US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News
Anne Kalosh is the US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News. She covers global stories, reporting both breaking and in-depth news on cruising's significant people, places, ships and trends. A sought-after expert on cruising, she has moderated conferences around the world, including the high-profile State of the Industry panel at Seatrade Cruise Global. She created and led the acclaimed itinerary-planning case study for Seatrade's cruise master classes held at Cambridge and Oxford universities. She is the cruise columnist for AFAR.com, and her freelance stories have appeared in a wide range of publications, from The New York Times to The Miami Herald.
Citing the Costa Concordia tragedy, the Cruise Lines International Association has postponed its Jan. 26 news conference in New York. The event, titled ‘What’s New in Cruising,’ would have presented the association’s important annual outlook.
CLIA’s New York media briefing has been a key date on the cruise industry calendar for many years.
Spurred by the Costa Concordia tragedy, Carnival Corp. & plc is undertaking a comprehensive audit and review of safety and emergency response procedures across all its brands.
Carnival said it and the cruise industry as a whole have maintained ‘an excellent safety record’ over the years. ‘However, this tragedy has called into question our company’s safety and emergency response procedures and practices,’ said Carnival chairman and ceo Micky Arison. ‘While I have every confidence in the safety of our vessels and the professionalism of our crews, this review will evaluate all practices and procedures to make sure that this kind of accident doesn’t happen again.’
Following the Costa Concordia disaster, Carnival shares are at an enterprise value per berth valuation seen only once in 15 years of quarterly EV/berth averages, UBS Investment Research said in new research.
Carnival Corp. & plc chairman and ceo Micky Arison has given his personal assurance that every Costa Concordia passenger, crew member and victim’s family will be cared for.
‘I give my personal assurance that we will take care of each and every one of our guests, crew and their families affected by this tragic event. Our company was founded on this principle and it will remain our focus,’ Arison said in a statement late Wednesday.
The Costa Concordia tragedy is a ‘wake-up call’ to review standards and ensure passengers’ safety on cruise ships, said Rep. John Mica, chairman of the House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in calling a hearing for February.
Eleven people died and 22 are believed missing after Costa Concordia capsized Friday off the coast of Italy. More than 120 US citizens were among the 4,200 people on board. Two Americans are unaccounted for.
Sliding glass doors to the balconies in more staterooms and suites, telephones, Wi-Fi and gourmet coffee brewers in all acccommodations, room service and afternoon tea are among the features to be offered by Queen of the Mississippi.
On a day when more bodies were recovered from Costa Concordia, Carnival Corp. & plc chairman and ceo Micky Arison expressed regret about the additional deaths and ‘heartfelt condolences to all of those families affected by this tragedy.’
Carnival shares were ‘clobbered’—as MarketWatch put it—by the Costa Concordia wreck in the first New York Stock Exchange trading session following Friday night’s ship disaster.
CCL shares at midday had plunged more than 14% to $29.41, a price that skated just above the 52-week low of $28.52 on Oct. 4.
Following the Costa Concordia tragedy, what will Costa Crociere do to restore the public’s confidence in cruising?
Several major US cruise retailers told Seatrade Insider reaction to the Costa Concordia tragedy has been surprisingly subdued so far.
‘We haven’t had one cancellation yet and minimal inquiries,’ said Vicky Garcia, evp sales and marketing for the large home-based travel agent network Cruise Planners/American Express.