Cruise ships are full of crucial pieces of technology; Pepper the robot is not one of those. The humanoid, multilingual robot that will sail on two European brands is more of a marketing ploy than practical tool.
Transportation events that we never thought we'd see in our day -- from a cruise ship sinking to plane disappearing -- have now happened, hopefully making the industry more aware of the risks and more vigilant in avoiding them.
Getting between major port cities in Europe is as easy as getting between airports and train stations, making short breaks simple no matter the mode of transport.
It's interesting that social media has become such an important element of cruise lines' marketing efforts in China.
Carnival is big enough that change will be hard. But if it wants to stay big, it's going to need to change anyway.
With norovirus outbreaks hitting the cruise industry relatively hard in the beginning of 2014, Costa Cruises, still in recovery mode from the Costa Concordia crash, didn't need a suspected measles outbreak among crew on one of its ships. Neither did the passengers who, according to reports, have so far not come down with the virus.
Costa would like nothing more than for Schettino to continue saying crazy things so that the accident is about him, not the cruise line.
Not content with throwing cruisers overboard, the captain is now happy to throw his crew overboard with them.
Costa says the salvage effort pumped $355 million into the Italian economy, but the shipwrecked eyesore also hurt Giglio's unique landscape and tourism sector.