Over a year ago, some folks at web design company Glooton in France released a cool network link that let you track cruise ships around the world from Costa Cruise Ships. Clicking on the placemarks for the ship location also shows you updated web cam photos from the ships. A couple of weeks ago, a Google Earth Community member called ‘svens’ posted a new version of the cruise ship tracking network link which includes 3D models to show the position of the ships, and new network links to let you track the ships as they move. He’s also recently added 3D name labels on the backs of the ships (using the new 3D text capability with SketchUp 6). See the instructions in the “Cruises” folder under the network link in your “Temporary Places“. And, if you click on the folder for each cruise ship you can see the web cam photos and other information (like weather, speed, position, heading, etc.). These 3D models are a little complex – so they look good. But, they also might slow down your Google Earth viewing (due to memory and graphics complexity). So, turn them off when you are done looking – you can selectively turn off the 3D models and still view the other data.