It’s only February, and 2012 is already shaping up to be a bad year for Carnival cruise ships: the Costa Concordia disaster, random passenger death, and now an outbreak of norovirus on two Princess Cruise Lines ships in Florida.
A local CBS affiliate picked up the AP story, which has the total number of affected passengers and crew at over 200. Norovirus sounds a lot more serious than it is — although “vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain” aren’t ideal when you’re on vacation.
As a practical matter, we think people understand that cruising is safe.” Costa is an Italy-based line owned by Carnival Corp., which is based in Miami. Carnival said this week that booking volumes had declined by percentages “in the mid-teens compared to a year earlier. Most affected are spring and summer cruises. Read More
O’Dwyer’s PR News
By Richard E. Nicolazzo Nearly three weeks after the $538 million, 950-foot cruise ship Costa Concordia struck rocks off the Italian coast, shock waves are still being felt in the executive suites at Carnival Corporation in Miami, the publicly traded company that owns Costa Crociere SpA, operator of the ship. The accident, which came at the height of the booking season for winter cruises, put a spotlight on an industry giant