October 4, 2013 |
Maridean's daughter and son-in-law were booked on a Caribbean cruise. Things didn't work out so well. The couple was at San Francisco International Airport in June, awaiting their flight to the Caribbean, when Asiana Flight 214 crashed on the runway. Flights into and out of the airport were immediately canceled. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions As a result of circumstances beyond their control, they missed their cruise but had to swallow the cost. Maridean asks: Would travel insurance have protected them in this situation?
September 25, 2013 |
Roger Daltrey of the Who and the Moody Blues will share the bill in April not at a concert but on a Caribbean cruise aboard the MSC Divina. The British rockers will take to the seas along with members of others 1960s and 1970s bands booked for the five-night cruise that begins in Miami. The theme of the cruise will be the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, which is the last time Daltrey and the Moody Blues played at the same show. The Zombies, Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, the Orchestra starring ELO, Starship, Little River Band and others join the lineup too. It's the second time the Moody Blues have scheduled a cruise for fans.
September 24, 2013 |
While crews work to salvage the wrecked Costa Concordia ship off the coast of Italy, the ship's parent company is struggling to sail clear of stormy conditions. Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise company, Tuesday reported third-quarter profit of $934 million, or $1.20 a share, compared with $1.3 billion, or $1.71, in the same period last year. Carnival also reported that bookings for the remainder of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 are behind the same periods in previous years, with prices about the same.
September 16, 2013 |
Connoisseurs of craft beers can lift a glass with the experts on a West Coast cruise during the “California Beer Festival at Sea” aboard the Celebrity Century. Guests will learn about industry trends and how to make their own beer at a roundtable with Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma, Calif., and Ninkasi Brewing Co. of Eugene. Ore. “It's like Brewing 101,” said Vincenzo Giammanco, president of the California Beer Festival, the program's organizer. Other events include a four-course luncheon paired with beers and a festive “Craft Beer Heaven” with live music, food and small-batch suds.
September 16, 2013 |
GIGLIO, Italy - Twenty months after it capsized off the Italian coast in a disaster that killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship emerged from the Mediterranean on Monday thanks to a painstaking $800-million salvage effort. Fifty-six giant pulleys slowly heaved the half-submerged vessel back to an upright position in a 19-hour operation that went into the early hours of Tuesday, revealing a section of hull darkened by rust and algae during months underwater. "The rotation has finished its course, we are at zero degrees, the ship is resting on the platforms," said Italy's civil protection chief, Franco Gabrielli, at a 4 a.m. news conference on Giglio island, where he was applauded and cheered by residents.
September 11, 2013 |
Fifty years ago this week, Porsche unknowingly changed the face of sports cars by introducing the 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now 820,000 copies later, the icon is still going strong. To track the evolution of the 911, we grabbed an early 1967 model and a 2013 Carrera 4S Cabriolet and tested each. PHOTOS: Porsche's 911 through the years We also brought our cameras along for our day in the early model, which we drove on some winding roads outside Carmel, Calif. Here's a video from that drive.
September 10, 2013 |
The 1,350-passenger cruise ship Veendam will return to Mazatlan, Mexico, in November, the first major cruise ship in the last two years to stop at the Pacific Coast port. And others will follow. Mariachis will play, the governor will speak and a grand fiesta will take place as passengers disembark from the Veendam, a Holland-America Line vessel. In 2010-11 industry giants Carnival Cruise Lines , Princess Cruises , Norweigian Cruise Line , Disney Cruise Line and Holland-America stopped calling at the port.
September 9, 2013 |
Rochelle had a really bad trip aboard a cruise ship, so what she should be asking about is travel insurance. But her question concerns customer service. Specifically, why is it sometimes so bad? Rochelle broke her back while on a cruise. Needless to say, the trip was ruined. Now that she's better, she'd like to give cruising another try. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Rochelle contacted the cruise line. She said she knew her accident wasn't the company's fault.
September 5, 2013 |
Quarterback Chase Forrest had three touchdown passes to help Santa Ana Mater Dei improve to 2-0 with a 56-7 victory over St. Paul on Thursday night. Kyle Penniston, Matthew Rockett and Ben Humphreys caught TD passes from Forrest, who also directed the Monarchs to a victory last week against Upland. Sophomore Brandon LaMarche contributed two TDs. Next up for Mater Dei is a road game against Carson next Friday. Redlands East Valley crushed Summit, 50-0. Quarterback Mark Neilssien passed for three touchdowns and ran for another.
September 5, 2013 |
The world's largest cruise ship company has agreed to use air pollution control equipment to clean exhaust from the giant diesel engines that power its vessels. Carnival Corp. will install scrubbers to cut sulfur oxide emissions and filters to capture soot from 32 cruise ships over the next three years under a tentative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard, the EPA and Carnival announced Thursday. Instead of using cleaner, but more expensive, low-sulfur fuel to cut emissions, some of Carnival's ships will be outfitted with pollution-trapping technology used for years in power plants, factories and vehicles.