Cruise Ships

The Takeaway

Cruise Ship Docks May Be Good for Business, but Some Charleston Residents Want Them Gone

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Imagine yourself reclined on a cruise ship, sipping piña coladas, and leisurely moving through the ocean to the next stop along your week-long journey. What could be more idyllic? Now, imagine the thick clouds of smoke, the swarms of tourists and all of the noise that cruise ships bring.


Transportation Nation

Cruise ships: A Luxury for the Rest of Us

Friday, January 25, 2013

Cruisers just off a ship reflect on why they decided on a cruise and whether it was worth the money. (Photo by Jolie Puidokas/Marketplace)

(Interview by Jeremy Hobson -- Marketplace) For many well-heeled Americans, the idea of a luxury vacation is a fancy hotel or an expensive flight to an exotic destination. And for the wealthiest among us, taking a break means private jets and pricey beach resorts. But for more than 10 million Americans annually, their luxury vacation means a berth on a cruise ship.

"The United States is still clearly the No. 1... market for cruisers in the world," Royal Caribbean president and CEO Adam Goldstein told Marketplace. "There are about 20 million people a year in the world taking a cruise right now and 11 or 12 [million] come from the United States."

Cruise ships weren't always so mainstream. In 1970, Goldstein said only 500,000 people took a cruise every year.

"It's definitely become more available, when I got into the business in 1988 we aspired to be a mainstream vacation," Goldstein said. "It's definitely become more accessible but what the last few years of challenges, economically, have posed to us is the need to really get across the value message of what is included in the cruise purchase."

According to industry research firm Cruise Market Watch, the ticket price for a typical cruise passenger is $1,311. When you combine onboard expenses and incidentals, the price tag rises to $1,711.

That's not inexpensive, but the the average American family will spend $4,000 on a vacation, including airfare, according to a 2010 American Express survey.

"First of all, we draw pretty broadly, obviously we offer upscale vacations," Goldstein said. "We are looking at household income of probably something like $75,000 and up generally speaking. The vast majority of our cruisers I would say would be middle and upper-middle class."

[Also from Marketplace: Fisher Island: America's most exclusive zip code.]


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Podcast: Dan Deacon Plays Live, Rock Shows at Sea, and Your Nightmare Cruise

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bespectacled Baltimore musician and composer Dan Deacon performs live music from his new album, America. Plus, we talk with Billboard editor Joe Levy about rock shows at sea - and our listeners chime in with their concert cruise nightmares. Get the full episode here, or on iTunes.


The Takeaway

Cruise Ship Costa Allegra Towed to the Seychelles

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Over 1,000 passengers and crew of the Costa Allegra will disembark in the Seychelles later today after being towed by a French fishing boat. A fire on Monday left the ship adrift in the Indian Ocean.

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at Italy's Costa Concordia Crash

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What exactly happened on board the Costa Concordia? How did a luxury cruise go so wrong? Expertise in the psychology of risk perception, the explanation for why our perception of and response to risk sometimes seems pretty irrational. We’re too afraid of some things, and not afraid enough of others, which sometimes leads to new risks all by itself.

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The Takeaway

Survivor Recalls the Costa Concordia Crash

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Last night rescuers hunted for survivors from the Costa Concordia cruise ship in a race against time. Eleven people have died and more than 20 are said to be missing after the ship crashed into rocks off Italy's west coast on Friday. Costa Cruises blames the captain of the ship for the crash claiming that he changed course, veering too close to the nearby island of Giglio. The captain is presently being detained on suspicion of manslaughter, but denies any wrongdoing. 



Classical Music Played on Stricken Italian Cruise Ship

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Costa Concordia luxury cruise liner, which ran aground off Italy’s Tuscan coast on Friday, was described by its owners as a floating "temple of fun" dedicated to entertainment and well-being.

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Transportation Nation

Plug It In! NYC Cruise Ships Getting Greener Energy

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 is one of the ships that calls at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. (Photo CC flickr user Jill Clardy)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Cruise ships that dock at New York's Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will get a little greener. New York will connect three berths for the massive vessels with plug-in power from the city's electrical grid, allowing the ships to shut off their diesel generators.

"By bringing the first cruise ship shore power operation on the East Coast to Red Hook [Brooklyn], we'll lower fossil fuel emissions and improve air quality for local residents," NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.

The City says, cruise ships typically berth for up to eleven hours while passengers load and unload. The Mayor's office estimates the shift from high-sulfur diesel to electric grid power for as many as three ships at a time could result in the elimination of 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

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Wading Into Unchartered Waters, City Launches First-Ever Green Port Initiative

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The city is launching a new green port initiative in Red Hook, Brooklyn, that will allow cruise ships to power up from the city's electrical grid when docked.



Luxury Ships Pass in the Night

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Over 100 people braved frigid temperatures on Thursday to witness several massive ships passing in the night, as the Queen Mary II, the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria all left port, passing the Statue of Liberty under a barrage of fireworks.

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