Should I Buy Carnival?

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

Should I Buy Carnival? Motley Fool
No such thing as bad publicity for cruises? –TravelMole

Carnival Cruise Lines And Why Third Party Travel Insurance Pays

Carnival Cruise Lines has had a rough few weeks, but as difficult as Triumph’s drift, Dream’s electrical failure and Legend’s propulsion problems have likely been on the Carnival Corp. PR team, these seaborne debacles have been harder still on the boats’ passengers. By way of making amends, Carnival has offered its indignant clients small amounts of cash and credits for exactly the sort of future cruises they probably want to avoid. That said, Carnival didn’t really have to offer the victims of their hospitality anything at all — an argument, if there ever was one, for third party insurance.

Carnival Cruise Lines And Why Third Party Travel Insurance Pays
Costa Concordia Salvage Update
Costa Concordia – IMO 9320544 – Callsign IBHD
Costa Concordia Ship Tour just before sinking on Friday 13th

What to do if your cruise ship becomes disabled

What to do if your cruise ship becomes disabled
Fox News
This is the third Carnival ship in less than two months to experience difficulties at sea. In February, the Carnival Triumph was crippled by an onboard fire in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving passengers stranded for days while the ship was towed back to land.

What to do if your cruise ship becomes disabled
Great Land ship leaves Port of Tacoma, ‘served the community well’ News Tribune
Fourth Carnival ship faces problems NBC News
Carnival lowers financial outlook after Triumph, ‘Fun Ship’ ship issues Miami Herald
Turning Carnival’s ship around Washington Post

Costa Concordia sister ship Allegra to be sold, likely for scrap


The ocean liner Allegra, from the same fleet as the ill-fated Costa Concordia, is on the seller’s block with a likelihood it will be sold for scrap. The ship is much smaller than the Concordia at 28,500 tonnes and carries 820 passengers.
The Allegra is the oldest in the Costa Cruise line fleet and in late February the ship had a fire in the engine room in the Indian Ocean that left it adrift for three days without lights, running toilets or air-conditioning.

Read More Digital Journal

Performers suing for $200M following Costa Concordia wreck

Fox News
Four performers who entertained passengers on the doomed Costa Concordia are suing the luxury liner’s owners and operators for $200 million. The musicians and dancers — all from Hungary — accuse Carnival Corp. and the Italian Costa Crociere SpA cruise line of “gross negligence” in the deadly Jan. 13 crash off the coast of Italy.

Read More Fox News
Read More Washington Post
Read More Big Pond News
Read More Port Technology

Sink or swim

Muse
The CBC acknowledged that the demand for cruises has dropped 15 to 20 per cent in the weeks after the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off Italy’s coast. A few weeks ago when passengers were enjoying Mexico’s scenery, 22 passengers were robbed by hooded gunmen, and three major liners—Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Sea and Princess Cruise lines’ Ruby Princess and Crown Princess—all experienced outbreaks of the Norwalk virus, causing some guests to have a pretty shitty time.

Read More

Raw video: Helicopters deliver food to Costa Allegra passengers

GlobalNews.ca
Six weeks ago, Allegra’s sister ship, the Costa Concordia, hit a reef and capsized off Italy. Allegra arrived in the Seychelles after three days under tow. There were no injuries. In the raw video footage above, passengers look on as helicopters deliver boxes of food to those on Costa Allegra.

Read it on Global News: Global News | Raw video: Helicopters deliver food to Costa Allegra passengers

Read More

Costa Concordia captain could not see radar ‘because he wasn’t wearing his glasses’

Newstrack India
London, Mar 5(ANI): Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino was not wearing his glasses when the cruise ship toppled off the Tuscan coast, leading to the death of over 30 people, it has been revealed. According to leaked prosecution evidence, the ship’s first officer, Ciro Ambrosio, described how Captain Francesco Schettino had dined with a Moldovan cruise representative and dancer Domnica Cemortan.

Read More

Officer says Concordia captain left glasses in his cabin

CTV.ca
The captain of the Costa Concordia, the Italian cruise liner that struck a shoal and capsized off the Tuscan coast in January, left his glasses in his cabin and needed help checking the ship’s radar, a pre-trial hearing was told Saturday. Thirty-two people were killed or are missing and presumed dead since the ship ran aground near the island of Giglio in the Mediterranean with 4,200 passengers and crew aboard on January 13.

Read More

Cruise ships rife with sex, drugs – former crew

Sydney Morning Herald
Passengers who survived the Concordia Cruise disaster are calling on Congress to institute changes in how cruise ships are run and the staffs trained. ROME: The Costa Concordia and other vessels in the cruise ship’s fleet were hotbeds of sexual harassment, drinking and drug abuse, former crew members have claimed.

Read More