A Cruise Industry Without Agents? No Way, Execs Say

Travel Market Report
Cruise lines don’t just want to have a relationship with the travel agency community – they need the relationship. There are solid business reasons cruise lines depend heavily on agents, a panel of cruise line executives told some 1,200 agents at CLIA’s recent cruise3sixty conference in Fort Lauderdale last week.
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After Concordia: More New Safety Standards Adopted by Cruise Industry

Cruise Critic
In the wake of the worst cruise disaster  in a century, the industry’s largest trade organizations have announced a number of changes in safety protocol.The new policies, released in tandem by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and European Cruise Council (ECC), address issues related to personnel access to the bridge, passage planning and life jackets — three areas called into question when 32 people died in January after Costa Concordia hit a rock, capsized and sank off the Italian island of Giglio.Bridge Access. In a statement, CLIA said that “bridge access will now be limited to those with operational functions during any period of restricted maneuvering or when increased vigilance is required.” Spokesman David Peikan described the period for increased vigilance as “any time a vessel is constrained in its ability to freely navigate, such as in a restricted waterway/channel, entering a port, or an area where there is an unusually high volume or compression of vessel traffic.” Concordia’s captain, Franceso Schettino, was allegedly distracted by bridge guests at the time of the accident. He remains under house arrest on charges including manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. 
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Maritime Industry, Marine Insurance, Difficult

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After an inauspicious start, 2012 will be another difficult and uncertain year for the maritime industry faced with the aftermath of the Costa Concordia, further problems in the Euro zone, pirate attacks and increased sanctions. The latest report reveals the Hull market is in a state of flux following the Costa Concordiadisaster in January. Some underwriters in the London insurance market, which will bear the majority of the estimated USD 500m hull claim, are adamantly refusing premium reductions or even flat renewals.

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Titanic to Costa Concordia, has safety at sea improved?

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When the Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk on April 15, 1912, it set into motion a chain of events that would forever change the shipping industry through the introduction of new rules and regulations intended to prevent such a disaster from ever happening again. But 100 years after Titanic slipped beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 people, many of the risks remain very much the same.
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100 Years After Titanic, Safety Still a Concern

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The Costa disaster raised questions about whether safety is still an issue for top-of-the-range, floating leisure palaces. In the 10 years prior to the Costa Concordia accident only 28 people had died in ship incidents, 22 were crewmembers. The Titanic was the pride of the industry when it went down off the coast of Canada on its maiden voyage a hundred years ago with the loss of 1,514 lives, a giant of a ship.

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What lessons learned from Titanic?

Hamilton Spectator
A century later, 32 were killed when a luxury cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, was shipwrecked off the Tuscan coast in January. The number of victims in the 2012 incident pales in comparison, but it was a wakeup call for many who believed large-scale

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Costa Concordia: Leadership lessons

CEO Forum Group
As the Costa Concordia tragedy continues to play out in the world’s media attention is now shifting to what lessons can be learned. Andrew O’Keeffe, Principal of Hardwired Humans, has made of the most insightful analyses in a recent newsletter

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Cruise industry leaders look past Concordia deaths

Mainichi Daily News
MIAMI (AP) — Cruise industry leaders gathered Tuesday for their first annual convention since the Costa Concordia disaster, emphasizing their commitment to safety and expressing confidence that business will return. The Concordia accident, in which 32 people died when the ship ran aground off the coast of Italy in January, cast a long shadow over this year’s Cruise Shipping Miami conference, attended by thousands from the cruise and travel industries in more than 100 countries.

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Passengers Tell of Chaos on Doomed Ship

Courthouse News Service
By MARIMER MATOS MIAMI (CN) – Passengers on the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship, which crashed and sank off Italy, paint a picture of chaos, panic and deceit, in a complaint against Carnival Corporation, in Miami-Dade County Court.Hector Perez and eight other plaintiffs say the captain, who abandoned ship, waited almost an hour and a half after he knew the ship would sink before giving the order to evacuate. “The stories told by passengers who survived the ordeal were ones of chaos, lies, and abandonment – Concordia’s crew ignored her passengers, leaving only ‘chefs and waiters’ to help them survive – passengers were forced to jump into the freezing waters in an attempt to swim for shore,”

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