CEO of Carnival Corporation releases statement regarding Costa Concordia

MIAMI, Jan. 17, 2012 – 4:45 pm EST — This statement is from Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc, parent company of Costa Cruises.

We are deeply saddened by the reports of additional deaths following the grounding of the Costa Concordia. On behalf of the entire Carnival Corporation & plc team, I offer our heartfelt condolences to all of those families affected by this tragedy.

Our immediate priority continues to be supporting rescue and recovery efforts and looking after our guests and crew members, along with securing the vessel to ensure there is no environmental impact.  My senior management team and I have been in continuous contact with the Costa executive team in Italy and we have our senior level technical experts on the ground to provide additional support for this tragic and highly unusual incident.

While this is a terribly sad time for everyone involved, we want to recognize the tremendous efforts of Concordia’s crew, who along with the Italian Coast Guard and authorities, helped to evacuate more than 4,000 passengers and crew members from the ship in very difficult conditions. And we continue to offer our deep gratitude to the Italian authorities for their support and ongoing efforts.

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  • Crew member…

    Dear Micky Arison,

    That’s what you get as a revenge for decades of cruel exploitation of 3rd world workforce….

    Has any cruise ship passenger imagined what abominable conditions crew members work and live in oboard this gigantic cruise ships? Bland food, 12-13 hour working hours per day, 7 days a week, uninterrupted sleep well below international labour standards, humiliation, stress, racism, incompetent supervisors..I could go on and on….

    This is what you get when you are the greedy chairman of a filthy corporation…