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Concordia pre-trial hearing expected to focus on black box content

A major pre-trial hearing in the Costa Concordia case will get under way in Grosseto Monday, focussing particularly on the contents of the giant cruise ship’s black box, which is expected to prove critical in reconstructing the causes and effects of ihe grounding on the rocks off Giglio on the night of January 13.

Daniel Klistorner, an expert on Titanic’s passenger accommodation, has joined design consultant Steve Hall on the Titanic II project.

Celebrity Reflection puts a digital game spin on the card room

Celebrity Reflection’s ‘Game On’ is a modern make-over of the traditional card room. A design of bold but elegant patterns and an eclectic collection of clocks adorning the walls makes for what Celebrity Cruises calls an ‘old-meets-new aesthetic.’

Concordia captain sues Costa for wrongful dismissal

Capt. Francesco Schettino, who faces multiple criminal charges in connection with Costa Concordia’s deadly capsize, is suing Costa Crociere for wrongful dismissal, Reuters reports from Rome.

Design consultant appointed to Titanic II project

Titanic historian Steve Hall has been appointed design consultant to the Titanic II project being undertaken by Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer.

Silver Cloud set for extensive update at Fincantieri’s Palermo

The 1994-built Silver Cloud will get an extensive update this month at Fincantieri’s Palermo yard that will refresh public spaces and suites and revamp the outdoor dining area, The Grill, to add hot rocks cooking, among other features. 

US judge dismisses Concordia suit by Giglio businesses

A federal judge in Florida has dismissed a lawsuit filed by businesses in Italy seeking damages for losses from Costa Concordia’s sinking, the Associated Press reports.

Almost nine months after Costa Concordia struck the rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, causing the deaths of 32 passengers and crew, the moment of truth is fast approaching for Genoa-based cruise line Costa Crociere.

Costa refutes press reports that it was aware of intended ‘salute’ to Giglio

Costa Crociere has strongly rebutted Italian press reports that it was aware in advance that the Costa Concordia would make a ‘salute’ to the island of Giglio as it passed on its fateful last voyage on January 13.

Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest are scheduled to enter drydock in 2012 and 2013, respectively, for ship-wide facelifts and a different look with a new dark blue hull. The plans include adding a caviar and champagne bar and a new Chef’s Table concept.

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