Costa Cruises sailing back to profitability

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Bookings at Costa Cruises are bouncing back from the sharp drop seen in the months after the Costa Concordia accident, and the brand should be back to profitability by next year, according to executives at the line’s parent company. Carnival Corp. vice chairman Howard Frank told Wall Street analysts Tuesday that consumer research shows the perception of the Costa brand is gradually improving in each of the line’s major markets. .

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Experts: Blunders, delays contributed to Costa disaster

ROME– Court-appointed experts have pointed the finger of blame primarily at the captain of a cruise ship that ran aground off Italy, but also faulted the crew and ship owner for a series of blunders, delays and security breaches that contributed to the disaster and the deaths of 32 people.
The Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized Jan. 13 off the Tuscan island of Giglio after Capt. Francesco Schettino took it off course in a stunt.

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Costa Concordia wreck draws new wave of ‘disaster tourists’

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This week’s news that the capsized Costa Concordia won’t be moved from its watery grave off Italy’s Tuscan coast as quickly as planned comes amid a boom in day-trippers eager to get a glimpse of the doomed cruise liner. The ship ran aground near Giglio Island last Jan. 13 with 4,000 people aboard; 32 were killed. Locals say hotel bookings and vacation rentals are down on Giglio, in part because of Italy’s economic crisis. But the picturesque island – so off-the-beaten-track that most guidebooks mention it in passing, if at all – is drawing a new breed of visitor.
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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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Costa Concordia captain guided by ‘divine hand’

MiamiHerald.com
Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia ship which ran aground killing more than 30 people, claims a “divine hand” guided him during the disaster, preventing greater tragedy, reported Travel Mole, a British industry newsletter. In a letter explaining his version of events, published in Italy’s La Corriere della Sera newspaper, he defended his actions after the ship struck rocks and capsized off the coast of Tuscany in January.

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Divers recovering 5 bodies from Italy cruise wreck

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GIGLIO, Italy (AP) – Divers have recovered nearly all of the bodies from the wreck of the Costa Concordia, two months after the cruise ship struck a reef and capsized off Italy’s Tuscan coast. Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said that by late afternoon divers had brought up all five bodies located by search crews last week in the wreck off Giglio island.

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Fuel cleared from Costa Concordia wreck

Sydney Morning Herald
Authorities say they have removed all the fuel that was left aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off Italy. The process of getting more than 2000 tonnes of fuel and sewage was completed on Saturday. There had been fears that any fuel leaking from the ship would pollute the pristine waters off the Tuscan island of Giglio, where the ship rammed a reef on January 13. But authorities say no significant pollution has been detected.

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Costa Concordia Disaster: Bell Disappears From Shipwreck Site

Huffington Post
ROME, March 15 – Underwater thieves have evaded an array of laser systems that measure millimetric shifts in the Costa Concordia shipwreck and 24-hour surveillance by the Italian coast guard and police to haul off a symbolic booty – the ship’s bell. Prosecutors have opened an investigation to find out who filched the modern-day Titanic’s bell.

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Carnival Corp. CEO: Costa brand will survive, thrive

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By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY The head of Costa Cruises’ parent company says he’s confident the brand can make a comeback in the wake of the Costa Concordia accident, and he has no plans to scale it back or change its name. “It is damaged. It will take some time (to rebound), but we’d be crazy to abandon such a powerful brand,” Carnival Corp. Chairman and CEO Micky Arison

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Cruise boss: Deeper than normal discounts not on the way

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Carnival Corp. chairman and CEO Micky Arison tells USA TODAY that consumers expecting unusual deals in the wake of the Costa Concordia accident may be in for a surprise. “There’s some misconception based on events that something drastic (is) coming But consumers who hold out for better deals “could be disappointed.”As part of an announcement today on first quarter earnings, Carnival Corp. revealed that the Costa Concordia accident continues to have a widespread impact on bookings at its brands, which include Costa as well as Carnival, Princess, Holland America and Cunard.

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