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February 17, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I'm planning to take my first cruise - a seven-day Alaska voyage. I'm an Auto Club member and am wondering whether there are advantages to booking the cruise through the Auto Club instead of directly through the cruise line. Skip Pedigo Huntington Beach Answer: If you're hoping for an unbiased answer, you'll not find it from me. I would rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick than book a cruise without a travel agent. Indeed, I have never booked a cruise, of the dozen or so I've taken, without an agent.
January 27, 2013 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether you're looking for a cruise or looking to find more enjoyment from your trip on the high seas, apps can help. Here are some favorites from experts on the cruise industry. All of the apps work with iOS devices (iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads), and several also have Android versions. Other operating systems are noted. Cruise planning Cruise Finder, by iCruise (iOS, Android): Helps cruisers find deals. The iPad version features interactive deck plans. Recent enhancements include listings for river cruise lines, cruise price alerts, online booking and itinerary maps.
January 27, 2013
Here's a list of many of the lines that carry passenger traffic, along with a list of their vessels. Ships that are to have maiden voyages this year also are listed; check with the cruise line, though, because dates can change. AIDA CRUISES Ships: Each name preceded by and blended with AIDA: aura, bella, blu, cara, diva, luna, mar, sol, stella (which is to make its debut in March), vita. Info: 011-49-381-20-270707, AMAWATERWAYS Ships: La Marguerite, Zambezi Queen.
January 27, 2013 | By Mary Forgione
More than a year after the Costa Concordia capsized off Italy, one big question still haunts survivor Michelle Barraclough: Why were no clear instructions given during the emergency? "The crew had no idea what to do," the Australian woman wrote on a blog posted soon after the wreck, "and the order to evacuate took [way] too long. " The ship trembled and lights went out some time after the vessel struck a rock about 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2012. Passengers said they were told the problem was electrical, according to news accounts.
November 8, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Higher attendance at its overseas theme parks and cruise lines as well as growth in the rates that cable and satellite companies pay to carry ESPN helped drive growth for Walt Disney Co. last quarter. The Burbank media giant's revenue increased 3% to $10.8 billion in the three-month period ended Sept. 29, its fiscal fourth quarter, while net income increased 11% to $2.3 billion. The company behind Mickey Mouse, “Toy Story” and “The Avengers” managed that increase despite revenue declines in its movie and interactive businesses.
June 24, 2012 | By Jen Leo
Let an automated Twitter concierge email you travel deals for your favorite destinations and brands. Name: What it does: Saves you time searching Twitter for travel deals that you might otherwise miss. Get airline, hotel and resort, cruise line and car rental deals sent straight to your inbox. Choose which destinations you want to see deals for, or search for travel brands you favor, such as Hawaiian Airlines, Kimpton hotels and specialty cruise providers such as Lindblad Expeditions.
June 12, 2012 | By Meg James
It was a theatrical entrance even for the Tony Awards. Actor Harvey Fierstein -- wearing a tuxedo jacket, a blue plastic inflatable inner-tube hugging his stomach, pink swim trunks, and hoisting a cocktail glass sporting a tiny umbrella - waddled on stage two hours into the awards ceremony telecast Sunday on CBS. But rather than revealing who would win the next category, Fierstein instead introduced a commercial segment that promotedRoyal Caribbean...
April 20, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Princess Cruises says it will continue to investigate why the Star Princess cruise ship in March passed up a fishing boat in distress, leaving two Panamanian men in the boat to die. The cruise line also said it “deeply regrets” the incident off the South American coast that it blames on a communication glitch. Passengers aboard the cruise ship spotted the small boat and alerted crew members, but the message never got to the ship's captain and no action was taken, the cruise line said.
March 4, 2012
Now that cruising is undergoing great post-Concordia scrutiny, this new website shines like a beacon. Name: What it does: Gives the independent traveler more power to book a cruise online. If you like what Hipmunk has done for flight search, you will love what CruiseWise will do for cruises. What's hot: It's all about the visual map. Select your destination, departure port and dates, then watch as your search results appear on a map on your screen.
February 22, 2012 | By Sarah Delaney, Los Angeles Times
Divers searching the abandoned, half-sunken hull of the Costa Concordia cruise liner Wednesday found eight bodies in an unexplored and difficult- to-reach area of the ship, authorities said. One of the victims found was 5-year-old Dayana Arlotti, whose story of a dream trip with her father turned cruel nightmare moved Italians in the days after the Jan. 13 shipwreck. In other developments Wednesday, prosecutors in the Tuscan coastal town of Grosseto added four ship's officers and three employees of cruise ship company Costa Crociere to the list of people under investigation, joining the captain and the first mate, news reports said.
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