Italian officials sue Costa Concordia owner for $275 million

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp., was hit with huge lawsuits by officials from Tuscany and the island of Giglio, who allege that the January 2012 disaster contributed to a major decline in area visitors.
Italian officials are suing the owner of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship for an eye-watering $275 million — over claims the liner disaster destroyed local tourism.

Costa Cruises, a unit of Carnival Corp., was hit with the mega-lawsuits by officials from Tuscany and the island of Giglio on Monday, according to reports.

They allege that the January 2012 disaster contributed to a major decline in visitors to the area, which they say will take “years” of investment to rectify.
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Carnival – Time To Be Cautious After Strong Recent Momentum

Investors in Carnival (CCL) are having a great end to a difficult 2013 following massive public relationship disasters earlier this year and last year’s disaster with the Costa Concordia.

Just three months ago, Carnival released its third quarter results which triggered a sell-off at the time. After shares have risen by about 25% in just a quarter of a year, it is time to take some profits.

Carnival – Time To Be Cautious After Strong Recent Momentum Seeking Alpha

2013 Travel Year In Review: Carnival Megaliner Drifts

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. NY1’s 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. 2013 Travel Year In Review: Carnival Megaliner Drifts NY 1

Costa Luminosa

South Floridians now have a new option for experiencing Costa Cruises unique brand of Italian-style cruising.

Earlier this month, the Genoa, Italy-based cruise line deployed its 2,260-passenger Costa Luminosa cruise ship to South Florida, making it the line’s newest and largest ship ever to sail from Miami.

Costa’s Luminosa ship now sailing from Miami Sun Sentinel

How Carnival’s New Leader Is Righting the Ship

Despite several unfortunate incidents at the start of 2013, Carnival Corporation has made it through the year without being a major disappointment. Thanks to smart leadership and savvy program changes, it’s minimized the effect of its rough first two quarters.

Why the year started off looking bleak
Carnival Corporation owns 10 cruise lines; one of these is Costa. The year began with the Costa Concordia half-sunk off the coast of Italy, and its captain on trial. The Triumph, Dream, Legend, and Elation from Carnival’s flagship brand also experienced problems before the close of the second quarter, ranging from fires to broken propulsion systems.

Carnival wasn’t the only trouble-plagued cruise line. The Grandeur of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL ) , experienced an onboard fire in May. Thomson Cruises’ staff on the Majesty suffered a fatal accident in February. These industrywide issues were also expected to greatly decrease customer confidence in Carnival and cruising in general.

The actual financial impact
Carnival’s third-quarter net income fell 17.4% year over year. Operating costs rose across the board — but much of that came from one-time payments resulting from the accidents. The news could have been much worse in light of the rough waters Carnival navigated during 2012 and early 2013. Instead, Carnival’s making visible progress toward growth, despite year-to-date total revenue being lower than it was this time last year.

How Carnival’s New Leader Is Righting the Ship The Motley Fool

Carnival Triples Crew Training to Prevent More Sea Mishaps

Carnival Corp. (CCL:US), moving to improve safety following accidents that cost the world’s largest cruise operator tens of millions of dollars, will triple its crew-training capacity with a new facility in the Netherlands.

The company agreed to buy land in Almere for the $50 million project, scheduled to open in 2016, according to Captain Hans Hederstrom, managing director of the company’s Center for Simulator Maritime Training. The complex will have four bridge and engine room simulations, enough to accommodate all of Carnival’s 4,000 deck officers and engineers annually.

“We can increase training, spend more time on simulators and do research and development,” Hederstrom, who is based in Almere, said in a telephone interview.

Carnival has increased its focus on safety following incidents that included the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia off the Italian coast in January 2012 that killed 32 people. The company is spending $700 million to boost fire prevention measures and backup generator capacity on its ships.

Carnival Triples Crew Training to Prevent More Sea Mishaps Bloomburg Businessweek

Carnival Cruise Line Teams Up With New Orleans Saints

Ever since the Costa Concordia disaster, cruise lines have increasingly resorted to paying for press releases to try and convince the public to cruise.

The latest press release was by Carnival Cruise Line yesterday, announcing that the cruise line has partnered with the New Orleans Saints.

Carnival will be sponsoring some type of half-time promotion where a Saints fan will get a free cruise aboard the renovated Carnival Sunshine cruise ship, which sails on its inaugural voyage from New Orleans the following day.

Carnival Cruise Line Teams Up With New Orleans Saints Crewsliner News

Drowning on Cruise Ship

A Carnival Cruise ship suffered a casualty on October 14 when Qwentyn Hunter, a six year old Winter Garden boy who had been swimming with his ten year old brother, drowned in the pool.

Six year old Qwentyn could not be revived. He had been a client of Ariza Talent and Modeling Agency.

The cruise was returning from the Caribbean.

Carnival Cruise Lines Victory does not have lifeguards. There’s no law requiring cruise ship lifeguards, though the lack is a controversial topic. A parent was at the pool at the time of the accidental drowning.