It’s been an annus horribilus for the cruise industry.
Highly publicised mechanical problems, an onboard fire, cancellations, deaths at sea and outbreaks of sickness have followed the Costa Concordia disaster to seriously mar the reputation of the otherwise booming industry.
Images of passengers living in filthy conditions and begging to be taken off a ship drifting at sea are not exactly the makings of travel wish-lists.
Nor are reports of passengers lying in corridors or being carried off ships because they’re too sick to do anything else; it’s a public relations nightmare.
The European cruise ship business grew by three percent in 2012 despite the eurozone crisis and the Costa Concordia liner disaster, a trade report said
“In the wake of European economic and financial uncertainties, European waters have become the new main streets for ports and cities to get down to business,” Manfredi Lefebvre d’Odivio, the chairman of Cruise Lines International Association Europe said in the report released in Brussels.
Who doesn’t remember the Costa Concordia disaster, which killed 32 people in Jan. 2012? That was swiftly followed by a blaze on board sister liner Costa Allegra, which knocked out the power supply. Companies take time to recover from that kind of brand damage. Worse, the mishaps have continued this year — with three cruise liners all suffering technical problems
eReleases (press release)
American Flagship Executive Claims CARNIVAL TRIUMPH, CARNIVAL SPLENDOR and Even COSTA CONCORDIA Are But “Tip of the Iceberg”. NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — World City America Inc. President Stephanie Gallagher asks when will U.S. politicians and reporters ask the right questions about this NON-U.S. industry? American passengers account for over 90 percent of the revenues earned by over 150 foreign-flag cruise ships sailing out of U.S. ports. It’s a $40 BILLION-a-year industry that competes unfairly with American hotels, resorts, casinos and convention facilities. “Unfairly” because it is exempt from U.S. safety, environmental and labor regulations. It DOES NOT pay U.S. corporate taxes on its profits, and it is not required to hire American officers or crew. American Flagship Executive Claims CARNIVAL TRIUMPH, CARNIVAL SPLENDOR and Even COSTA CONCORDIA Are But “Tip of the Iceberg” ereleases Interview with Alberto- Rescuer of the Costa Concordia Passengers … Capturing Lavita.com
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.
When Benji Smith and Emily Lau boarded the Costa Concordia cruise liner a year ago they were embarking on a honeymoon cruise long anticipated. Not long after, however, it turned into a nightmare as the ship hit a reef and over 65% wound up underwater.
Travel Weekly UK
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.
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 Read More Daily Finance Read More Marine Link Read More Voice of Russia Read More Huffington Post Read More The Independent
While in Tuscany on a recent assignment, Peter Knego embarked on a special Trek to the island of Giglio, where efforts were well underway to remove the wreck of the ill-fated COSTA CONCORDIA. (Lots of photos) Read More Maritime Matters Read More BBC