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 [...]

When Cruise Cancellations Happen….Are You Covered?

With three cruise lines canceling cruises recently – Norwegian, Celebrity and Princess all scuttled sailings in late August, the latter two leaving passengers dockside – the murky issue of travel insurance, particularly what it does and does not cover, has caught fire on the Cruise Critic forums. Celebrity Millennium, grounded in Ketchikan with a pooped-out [...]

A Closer Look: Carnival Entertainment 2.0

The infectious enthusiasm of Carnival’s Playlist Productions shows reached its apex when the samba dancer, wildly gyrating to Gloria Estefan’s “Conga” kicked streams of water off her platform on to the group of us seated in the front row. The staff on Glory had prepared us for the outpour, encouraging us to don plastic ponchos [...]

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