Cruise industry rebounding from ship accident, woes in Europe

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Industry leaders and analysts say the $37-billion industry is slowly rebounding from the crash of the Costa Concordia on rocks near the Tuscan island of Giglio in January and Europe’s economic woes. With the peak cruise booking period set to begin in January, industry executives say cruise trip reservations seem to be on the rise. A survey of 300 travel agents in North America in July found that 64% expected bookings in 2012 to surpass last year’s numbers.

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Costa Concordia Wreck Could become Botanical Garden Island The wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which still lies half-submerged off the coast of Italy’s Isola del Giglio, could be turned into a botanical garden island.A competition for ideas on how best to integrate the 300 metre-long wreck into the island’s landscape has been launched by architecture think-tank ICSplat.

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Costa Concordia is turned into a macabre tourist attraction

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 all summer, drawn by the submerged ship. The Costa Concordia ran into a reef and capsized off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio on Friday January 13 after Captain Francesco Schettino made an unauthorised diversion from his programmed route.

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Costa Concordia wreck attracts day trippers
Costa Concordia wreck attracts day trippers. The site of the Costa Concordia tragedy – which earlier this year claimed the lives of 32 people – has become a magnet for “disaster tourism”. Costa Concordia wreck attracts day trippers. The vessel struck a…
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Costa Concordia wreck draws new wave of ‘disaster tourists’

This week’s news that the capsized Costa Concordia won’t be moved from its watery grave off Italy’s Tuscan coast as quickly as planned comes amid a boom in day-trippers eager to get a glimpse of the doomed cruise liner. The ship ran aground near Giglio Island last Jan. 13 with 4,000 people aboard; 32 were killed. Locals say hotel bookings and vacation rentals are down on Giglio, in part because of Italy’s economic crisis. But the picturesque island – so off-the-beaten-track that most guidebooks mention it in passing, if at all – is drawing a new breed of visitor.

Costa Concordia salvage may be delayed until spring

ROME – Officials say the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship will not be moved from its resting place off Italy’s Tuscan coast as quickly as planned. Giglio island Mayor Sergio Ortelli told reporters Monday that the timetable for removal of the liner, now lying on its side off the island’s port, has been pushed back.The Italian government office overseeing removal said in a statement that the Concordia should be set upright and able to float again by the end of spring 2013, ahead of Giglio’s next tourist season.
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Costa Concordia disaster spawns shipwreck tourism for Italian island (blog)
GIGLIO, Italy – Six months after it capsized off Italy’s Giglio island, the Costa Concordia still lies on its side – a monument to what prosecutors say was reckless navigation. The 122000-ton, 1000 foot long cruise liner, which hit a rock and partially sank on January 13, claiming the lives of 32 people including two Americans, has become part of Giglio’s skyline. For locals it has become an eyesore that stops them enjoying the view of the Tuscan shore. But for tourists it represents a perfect photo opportunity for their summer albums.

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