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Tuesday Newsday- Second Costa Cruise Disaster

The second Costa Cruise ship to have stopped functioning within the past month was last night awaiting rescue as a fire in the generators caused all electricity to cut out and the ship’s engine’s to cease function.

The Costa Allegra, which left Mauritius and was headed for Seychelles, lost all power after a fire in one of the generators. Although all 636 passengers and 413 crew were reported to be in good health, the ship was still in danger, as it was drifting about 200 miles from Seychelles’ port in an area where Somalian pirates operate.

The first rescue vessel was not expected to reach the vessel until about 11pm last night, but Cosimo Nacastro, the Italian Coastguard commander, was assured by the ship’s captain that the fire danger was over and everyone was well. Fortunately the ship’s communication was still in order due to a second emergency generator.

The Costa Allegra, a ship owned by Costa Cruises, is the second cruise ship PR catastrophe for this company still sore from  the wounds of last month, when the Costa Concordia ran aground killing 32 people and injuring many more. The company has many legal bills following the Costa Concordia tragedy and the ship’s captain, Francesco Shettino is under investigation for manslaughter for being “culpably unaware” of the situation.

Northern city lights in Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne is the sixteenth most populous city in the UK. Newcastle has a rich heritage, fusing old with new, foreign and domestic, offering visitors all they could ask for. The city is usually full of visitors from the around the UK who come to enjoy the great atmosphere and the famous friendly charm of the locals.

Popular things to see and do: Like many cities throughout Europe, Newcastle has a number of small medieval streets which can be very difficult to navigate in a car, for this reason, it is best to explore the city on foot, and explore you must! The architecture is incredibly eclectic ranging from said medieval structure to the famous Tyneside Classical style developed in large part by John Dobson and Richard Grainger in the mid nineteenth century. Don’t forget to stop in on one of the city’s many museums like Discovery Museum, or the Great North Museum.

Culture, Music and Events: Newcastle has a wonderful tradition of theatre, rivalling that of London’s West End. The Theatre Royal is known for hosting the Royal Shakespeare Company and various touring musicals, just to name a few.

Eating out:Tourists are encouraged to explore eateries to discover their own favourite, but of course the section could not be complete without one or two honourable mentions. Blackfriars is quite popular for being the oldest dining room in the country, and it does offer delicious, high quality meals made from local ingredients, they even grow some of their own produce! Sachins is a lovely Indian Restaurant, famous for Punjabi curries.

Nightlife: If you should choose not to see a show after dinner and the local pubs aren’t quite enough, you can try club Digital, and see if their dance scene can’t grab you. Though, the city really does have something to offer everyone.

Where to Stay: Upscale names include Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Seaham Hall and if you really want to be pampered, The Serenity Spa has all your heart could desire in a luxury hotel. Another alternative on the moderate to upscale range is Maften Hall, which is actually a grand manor-style home turned hotel. If you’re looking for something a little simpler, try Staybridge Suites, especially for an extended stay, or hostels like Euro Hostel, if you are travelling with a large group of friends.