Carnival brands conduct internal safety audit after Costa Concordia accident

Following the sinking of Costa Concordia, the Miami-based parent company Carnival Corporation plc., ordered a comprehensive audit and review of all safety and emergency response procedures across all of the company’s ten cruise lines. “However, this tragedy has called into question our company’s safety and emergency response procedures and practices,” said Micky Arison, chairman and […]

MSC Cruises to sail from the Port of Miami in 2013, pending approval

If approved by the the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners later this month, MSC Cruises will have a new port to dock MSC Poesia for the 2013 Caribbean cruise season. The initial agreement will be for three years. “We are very excited to join the impressive roster of cruise lines operating out of PortMiami and […]

Cruise ship grounds off Italy’s coast, half submerged

Updated: 0410 ET What started out as a ship hitting a rock in shallow water ended in a 114,500-ton ship taking on water, listing (leaning) causing passenger evacuation, and a reported eleven-passengers dead. The 3,700-passenger Costa Concordia was departing Civitavecchia (Rome) for a Mediterranean cruise when it struck bottom. After going off course and striking […]