Two Years Later: Remembering Costa Concordia

Tonight at 9.45 p.m. CET (3:45 p.m. EST) the residents of Giglio will hold a service to mark the second anniversary of the sinking of Costa Concordia. They’ll gather at the harborfront or on the nearby beach in view of the ship; or visit San Pietro church and light candles to remember the 32 people [...]

Video: Queen Mary 2 Celebrates 10 Years

Queen Mary 2 celebrates 10 years of service this year and to commemorate that fact, Cunard has put together a short ‘infographic’ video packed full of fascinating facts about the iconic liner. QM2′s carried more than 1.3 million passengers, as well as more than 2,000 dogs (QM2 is the only ship that offers a kennel [...]

Q & A: Top Cruising Tips from Author Gary Bembridge

/> Gary Bembridge is the author of the recently published Cruise Traveler’s Handbook – the essential guide for any novice cruiser. He also has a website Tips for Travellers, where he offers tips and advice on all aspects of travel, including cruising. Our U.K. Editor Adam Coulter caught up with Gary to quiz him about his top tips for [...]

Costa Diadema: A New Start

< The last time I saw a Costa cruise ship, it was lying on its side off an island. I am of course referring to Costa Concordia, which I had the privilege of watching being ‘parbuckled’ (hoisted upright) back in September. So when the invitation came through to watch the ‘float-out’ (or in trade parlance ‘technical [...]

(Photos) Hebridean Princess: A Step Back in Time

We were lucky enough to be invited onboard Hebridean Princess Monday. The almost-50-year-old ship (it celebrates its birthday in March) is most famous for being chartered by HM The Queen — twice.  But the ship is unique for many other reasons, including its original fittings and a throwback to a simpler time. Here are some [...]

Q&A with QM2 designer: Your chance to quiz Stephen Payne

We are excited and honored that one of the world’s foremost naval engineers – Stephen Payne, OBE (Order of the British Empire)– will be joining us for a Q&A session on the Cruise Critic Forums. Mr. Payne, amongst many other achievements, is the designer of the world’s only transatlantic liner, Cunard Line‘s Queen Mary 2.

Concordia Part 2: View from Giglio Island

In his second and concluding post from Giglio Island, where Cruise Critic’s UK editor Adam Coulter was watching the raising of the Costa Concordia, he describes what it was like when the ship was finally pulled upright. Yesterday I was woken at 4:11 a.m. by the sound of a ship’s horn. My first thought was: [...]

Eyes of the World Again on Giglio as Concordia Project Begins

U.K. Editor Adam Coulter is on the tiny Italian island of Giglio, where Costa Concordia sits partially submerged. Today, an operation, called “parbuckling” is underway to right the ship, a major step toward ultimately removing it. Adam is reporting live on the operation. We only got confirmation that the Parbuckling Project was taking place three [...]

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