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2013 travel year in review

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: 2013 travel year in review
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Among the newsmakers in the travel industry in 2013 were a Carnival Cruise ship that drifted without power for five days and the Boeing 787, which was grounded after a series of battery fires. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

Carnival Cruise Line navigated some very rough waters in February, as one of its megaliners caught on fire and drifted without power for five days with 4,000 miserable passengers on board.

It was the highest-profile incident to call into question cruise line safety since its cousin, Costa Concordia, sank off Italy a year before. After capsizing, Concordia was finally uprighted in 2013 as part of salvage operations.

An icon of the golden age of steamship travel, the SS United States was saved from the scrap yard at the 11th hour, but it still sits forlornly in Philadelphia without firm plans in place for its future use as a tourist attraction.

Another icon of the glory days of travel, TWA's Flight Center at JFK, reportedly entered into a committed relationship for its second life as a boutique hotel.

A symbol of a new era of aviation, the Boeing 787 is grounded after a series of battery fires. Six months later, with the "Dreamliner's" nightmare apparently behind it, the futuristic plane is cleared for takeoff.

An Asiana flight from South Korea crash landed at San Francisco International Airport in July, killing three passengers and injuring 180 on board the 777, which hit a sea wall on its final approach.

Federal judges cleared the way for American Airlines and US Airways to merge into the world's largest airline, while the FAA allowed the use of PED's below 10,000 feet, but still no texting or phone calls in flight just yet.

And finally, on a personal note, achieving new heights in 2013, bungee jumping in New Zealand and breathing thin air in Tibet at 12,000 feet. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP