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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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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10 things your cruise line won’t tell you Navigating a sea of potential sickness, danger and debt

Edison at WSJ. 1. “Our ships might sink, but we won’t.“

It’s been a tough couple of seasons for the cruise ship industry. First, the Costa Concordia, a 3,800-passenger ship operated by a unit of Carnival Corp., ran aground off the coast of Italy in January 2012. Thirty-two people were killed, while images of the abandoned ship, lying incongruously on its side. beside a picturesque beach town, flashed around the world.

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Costa Concordia, once refloated, to be scrapped at Piombino port

The Costa Concordia disaster was 14 months ago and finally there is a complete plan to remove the ship. While it’s been known for months they were refloating and towing it for dismantling, only now have Italian officials decided the port it will go to. The government in Italy announced last week that the ship, which lies 300 metres off the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay, once refloated will be towed to the nearest port, the port of Piombino in Tuscany. Some opponents are arguing that could lengthen the removal operation as there is upgrading work to be done in that port; however…

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Long-Term Impact From the Costa Concordia Cruise Disaster?

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January 8, 2013. Long-Term Impact From the Costa Concordia Cruise Disaster? Tweet. Special: The Costa Concordia Disaster, 1 Year Later ) — The Costa Concordia tragedy shined a bright light on cruising and the industry’s safety precautions. In the year since the tragedy, the cruise industry has vowed to monitor and improve safety standards.

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Concordia disaster prompted ‘purge of captains’

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WTM 2012: The Costa Concordia tragedy prompted a number of other cruise lines to review the behaviour of senior officers, with some captains relieved of their duty. Former Fred Olsen Cruise Lines marketing director Nigel Lingard, speaking at a Travel Weekly debate at World Travel Market, indicated the practice of “sail pasts” close to land was not isolated to Costa.

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Costa boss talks of obligation after Concordia tragedy

Travel Weekly UK
The new boss of Costa Cruises has spoken of his “obligation” to make sure nothing like the Concordiaaccident ever happens again. Michael Thamm, chief executive officer of Costa Crociere S.p.A, said the incident was a huge shock to all the line’s employees. He said one word summed up his and his company’s reaction to the tragedy, which led to the death of 32 people when the Costa Concordia flagship sank off the coast of Italy in January this year – ‘obligation’.
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Cruise Industry Is Throttling Up Again, a Year After Costa Concordia

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The cruise industry is starting to regain its sea legs.Shares of Royal Caribbean (RCL) coasted higher on Thursday after posting an encouraging quarterly report — and market leader Carnival (CCL) followed suit. Most of the cruising industry news this year has been disheartening, largely stemming from the grounding ofCosta Concordia off the Tuscan coast of Italy. The incident in January left at least 30 people dead. It was a tragedy in of itself

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Cruise industry rebounding from ship accident, woes in Europe

Los Angeles Times
Industry leaders and analysts say the $37-billion industry is slowly rebounding from the crash of the Costa Concordia on rocks near the Tuscan island of Giglio in January and Europe’s economic woes. With the peak cruise booking period set to begin in January, industry executives say cruise trip reservations seem to be on the rise. A survey of 300 travel agents in North America in July found that 64% expected bookings in 2012 to surpass last year’s numbers.

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Rough seas in Europe for cruise operators

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The sinking of the Costa Concordia in January 2012 sparked a turbulent year for the cruise industry in Europe, writes Michelle Grant, travel and tourism analyst at Euromonitor International. “The sinking of Concordia in January 2012 impacted the entire…

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