Australian cruise industry resists wave of bad press

The cruise industry has played down the impact of recent negative publicity caused by a spate of gastrointestinal illness at sea and the lingering spectre of the Costa Concordia.

Just three weeks ago, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas made headlines as more than 600 of its passengers and crew were struck by norovirus during a 10-day Caribbean cruise.

Within days, that incident was followed by another aboard Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess, with more than 160 of its 3,104 passengers falling ill.

Both episodes made headlines, with comparisons being drawn with last year’s infamous “poop cruise” aboard Carnival Triumph.

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Next steps for the Concordia

Time is running short for the next act in the Costa Concordia saga.

Italian authorities have given the go-ahead for marine salvage companies to try to tip the massive ship up off its sloped resting spot and onto a platform shelf constructed on the seabed. Once vertical, workers will be able to weld caissons onto the starboard side that will be used to refloat the ship.

The tipping maneuver, called parbuckling, may be the trickiest part of the entire operation. And despite gaining approvals, the salvage companies may yet hold off on the operations.

Delays have been the rule rather than the exception in righting the Concordia. Initially the ship was to have been raised and towed away in January, a date that slipped to March and then to September.

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Costa Concordia to be brought upright in September

Grounded ship Costa Concordia is expected to be raised into an upright position in September.

No official date has been set by the Italian authorities or by the two companies – Titan Salvage and Micoperi – that were awarded the recovery project, CBS News reports.

The ship ran aground off the island of Giglio on January 13 last year.

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Carnival Corp drafts in PR heavyweight

A public relations heavyweight has been drafted in as Carnival Corporation seeks to rebuild a reputation tarnished by last year’s Costa Concordia tragedy and a series of mishaps to Carnival Cruise Lines ships since February.

Former American Airlines top PR executive Roger Frizzell (pictured) has taken the newly created position of senior vice president of corporate communications. He joins the world’s largest cruise conglomerate on Monday (June 24).

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Italian investigators detail Concordia ‘chaos and confusion’

The severity of the Costa Concordia shipwreck was chiefly due to the “unconventional behavior” of its captain and weak emergency management, an Italian safety agency has concluded. The findings of the Italian Marine Casualties Investigative Body are part of a definitive 176-page report on the 2012 accident. While it did not absolve Costa Cruises’ shoreside oversight, the report said Capt. Francesco Schettino lied about the extent of damages to authorities. It further said that his delays in declaring an emergency and in deciding to abandon ship had fatal consequences…

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Captain Coward fled from sinking cruise liner Costa Concordia

Captain Coward fled from sinking cruise liner Costa Concordia leaving 300 passengers and crew to their fate.

  • Francesco Schettino was at the command of cruise liner in January 2012
  • Catalogue of errors by captain documented in official 176-page dossier
  • He faces 20 years in prison for his part in the maritime disaster

Three hundred passengers and crew were still on the sinking cruise ship Concordia as its captain made his escape, the official report on the tragedy has revealed. Among other damning revelations in the 176-page dossier is that the coastguard were not alerted to the incident until they were phoned by a passenger’s mother. Half an hour after the collision, Captain Francesco Schettino had yet to put out a distress signal.

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Concordia disaster prompted ‘purge of captains’

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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.

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Costa boss talks of obligation after Concordia tragedy

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The new boss of Costa Cruises has spoken of his “obligation” to make sure nothing like the Concordiaaccident ever happens again. Michael Thamm, chief executive officer of Costa Crociere S.p.A, said the incident was a huge shock to all the line’s employees. He said one word summed up his and his company’s reaction to the tragedy, which led to the death of 32 people when the Costa Concordia flagship sank off the coast of Italy in January this year – ‘obligation’.
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