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 […]

We’ve Never Seen a Cruise Web Site Like This

The unprecedented project to remove the half-submerged, side-sleeping, 100 million-pound Costa Concordia will be documented on a just-launched micro-site. provides the most complete and compelling picture yet — via photo, video, 3D animations, words — of the process of floating the ship and tugging it away to be dismantled. Please share this post!

Art or Offensive? You Decide

Standing before Thomas Hirschhorn’s “Concordia, Concordia” exhibition, at the Gladstone Gallery in New York City, it’s easy to feel a little off-balance. The Swiss artist’s gargantuan spectacle, a roughly 25-foot-by-32-foot-by-52-foot recreation of Costa Concordia’s casino after the ship listed, is on display through Oct. 20. Concordia struck a rock off the coast of Giglio, a […]

Costa Concordia Crew Wins ‘Seafarer of the Year’ Award?

Lloyd’s List, the 250-plus-year-old maritime institution, has announced the winner of its 2012 Seafarer of the Year Award: Costa Concordia’s crew. Minus the captain, that is. Francesco Schettino, who has been roundly condemned for his well-publicized role in the January disaster, does not share in the prestigious award. He’s accused of causing a shipwreck, abandoning […]

Six Months After: Where Has Costa Concordia Taken Us?

This July day, which eerily enough is also Friday the 13th, marks six months — we hesitate to use the word anniversary, which typically is a more joyful occasion — since Costa Concordia capsized off Italy’s island of Giglio. If anyone really thought that the tragedy would have receded in our minds after a half […]

Concordia Captain, Released From House Arrest, Speaks Out

Yesterday’s news, that Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino was being released from several months confinement to his Sorrento home after the capsizing of a cruise ship that resulted in 32 dead, was shocking enough. As we reported, Schettino “has been released from house arrest by Italian judges. Though he may now leave his house, he […]

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