The Associated Press
Costa Crociere bookings already had dipped by an estimated one-third following the Jan. 13 wreck of itsConcordia ocean liner off a Tuscan island that killed up to 32 passengers and crew. The company is blaming that shipwreck on its captain, who stands accused of abandoning ship as passengers struggled to escape.
Overnight, the Costa Concordia disaster shattered the image of the most durably successful travel sector. The giant ship belonging to the world’s biggest cruise firm, Carnival, struck a rock on 13 January. By dawn the next day, more than 30 passengers and crew had died. The big question for the cruise industry is: has that tragedy put off some potential customers for life? Read More
The captain of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy last month killing at least 25 people, made a series of errors that were compounded by failures onshore by the ship’s operators, according to prosecution documents. Prosecutors accuse Captain Francesco Schettino of causing the accident by bringing the giant vessel too close to shore where it struck a rock that tore a large gash in the hull, causing water to flood into the engine rooms. Read More
Following the Costa Concordia disaster, cruise companies have been aggressively lowering rates and ratcheting up promotions to lure back hesitant passengers. The two biggest companies – Carnival Corp., the parent of more than a half-dozen lines including Princess and Costa Cruises, and Royal Caribbean – saw bookings drop by percentages in the midteens in the weeks after the Concordia ran aground off the coast of Isola del Giglio on Jan. 13. Read More
Finally, the Costa Concordia cruise ship’s Jan. 13 grounding off Italy, which killed several passengers, seems not to be deterring other seagoers. The two latter incidents sparked memories for me, neither of them tragic and one somewhat burlesque. Read More