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Costa Concordia’s Black Box Broke for ‘Umpteenth’ Time Before Crash

Costa Concordia’s Black Box Broke for ‘Umpteenth’ Time Before Crash

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(ROME) — Four days before the Costa Concordia cruise ship sank off Italy’s west coast, killing 32 people, emails from the liner’s technical director reveal that the vessel had a faulty black box data recorder, according to new …

Costa Concordia Salvage Plan Is Largest in History

Costa Concordia Salvage Plan Is Largest in History

ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — Work to remove the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship from the coast of Italy is set to start within days.The American Titan Salvage will lead the $300 million removal project by first building an underwater …

Minnesota Couple’s Bodies Identified from Costa Concordia Wreck

Minnesota Couple’s Bodies Identified from Costa Concordia Wreck

ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — An American couple was identified as two of the five bodies recovered from the Costa Concordia wreck on March 22.Three months after the ship ran aground on the island of Giglio shortly after leaving port, the bo…

Can Costa Cruise Lines Survive Two Calamities?

Can Costa Cruise Lines Survive Two Calamities?

Stringer/AFP/Getty Images(PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles) — Who says lightning can’t strike twice? It has jolted Costa Cruise Lines two times in the past six weeks. The first time was off the coast of Italy in January and then again this week in remote wat…

Mom of Allegra Crew Member Had Son on Concordia

Mom of Allegra Crew Member Had Son on Concordia

LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — A woman whose daughter worked on Costa Cruise Lines’ stricken Allegra also had a son survive the Costa Concordia wreck earlier this month. It’s all “an unlucky coincidence,” she said Tu…

Eight Bodies Recovered from Costa Concordia Cruise Ship

Eight Bodies Recovered from Costa Concordia Cruise Ship

STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — Teams searching the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner have found another eight bodies, more than a month after the ship capsized off the coast of Italy.Italian officials had previously put the number of those kill…

Italian Shipwreck: Cruise Liner May Remain for 10 Months

Italian Shipwreck: Cruise Liner May Remain for 10 Months

STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — The Costa Concordia cruise ship that partially capsized off the Tuscan coast earlier this month may not be removed until the end of 2012. This news comes as rough water again hampered the latest recovery oper…

Cruise Ship Wreck: Woman’s Body Found, Death Toll Rises to 17

Cruise Ship Wreck: Woman’s Body Found, Death Toll Rises to 17

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — The body of a woman was recovered Saturday from the half-submerged cruise ship that ran aground on Jan. 13, bringing the death toll to 17, according to the Italian civil protection agency.The woman is believed…

Owner of Italian Cruise Ship Offers Passengers Compensation

Owner of Italian Cruise Ship Offers Passengers Compensation

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — The company that owns the Italian cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy earlier this month announced on Friday that it is offering passengers 11,000 euros — roughly $14,500 — in compensation fo…

Search for Bodies in Italian Cruise Ship Done by Touch

Search for Bodies in Italian Cruise Ship Done by Touch

ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — Divers scouring the toppled Italian cruise ship are working in darkness so complete that they search for bodies by touch.The description of the laborious search came from Sara and John Heil, who are at …

Search for Bodies in Italian Cruise Ship Done by Touch

Search for Bodies in Italian Cruise Ship Done by Touch

ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — Divers scouring the toppled Italian cruise ship are working in darkness so complete that they search for bodies by touch.The description of the laborious search came from Sara and John Heil, who are at …

Still Missing: Man’s Desperate Search for Brother on Costa Concordia

Still Missing: Man’s Desperate Search for Brother on Costa Concordia

Courtesy Kevin Rebello(GIGLIO, Italy) — It’s not just passengers who are still missing from the Costa Concordia disaster.Kevin Rebello is desperately looking for information on his brother, Russel Rebello, 33, a waiter on the ship from India who…

Wife of Italian Cruise Captain Calls Treatment of Husband ‘Shameful’

Wife of Italian Cruise Captain Calls Treatment of Husband ‘Shameful’

ENZO RUSSO/AFP/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — The wife of the captain accused of abandoning the capsized Costa Concordia cruise liner off the Tuscan island of Giglio says that her husband is not the “monster” that has been portrayed in the media and th…

New York Lawyer Busts Cruise Ship Death Claim Fraud

New York Lawyer Busts Cruise Ship Death Claim Fraud

STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — A trio of alleged scammers has been caught allegedly faking a death on the cruise ship liner Costa Concordia in the first sign that con artists are targeting the crippled ship. The scam was detected by New Yo…

Italian Cruise Ship Captain Claims He Was Told to Sail Close to Island

Italian Cruise Ship Captain Claims He Was Told to Sail Close to Island

ENZO RUSSO/AFP/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — An Italian newspaper is reporting that the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia, which ran aground off northern Italy on Jan. 13, is claiming that he was under orders to steer the luxury cruise liner ne…

Cruise Ship Wreck: New Audio Recordings Surface

Cruise Ship Wreck: New Audio Recordings Surface

ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images(PORTO SANTO STEFANO, Italy) — New audio recordings recovered from an Italian cruise liner could shed more light into happened after it hit the rocks near the Tuscan coast and when the captain left as divers continue to …

Woman’s Body Found in Italian Cruise Ship, 20 Still Missing

Woman’s Body Found in Italian Cruise Ship, 20 Still Missing

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — Divers in Italy found the body of a woman on Saturday in the wreckage of cruise liner that hit the rocks near the Tuscan coast last week. The discovery brings the total death toll from the Costa Concordia trag…

Cruise Ship Investigators Want to Question Mystery Woman

Cruise Ship Investigators Want to Question Mystery Woman

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — Italian prosecutors want to question a young Moldovan woman who was with the captain of the doomed luxury liner Costa Concordia during crucial moments of the disaster that killed at least 11 and left 21 missin…

Cruise Ship Safety: 20 Tips for Safety On and Off the Seas

Cruise Ship Safety: 20 Tips for Safety On and Off the Seas

VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – If the Costa Concordia disaster may have you rethinking your next cruise vacation, feeling prepared may help ease your jitters. Check out these cruise ship and travel safety tips from online cruise guid…

Italian Cruise Ship Wreck: Search Operations Resume

Italian Cruise Ship Wreck: Search Operations Resume

ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) — Divers will be back in the water off the coast of Tuscany Thursday morning, resuming their search of the partially capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia, an Italian Coast Guard spokesman confirmed to ABC…

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