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Costa and Titan-Micoperi to outline Concordia removal plan

Costa Crociere and the Titan Salvage-Micoperi consortium tapped to remove the Concordia wreck from its rocky perch off Giglio are scheduled to outline plans for the project during a Friday news conference in Rome.

IMO safety committee to delve into Costa Concordia incident

Passenger ship safety ranks high on the packed agenda of the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee session, which opened today in London and runs through May 25.

Celebrity Millennium rounds out $140m ‘Solsticizing’ initiative

Celebrity Millennium set sail Saturday from PortMiami, fresh from becoming the fourth and final Millennium-class ship to complete the line’s $140m ‘Solsticizing’ program, incorporating a host of the venues and experiences from the Solstice-class ships.

Grandeur of the Seas begins $48m update at Navantia

Royal Caribbean International continues to retrofit Oasis-class features on other ships in the fleet with the drydock revitalization of Grandeur of the Seas.

Carnival corporate vice chairman and coo Howard Frank has given another ringing endorsement of Costa Crociere, describing it as ‘an iconic brand not just in Italy but throughout the world.’

Speaking in Venice on Saturday at the delivery ceremony for Costa’s latest flagship, Costa Fascinosa, Frank’s statement was intended to quell speculation over the future of the Costa brand, which chief executive Pier Luigi Foschi suggested was in question as recently as March.

New Costa safety initiatives may be adopted by all Carnival brands

Four months after the Costa Concordia disaster delivered a shuddering blow to Europe’s largest cruise company, Costa Crociere has announced seven new initiatives designed to ensure ‘the highest safety standards before departure and during the cruise, moving even further ahead of current regulatory requirements.’

Costa Crociere chief Pier Luigi Foschi called today’s delivery of Costa Fascinosa ‘an important stepping stone on our company’s road to recovery’ and a confirmation that long-term business fundamentals ‘remain strong.’

Despite Costa Concordia’s capsize and the economic downturn, ‘Costa has bounced back and booking volumes are back to the same levels recorded this time last year, ahead of our own expectations,’ Foschi said in Venice during Costa Fascinosa’s official handover from Fincantieri.

Seven Seas Navigator docking to refurbish top suites

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 490-passenger all-suite Seven Seas Navigator will enter drydock in mid-May, signaling the fourth phase of the line’s fleetwide ‘Seven Seas Signature’ enhancements.

Joe Palermo has been appointed to the newly created position of director, ship refurbishments for Holland America Line and Seabourn.

The cruise industry has adopted new policies regarding voyage planning, bridge access and life jackets aimed at enhancing safety following the Costa Concordia disaster.

The policies, the latest to spring from an industry-wide operational safety review, were announced today at an EC-sponsored Passenger Ship Safety event in Brussels by European Cruise Council chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio.

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