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.
By Stephen Jewkes | VENICE (Reuters) – Cruise operator Costa Crociere took delivery of a new flagship liner on Saturday, hoping the glamour of Italy’s biggest ship will mark a new era for a company whose reputation was marred by the deadly Concordia disaster. The 114,500-tonne Costa Fascinosa, built by state-owned shipyard Fincantieri, has space for 3,500 passengers. An even bigger vessel, with 5,000 berths, should be ready in 2014 for a company that says bookings have recovered from the crisis. Read More Reuters Read More SMH.Com.AU Read More The Telegraph Read More Travel USA Today Read More Pune Mirror Read More media.watoday Read More thestandard.com.
The Costa Concordia’s owner has brought in new safety measures for its ships, including real-time tracking of routes and limits on its captains’ absolute authority – as its biggest liner was launched. The measures are aimed at ensuring there is no repeat of the tragedy in which 32 people died. Emergency safety training will now be given to passengers before the ships leave port – and a monitoring system will identify anyone who have not attended and encourage them to do so. The new Costa Fascinosa Read More Sky News Read More Miami Herald Read More Cruise Critic Read More UPI Read More Daily Mail Read More Voice of America