Carnival Corp drafts in PR heavyweight

A public relations heavyweight has been drafted in as Carnival Corporation seeks to rebuild a reputation tarnished by last year’s Costa Concordia tragedy and a series of mishaps to Carnival Cruise Lines ships since February.

Former American Airlines top PR executive Roger Frizzell (pictured) has taken the newly created position of senior vice president of corporate communications. He joins the world’s largest cruise conglomerate on Monday (June 24).

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The Crazy Costa Concordia Drama Continues as a Lawsuit Comes to Court

Just when you thought the world had perhaps moved on from that dreadful cruise ship grounding in Italy, the Costa Concordia is again popping up as the trial starts next month. This time it’s not the ship that’s the focus so much as the ship’s dancer who was keeping the captain company on the bridge when the incident occurred.

If you can remember back, there were reports that Captain Schettino had welcomed Moldovian dancer, Domnica Cemortan, into the control room of the ship with hopes of wowing her. Since we weren’t there we have no clue what actually happened, but we all know the outcome. Now, Cemortan is suing not only the Costa Cruises, but the captain himself and the media for smearing her angelic reputation.

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Cruise industry rides the storm of bad press

Bad press over the Costa Concordia disaster, outbreaks of norovirus, onboard fires and other cruise-related incidents have not deterred British holidaymakers, according to Amadeus. The travel technology provider has produced a report on the cruise market based on the results of a Yougov survey of 2,000 people in May.

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Bizarre legal turn in Costa Concordia disaster and saga

In what can only be described as a bizarre legal turn in the Costa Concordia disaster and saga, the Moldovan dancer reported to have been seen having dinner with Captain Francesco Schettino and also reportedly seen on the bridge the night the Costa Concordia ran aground, is now reported to be seeking damages from the captain, the ship’s parent company and media.

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Can we trust the cruise lines’ new passenger bill of rights?

Maybe it was the string of customer-service disasters, starting with the Costa Concordia tragedy last year and leading up to the recent Carnival Triumph “poop” cruise, on which passengers were left adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for five days without working toilets. Maybe it was the threat of government regulation from Sen. Charles Schumer (D.-N.Y.), a vocal critic of the cruise industry, that made it move. Then again, maybe we should just take the cruise industry at its word on its decision, announced just before the Memorial Day holiday, to introduce a passenger “bill of rights.”

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Costa Concordia Update: Installed and the second Platform

The second platform on Giglio Island has been installed in the last few days. This is the 5th of total 6 subsea platforms, which are going to secure a safe supporting structure for the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia after it is rotated into a vertical position (“parbuckling”, as this is known). The new-mounted platform that was constructed at the Rosetti shipyard in Marina di Ravenna, weighs about 1,000 tons, measures 40 metres and is 22 metres in height and is supported by 5 big pillars ( nearly 2 metres in diameter ) secured to the granite seabed about 10 metres deep.

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Cruise Industry’s Reputation Continues To Sink Months After Carnival Triumph

Consumers have wide-ranging questions of quality standards and shipboard safety following a series of high-profile accidents starting with Costa Concordia in January 2012 and culminating (though not concluding) with Carnival Triumph this February. A new poll of 2,052 U.S. adults, conducted between May 14-16 (prior to the recent fire aboard Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas), shows that perceptions of the industry’s top brands haven’t only remained below their pre-incident levels, they’ve fallen lower.

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Judge orders trial of Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32

A judge in Italy has ordered the captain of the Costa Concordia to stand trial in the shipwreck of the cruise liner, which struck a reef off Tuscany last year, killing 32 people.Francesco Schettino will be the only defendant in the trial, which begins on July 9 in the Tuscan town of Grosseto. The indictment was announced on Wednesday.Five other defendants successfully sought plea bargains in their cases, which are now being handled separately. Schettino is charged with manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning the ship while many of the 4,200 passengers and crew were still aboard. He denies the charges.

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Costa Concordia dancer, alleged lover of Schettino, to sue

Domnica Cemortan, the Moldovan dancer on the bridge of the Costa Concordia when it listed over, drowning 32 people, has hired Italian lawyer Gianluca Madonna. Madonna said that his client will launch several lawsuits relating to that night. The 26-year-old was reported to have been eating dinner with Captain Schettino on the Costa Concordia on the night of Jan. 13, 2012 when the disaster occurred. She is said to have then gone up to the bridge with him, and remained there during his handling of the crisis.

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