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All articles by Laura Cook

  1. Basking on the Riviera

    "The bigger the better; in everything," Freddie Mercury once noted, with typical rock-star hubris. He was referring to the size…
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    5 Mar
  2. Ambassadors of excellence

    One of the major issues to arise from the sinking of Costa Concordia in January 2012 was the response of…
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    4 Mar
  3. The boats that rock: music-themed cruises

    It’s January 2012 in the Gulf of Mexico and Rivers Cuomo, frontman of US angst-rockers Weezer, is in the library…
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    4 Mar
  4. Smart cookies: effective food and beverage operations

    Back in 2006, passengers and members of the press marvelled at the 4,375 maximum capacity of Freedom of the Seas….
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    4 Mar
  5. Strength in adversity: CLIA

    World Cruise Industry Review: In the short term, the Costa Concordia disaster does not appear to have had a major…
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    4 Mar
  6. Worst-case scenario: the Costa Concordia disaster

    On the night of 13 January 2012, Costa Concordia partially sank after hitting a reef off the coast of Tuscany,…
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    4 Mar
  7. Cruise Europe: Growth on reflection

    Although just three months in, 2012 might well be remembered as one of the most difficult periods in the history…
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    4 Mar
  8. A family construct: MSC Divina

    With the number of ships and passengers crossing the world’s seas steadily rising, it’s easy to forget that the cruise…
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    4 Mar
  9. Viking River Cruises: Norse invasion

    When the Vikings struck, their raids were defined by numbers, speed and the element of surprise. It is a tactic…
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    4 Mar
  10. Rest assured: safety at sea

    Since 11 September 2001, the issue of security across the travel industry has changed enormously, with new practices and procedures…
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    4 Mar
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