Daily Archives: February 26, 2009

Costa Romantica Cruise Ship Evacuated After Fire

The Costa Romantica, an Italian cruise ship carrying about 1,400 passengers and 600 crew, is anchored off the cost of Uruguay after a fire in the generator room, MercoPress reports.

Nobody was injured, but the ship is having electrical problems.

The Spanish-language news site INFOBAE reports that plans are being made to evacuate the ship. The Web site of the Observa newspaper in Montevideo reports that it may take many more hours to repair the ship’s electrical system, and that the captain is working with the Uruguayan navy to arrange an evacuation.

The ship was sailing between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, and had not planned to stop in Uruguay, a factor that is delaying arrangements to evacuate the ship, Observa reports.

UPDATE: The ship was repaired enough to sail to Punta del Este in Uruguay, where the passengers disembarked. They will continue to Buenos Aires by land and by ferry. 

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Airfare Deals: $170 To Vegas, $464 To Honolulu And More

I just had a look at airfarewatchdog.com‘s list for bargain airfares from Bradley International and was knocked over by what I found. These are round trips:

* to Las Vegas, $145 base fare, totaling $170 with taxes and fees

* to several cities in California, $205, with taxes and fees totaling about $240

* to Honolulu, $425, with taxes and fees $464

* to Chicago, $109, with taxes and fees $139

* to Detroit, $114, with taxes and fees $156

Many of these fares are available through the middle of August. Some are available seven days a week.

They’re all great deals.