Sophia sails into row about monster ship in Venice

The Independent
The monstrous vessel, which is 40m longer than the wrecked Costa Concordia, swept past St Mark’s Square, and no doubt blotted out the sun from some positions, while protesters, like specks on the shore, waved banners which read “No Big Ships”.  Environmentalists are urging Italian screen legend Sophia Loren to ditch her endorsement of the latest giant cruise liner to sully the views and pollute the air of Venice. The 140000-tonne MSC Divina was christened by the actress last month in France.

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For diver, Concordia should be sunk, not saved

The Costa Concordia, the wrecked liner which has been half-submerged near the Italian island of Giglio since it hit a rock in January, could be a paradise for recreational scuba divers from around the world – if sunk instead of salvaged.”Every night I light a candle and say a prayer for it to sink,” Aldo Baffigi, a Giglio native, says of the 290-metre-long ship with its towering smokestack and four swimming pools.

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A Cruise Industry Without Agents? No Way, Execs Say

Travel Market Report
Cruise lines don’t just want to have a relationship with the travel agency community – they need the relationship. There are solid business reasons cruise lines depend heavily on agents, a panel of cruise line executives told some 1,200 agents at CLIA’s recent cruise3sixty conference in Fort Lauderdale last week.
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What lessons learned from Titanic?

Hamilton Spectator
A century later, 32 were killed when a luxury cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, was shipwrecked off the Tuscan coast in January. The number of victims in the 2012 incident pales in comparison, but it was a wakeup call for many who believed large-scale

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Brave Travelers Wanted: Your Cruise Ship Awaits

 Travel Agent
The grounding of Costa Concordia , a fire on Costa Allegra not long after and thoughts of the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic are all valid concerns. Wondering what the experience might be like, we bought a ticket for a ride  

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Costa Concordia wreck will not ruin area for holiday-goers

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
(AGI) L’Aquila- “So far, everything is going well”, stated Civil Protection chief Franco Gabrielli after a meeting on the quake. “We are on schedule, and should soon know which company or group of companies will deal with removing the ship.

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Cruise industry leaders look past Concordia deaths

Mainichi Daily News
MIAMI (AP) — Cruise industry leaders gathered Tuesday for their first annual convention since the Costa Concordia disaster, emphasizing their commitment to safety and expressing confidence that business will return. The Concordia accident, in which 32 people died when the ship ran aground off the coast of Italy in January, cast a long shadow over this year’s Cruise Shipping Miami conference, attended by thousands from the cruise and travel industries in more than 100 countries.

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Europeans still think cruises are safe despite Costa Concordia tragedy: poll
The Costa Concordia cruise ship lies on January 15, 2012 in the harbour of the Tuscan island of Giglio after it ran aground and keeled over after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. ROME – Most Europeans still think cruises are safe despite the Costa Concordia shipwreck tragedy on January 13 that claimed 32 lives, according to a poll by cruise ship operator MSC published on Tuesday. The poll by the Interactive Institute of 2,524 people in France, Germany, Italy and Spain from February 3 to 14 found that 78.5 percent of respondents considered cruises a safe way to travel.

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