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. TheParbucklingProject.com 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.

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 [...]

4 Months After the Concordia Tragedy, a New Costa Ship Debuts

Aboard the just-launched Costa Fascinosa, things can’t help but feel a little symbolic. An appropriately understated welcome — the christening lacked the aerial acrobats, lasers and celebrities Costa is known for — has given way to cruising as usual, exactly what a line coming out of a period of mourning is looking for. The mood [...]

After Concordia: The Priest and the Little White Lie

We’ve all done it. Maybe you slip away for a weekend without alerting your family. Maybe you feign feeling poorly to add an extra day onto a vacation. Maybe you take a week-long cruise, and tell the members of your congregation you’re off on a spiritual retreat. Ok, not too many of us have done [...]

After Concordia: Master Mariner Details Sunken Cruise Ship’s Last Moments

With Concordia’s voyage data recorder (VDR) — the so-called “black box” that could reveal how the disaster unfolded — in the hands of Italian investigators, one experienced mariner has sought to explain what he thinks happened. Capt. John Konrad, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed master mariner of unlimited tonnage and editor in chief of maritime [...]

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