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Two Years Later, the Sunken Costa Concordia Ship Is Making Its Final Trip

More than two and a half years after the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Italy, the wrecked vessel has started its trip from Giglio Island to Genoa to be dismantled. In January 2012, the ship sank with more than 4,200 passengers aboard, and 32 people died in the disaster. …

Protests in Venice over cruise ships

Residents of the Venice have staged protests over what they call “the invasion of cruise ships”, which they claim is turning St. Marks Basin into a motorway.<p>An expected 13 large vessels are set to arrive this weekend.<p>With the Costa Concordia accident that killed 32 fresh in the minds of Italians, …

Photo tour: The allure of a Norwegian Cruise Line ship

There's been a lot of buzz this year about Norwegian Cruise Line's latest ship, the 4,028-passenger Norwegian Breakaway. But is it right for you? And what about Norwegian's other vessels?<p>Now you can see for yourself right here at USA TODAY's Cruise Hub.<p>Over the past three years we've built one of …

Work begins in France on world’s largest cruise liner

Work begins this week in France on what is set to be the world's biggest cruise ship, some 360 metres long and 28 floors high, by the same company that built the iconic RMS Queen Mary II.<p>The world’s biggest cruise liner goes into construction on the west coast of France next year, but not before …

Costa Concordia captain blames helmsman for cruise ship disaster

Francesco Schettino, the man who captained the Costa Concordia on the night it crashed into rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, pointed the finger at his helmsman in court on Monday, arguing the disaster would not have happened if the crew member had been quicker to carry out his orders.<p>Speaking …

Paper or plastic money: Australia shows the world how it's done

It will come as little surprise to Australians that Britain may follow our lead when it comes to banknotes, and is considering switching from cotton paper to plastic polymer.<p>One of the first things you notice when you travel outside Australia is how drab everyone else’s money is. Greys, blues and …