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September 16, 2013: Sunrise on the day the cruise ship Costa Concordia is scheduled to be drawn upright in a process known as "parbuckling." The parbuckling operation will take between 10 and 12 hours as the ship is rotated upright from a 65-degree angle.--Photo by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor
The Caribbean's newest port of call, Amber Cove raises the bar for cruise line private islands. The Carnival Corp.-owned village, which welcomes lines including Carnival, Princess and Holland America, offers a combination of fun, history and culture on the Dominican Republic's northern coast. (Most
Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Friday, January 13. The accident occurred some 3.5 hours after the ship departed Civitavecchia, the main cruise port for Rome. The ship capsized early Saturday morning. (Pic: January 14)--Image
On the first day of a multiphase operation to refloat the 110,000-ton Costa Concordia, the ship was raised by almost 4 meters at the bow -- lifting Deck 6 from under the sea -- and 2 meters at the stern. The bow was also towed some 30 meters out to sea, and the stern 20 meters.
In addition to kids clubs that offer daytime and evening programming to keep kids, tweens and teens occupied, all major cruise lines offer babysitting as well. Yet parents can easily become confused since the services vary widely by cruise line. Not all ships offer babysitting for kids under 3 or in-room care, and daytime, nighttime and mealtime hours range widely. Need to find out if you'll be able to get a babysitter for your 1 year old? Want to ensure you can go out dancing at night without worrying about who's going to watch your kids? Cruise Critic has gathered everything you need to know about cruise ship babysitting.
Solos hoping to avoid the dreaded single supplement should know that select cruise ships have cabins designed and priced specifically as single-occupancy rooms. Called solo cabins or studios, these are usually small staterooms with most of the same standard amenities (including private bathrooms) as regular cabins, and can be inside, ocean-view and, on a few rare ships, balcony category rooms. For solo cruisers looking for ships with cabins created specifically for them, here is a list of cruise ships with solo cabins, organized by cruise line.
Cruise line cancellation policies are complex and inconsistent industrywide, and not always forgiving to travelers who need to abandon their vacation plans at the last minute. To help you out, Cruise Critic has taken a close look at the cancellation policies and penalties for 18 of the world's top cruise lines. As you peruse them, it's wise to keep the following in mind.
Special: The Costa Concordia Disaster, 1 Year Later It's been nearly one year since Costa Concordia struck a rock off the Italian island of Giglio and capsized, killing 32 people and prompting a slew of questions about cruise industry safety and who, exactly, is responsible. Between house
Cruising with tweens -- those pre-adults who occupy the space between little kid and full-fledged teenagers -- can be tricky. Mostly in junior high or middle school, this age group is caught in the middle, too old for the structure, games and gadgets of the kids spaces -- which they (understandably) turn their nose up at -- and yet, too young for the teen talk and some activities found in teen clubs. On lines that lack a dedicated space for 12- to 14-year-olds, they're often on their own to find peers. Sometimes they find friends on a basketball court, or a rock climbing wall, but it can also result in too much time (and money) spent in arcades, or hanging out with parents more than they, or their parents, might like. A few cruise lines have met the challenge with activities tailored to tweens and amenities that range from dedicated clubs to spa treatments and private island adventures. Here are four cruise lines that tweens (and the parents who love them) can enjoy. Better still: Each offers family-friendly staterooms that can accommodate growing kids who are almost the size of adults.