Costa Concordia Accident, 365 Days Later

It’s been one year since Costa Concordia sunk off the Tuscan Coast (hear our broadcast recounting the events with a passenger), claiming 32 lives and teaching the cruise lines some stern lessons. Though 4,229 passengers escaped the half-sunken ship, this case is far from closed. So fast forward 365 days, where do we stand? The […]

Cruise Industry Adopts New Lifeboat Policy

Effective immediately, a new lifeboat policy has been adopted for the cruise industry, an outcome of the Cruise Industry Operational Review. The operational review is a panel launched after the Costa Concordia incident earlier this year to evaluate and cross-check all cruise line safety policies. Under this new policy cruise lines must fill their lifeboats […]

Survey Says — No Sign of Cruise Industry Downturn

A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive shows that the American population still plans to cruise in spite of the events that led to the sinking of Costa Concordia this past January. “Among those travelers that have cruised in the past or plan to in the future, two-thirds (65%) shared that they are no more […]

Costa Ship Pilots Cruise Waste-Management Project

The Sustainable Cruise waste-management project co-funded by the European Commission through the LIFE+ Program, the European Union’s funding instrument for environmental projects, is under way aboard the 114,500-ton Costa Pacifica. With the 3,780-guest Costa Pacifica serving as the first pilot, this project will focus on reducing three main categories of waste: Cardboard boxes, glass bottles, […]

Costa Cruises Posts Best Sales Day of 2012

Costa Cruises North America reported that Monday, July 16, was the best single day of bookings of the entire year. June bookings were also great, with a 32 percent increase over last year. “Our recovery is well under way, and we are ahead of where we expected to be at this point in 2012,” said […]

Popular shipbuilder to construct elements to float Costa Concordia

Popular Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri was awarded the contract to build thirty caissons (steel boxes) that will be used to float Costa Concordia in the next few months. The 30 steel caissons will be built at three different shipyards and will have a combined weight of 11,500-tons. Once the ship has been stabilized, caissons will be […]

Episode: Maritime Safety 2012 + Post-Costa Concordia

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”Maritime Safety” artist=”Cruise Radio” ]This week we talk to Joe Farrell, owner of Resolve Marine Group, a new $6.5-million maritime training facility that cruise lines are using, Vicky Garcia joins us again with trends post-Costa Concordia and if we are seeing a ripple effect and Bud Darr, VP with Cruise Line International Association […]

Construction Starts on New Passenger Terminal at Savona, Italy

Today marked the official start of construction to double the capacity of the Savona Palacrociere with a second passenger terminal at Savona, Italy. The design was approved and June 1 the Savona Port Authority granted Costa Cruises a concession on the site where it will build the new facility with an investment of approximately $11.2 […]

CLIA Announces New Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs

The Cruise Line International Association today announces Bud Darr will assume the role of Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs. “Bud is a maritime and cruise industry expert who has provided tremendous value to CLIA members, and we look forward to working with him on many of the critical issues that will shape our […]

Episode: Review of HAL ms Veendam 2012 + Cruise News

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”HAL Veendam Review” artist=”Cruise Radio” ]Scott is down in South Florida with Kevin Sheehan,CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, we’ll touch base with him about the upcoming Norwegian Breakaway. Marcy Bucy reviews Holland America’s recent sailing out of NYC aboard ms Veendam. Stewart Chiron the Cruise Guy stops by with this week’s Cruise News: […]