Live From….Giglio: Last Thoughts from Salvage of Costa Concordia Cruise Ship

As the journalists mill around looking for scraps of news from the increasingly detailed and technical Costa Concordia press conferences (there are only so many times you can write a story about sponsons), I decide to take a walk along the harbor front. I’m aware that this will likely be my last time at the […]

Live from….Giglio, Italy: Costa Concordia Raising and Salvage

I’m back in Giglio, Italy almost 10 months after the parbuckling operation which righted Costa Concordia to an upright position. The parbuckling took place over 24 hours and seemed painfully slow at the time. This refloat and eventual tow to the scrapyard in Genoa will take at least a week, but the pace today has […]

Cruise Critic Live! Refloating Costa Concordia

This Monday, July 14, operations will begin to refloat Costa Concordia – the most complex and expensive maritime recovery operation in history – and Cruise Critic will be there, reporting live. Cruise Critic’s U.K. Editor, Adam Coulter, will be on the island of Giglio throughout the refloat – posting news stories, tweeting live, taking pictures and answering your questions […]

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, […]

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