At the anniversary of the Concordia disaster, Ned Levi examine safety improvements made by the cruise industry to ensure cruise ship passengers and crew will be prepared in case of a serious accident, which will likely prevent panic and keep the calm among passengers and crew which will save lives in case of an accident.
“Champagne?” the tuxedoed waiter asks, “Yes, that would wonderful,” I reply. I have just boarded the brand-new Silver Spirit in Monte Carlo for its first sailing with passengers. The moment is surreal and a far cry from my previous voyage a few months earlier during Silver Spirit’s sea trials when the vessel was still under construction and where instead of champagne I shared breakfast pizza and espressos with the shipyard workers onboard.
It’s early September as I arrive at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard in Trieste, Italy. Dawn is breaking and the winds are howling down from the mountains. Hundreds of yard workers, vendor specialists, technicians, and Silversea Cruises employees are gathered on the pier to board the Silver Spirit. There’s excitement in the air as Spirit is about to taken out for sea trials.
Cruising can be an exciting and very affordable vacation option. Of course, it’s important to find the right cruise at the right price for your getaway. With more than 160 ships in the fleets of the 24 major cruise lines offering thousands of itineraries worldwide the choices and options can be daunting. Here’s a primer on what to consider when picking out a cruise vacation.
What’s the latest amenity on cruise ships? No, it’s not Asian spa treatments and it’s not Wi-Fi. It’s iPods. A growing number of cruise lines are now loaning out iPods, fully stocked with music, and offering tours and shipboard information as podcasts. Find out how the pocket-sized digital music phenomenon is a big hit with cruise travelers.