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Carnival sounds profits alarm as it cuts prices to recover from Concordia tragedy

Shares in cruise ship giant Carnival were hit today as moves to cut prices following a succession of PR catastrophes triggered a profit warning.

Major air and sea search operation under way after couple fall overboard off Australia

Despite couple being missing for more than 24 hours police say there is still hope the couple may be alive

Afloat: companies are offering price promises

Cruise Report: P&O and Cunard push the boat out for early bookers

The brochures for 2014 from the major cruise lines are out. With them comes the usual dilemma of whether to book now or wait for a bargain – but this time with added twists.

Tom Cruise stars in next year's All You Need Is Kill

Ground control to Major Tom... When did Tom Cruise last play a ‘normal’?

Gillian Orr reports on the star’s odd choice of movie roles

The ‘Celebrity Eclipse’ cruise liner

10 Britons on Caribbean cruise robbed at gunpoint in St Lucia

Some 55 passengers were held up by three gunmen on a bus in town of Soufrière

2012 disaster off Tuscany that killed 32 people

Italy court considers possible charges in Costa Concordia disaster after deaths of 32 passengers

Prosecutors want captain to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship

Italy court considers possible charges in Costa Concordia disaster after deaths of 32 passengers

Prosecutors want captain to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship

The Costa Concordia, once towed to Sicily, will be cut into pieces and sold for scrap

€1m cap on Costa Concordia fine: 'It hardly seems a lot given the magnitude of the disaster'

Costa Cruises, the company whose Concordia cruise liner capsized in January last year with the loss of 32 lives, has made a deal with an Italian court that will limit its criminal liability for a fine of just €1 million.

Tom Cruise promotes his new film Oblivion

Hollywood star Tom Cruise discovers Irish heritage as he visits Dublin

Actor Tom Cruise has said proof of his Irish roots is a great honour for him and his family.

Get me out of here: Morocco, Croatian cruise, Barbados

Now... On 14 April, you could be embarking on an eight-day tour of Morocco. The Exodus group trip visits Fez, Casablanca, Marrakech and Essaouira. The £799 price includes Royal Air Maroc flights from Heathrow, hotels, transport and most meals. Exodus.co.uk

The sea is too loud, and where's Gary Barlow? Bizarre cruise ship complaints revealed

Bizarre complaints revealed by online cruise travel agency

The burning boat in Broadchurch has forced Viking River Cruises to pull out of sponsorship for now

River cruise firm pulls ITV Broadchurch sponsorship over burning boat scene

It was a twist which left viewers of the ITV murder mystery drama Broadchurch baffled.

The passengers set out from Tyneside's ferry port at North Shields on Friday afternoon on a £48-a-head break to the Netherlands. 

British tourists left feeling queasy after mini-cruise to Amsterdam sees them spend just SIX MINUTES in Dutch capital after 30-hour ferry journey from hell

Bad weather and rough seas meant their overnight ferry arrived 13 hours late at its destination.

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