Cruise liner captain to stand trial over shipwreck

The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that hit rocks and sank off Tuscany last year, killing 32 people, will go on trial in July.
Francesco Schettino faces criminal charges including multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship before all the 4,229 passengers had been evacuated.
The trial will open July 9 in Grosseto, the city nearest to the site of the wreck. Schettino is accused of recklessly steering the ship too close to the Giglio island

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Hungarian Family Claims $400 Mln Over Costa Concordia, MTI Says

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The family of Sandor Feher, a Hungarian who died in the wreck of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, is claiming $400 million compensation from the ship’s operators, Hungarian state news agency MTI reported, citing lawyers representing Feher’s parents.In the claim filed in a New York court, the family accuses Carnival (CCL) Plc, Carnival (CCL) Corp. and their Italian subsidiary, Costa Crociere, of “serious negligence”

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Royal Caribbean swings to loss

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Royal Caribbean (RCL) swung to a loss in its second quarter, hurt by the economic turmoil in Europe and a broad industry downturn after the Costa Concordia disaster in January. The cruise line company reported a loss of $3.6 million, or 2 cents per share. “The steady drumbeat of negative news emanating out of Europe is certainly having an impact,” CEO Richard Fain said in a statement. “As a result, we are seeing pluses and minuses in the different geographical markets — North America is holding up reasonably well; Asia is a big plus; but Europe is a pretty consistent minus.
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Concordia captain was distracted by phone call

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Francesco Schettino said he was distracted by a phone conversation shortly before the cruise liner crashed into a reef off an Italian island and capsized, killing 32 people.Francesco Schettino described the collision to private Italian TV channel Canale 5 as a “banal accident” in which “destiny” played a role.

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Carnival Ship Released to Sail From Port as Deal Is Struck

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A Carnival Corp. cruise liner was released to sail from a Texas port by a U.S. judge who ordered it seized yesterday in a lawsuit over a death in the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Italy. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner released the MS Carnival Triumph today from a seizure order holding the cruise liner in its home port of Galveston. 
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Five bodies retrieved from Costa Concordia

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Rome – Scuba divers on Monday brought to shore all five of the bodies discovered last week in the wreck of the  Costa Concordia, rescue officials in Italy said. The five bodies – which have yet to be identified – were found on Thursday. The discovery brought to 30 the number of people who died from the January 13 accident involving the Italian cruise ship.

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Carnival Sued in Miami Over Fatal Costa Concordia Shipwreck

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28 (Bloomberg) — Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise line owner, was sued in Miami over the Jan. 13 wreck of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. The complaint, which names six plaintiffs, four Americans and two Italians, was filed yesterday in state court in Miami, said attorney Marc J. Bern, who provided Bloomberg with a copy. The filing couldn’t be independently confirmed with the court.