cruise Ship Spotted Off Coast Of Ireland

Missing Cruise Ship Spotted Off Coast Of Ireland Feb 26th, 2013 at 8:00AM: A cruise ship that went missing back in January was spotted drifting toward the coast of Ireland late last week. The M/V Lyubov Orlova was on its way to the scrapyard when it broke away from a Canadian tug in international waters last month and hadn't been seen since. It has been floating aimlessly across the Northern Atlantic and is now reportedly within 1200 nautical miles of the Irish coast. ...

Stricken Cruise Ship Passengers Make Most Of Bad Situation

Stricken Cruise Ship Passengers Make Most Of Bad Situation Feb 13th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Life on board stricken cruise ship Carnival Triumph is far from the travel brochure promise of sandy beaches and warm Caribbean nights. As the ship is being towed to shore after an engine room fire knocked out the ship's propulsion, passengers have had quite a different experience than what they bargained for. Still, experienced travelers know that not everything goes as planned and making the...

Holiday Cruise Vacation For 2013? Wait To Buy, About A Week

Holiday Cruise Vacation For 2013? Wait To Buy, About A Week Dec 28th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The holiday gifts have all been opened and some of Santa's "nice" kids received exactly what they wanted. Others, leaning a bit towards the "naughty" side, not so much. If a cruise vacation was on that gift list for you, all hope is not lost. It is indeed possible to actually buy a cruise and get it for a price that adds up to a great travel value. We are right around the corner from what...

Cruise Ships Steer Clear Of Troubled Waters

Cruise Ships Steer Clear Of Troubled Waters Dec 18th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Travel via cruise ship has a number of advantages. For one example, you can unpack once but visit multiple destinations on a floating hotel. Doing so safely is another, causing cruise lines to constantly consider life as it is at ports of call around the world. What was once a safe place to visit may not be six months from now. That's when cruise lines alter itineraries and steer cruise ships...

Video Of The Day: Amazing Ice Sculptures Wow Crowds In Japan

Dec 17th, 2012 at 7:00PM: Today's Video of the Day comes from last year's Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan. Press "play" and you'll see why the week-long festival is one of the largest winter events in the country, attracting nearly two million people. Hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures take over Sapporo's expansive Odori Park, as well as Susukino, a shopping and entertainment district, and the Sapporo...

Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Detailed On New Website

Costa Concordia Wreck Removal Detailed On New Website Nov 10th, 2012 at 2:00AM: Costa Concordia grounded off the coast of Italy last January and work has been ongoing since then to clear the area of all things cruise ship related. Taking a cruise ship that has fallen over on its side and getting it back upright is apparently a gigantic job that has never before attempted. This week, Costa Cruises, along with its salvage company, launched a website with detailed information,...

Cruise Line Destination Focus Brings Off-Ship Adventures

Cruise Line Destination Focus Brings Off-Ship Adventures Oct 16th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Cruise lines continue to bust into new territory, shaking off their booze cruise, buffet bonanza reputation with a keen focus on the destinations they visit. Off the ship, cruise travelers want more than a packaged shore excursion. They want more time in port with active experiences rather than passive viewing. Cruise lines are beginning to deliver too. Spending some of the clout they earn by...

Grounded Cruise Ship Trial Begins With Black Box Evidence

Grounded Cruise Ship Trial Begins With Black Box Evidence Oct 16th, 2012 at 2:00PM: The grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia may not be on trial itself but court proceedings began this week, looking for answers to what happened. More than 100 lawyers representing survivors and the families of passengers and crew members who died in the January event are on hand to plead their case. The proceedings will be based on evidence from the ship's black box recordings, navigational...

Costa Concordia Grounding Brings More Safety Rules, Awareness

Costa Concordia Grounding Brings More Safety Rules, Awareness Sep 25th, 2012 at 1:00PM: When the Costa Concordia was grounded off the coast of Italy last January, a call went out to take a focused look at cruise ship safety. Since then, a number of in-depth television specials have been aired, several accounts of the tragic event have been published and maritime experts have come up with specific suggestions. While there can be no guarantee of another event of such magnitude...

Cruise Line Adds Focus On Learning And Self-Discovery

Cruise Line Adds Focus On Learning And Self-Discovery Sep 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: Common thoughts about a standard cruise line experience include bellying up to the buffet, '70s Vegas-like entertainment and non-stop bingo with a few thousand strangers sailing through the Caribbean. That experience can still be found, but these days, cruise lines are focusing on engaging passengers in a variety of new ways. From a focus on destination immersion to revamped onboard...

Cruise Ship Wreck Removal Underway Amid New Questions Of Cause

Cruise Ship Wreck Removal Underway Amid New Questions Of Cause Jul 5th, 2012 at 1:00PM: It's been nearly seven months since the cruise ship Costa Concordia grounded off the coast of Italy, leaving 32 dead. After lying on its side since the January 13th grounding, Costa Concordia will next be stood back up, re-floated and towed to an Italian port. But what looks to be a simple operation will involve the coordination of several salvage companies and cost millions. A big part of the...

Rescue By Cruise Ship Not A Happy Event

Rescue By Cruise Ship Not A Happy Event Jul 1st, 2012 at 4:00PM: We might think that being rescued by a cruise ship, after floating in the ocean for days or weeks, would be a good thing. Cuban refugees, commonly found on or close to routes traveled by cruise ships, are brought aboard to be cared for. Cheering passengers feel good about it all but for the refugees, a hot meal on a cruise ship is about the last thing in the world they want. It's called the...

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 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...

London considering "floating hotels" to accommodate visitors to 2012 Olympics

London considering Aug 9th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Although London is expecting close to 5.5 million visitors for the 2012 Olympics, the city only has around 120,000 hotel rooms. Given these numbers, Olympics organizers are considering setting up floating hotels - "flotels" or "floatels" - on the River Thames for the duration of the three-week event. Organizers are considering inviting up to three cruise ships to dock about three miles from...

Not everybody wants a cruise ship in their back yard

Not everybody wants a cruise ship in their back yard Jun 28th, 2011 at 9:00AM: When cruise ships come to town it means big business for local merchants. Just ask Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, both on the blacklist of one cruise line or another. Either city would love to have cruise ships calling regularly but concern over the safety of passengers has some lines skipping the ports. Contrast that with Charleston, South Carolina where a group of local residents along...

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