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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Costa Makes T + L Readers List

Cruise Critic took notice when the publication Travel + Leisure released its 2013 World’s Best Awards this week, an annual online survey of 17,000 magazine, e-device and website readers. For the first time, Costa Cruises — the same line that made headlines when its ship, Concordia, sank off the coast of Italy in January 2012, [...]

Post-Triumph Pricing, Like Cruising, Unlikely to Drop

Millions were watching two weeks ago as Carnival Triumph limped back to Mobile, Alabama, after an engine room fire left more than 4,000 passengers and crew stranded off the Gulf of Mexico for five days. Somewhere in those millions are cruisers undeterred from sailing again, even planning their next cruises as coverage played out, and, [...]

What do you remember about Costa Concordia?

It’s hard to believe that Sunday marks the first anniversary of the tragic capsizing of Costa Concordia, an event in which 32 people died and scores were injured. In the ensuing year, we have learned the ship’s captain might face manslaughter charges and Costa Concordia, which still lies on its side and is part of [...]

Cruisers Unchanged by But Not Unaware of Concordia

In a poll posted on our boards, we asked Cruise Critic readers if the Costa Concordia tragedy of January 2012 has changed the way they cruise. The majority of responders– 69 percent– agreed Concordia has not changed the way they cruise, and many who left comments echoed this response. “I have always been aware that a [...]

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