Brilliance of the Seas arrived in UK port of Harwich Tuesday from a three week, $30m drydock in Cadiz, Spain with a host of new dining concepts, entertainment options, carpets and soft furnishings throughout.

The more than $300m in extra measures Carnival Cruise Lines is layering on to boost the reliability of technical systems and, in the event of a power loss, passenger comfort, will take place in stages on a ship-by-ship basis, Gerry Cahill told Seatrade Insider on Wednesday, while also stressing that blackouts are very rare.

An Italian court on Monday began hearing prosecutors’ arguments for charging Costa Concordia Capt. Francesco Schettino with manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.

An Italian judge has fined Costa Crociere €1m ($1.3m) in administrative sanctions related to the Costa Concordia incident.

Italian prosecutors have requested a trial for Costa Concordia Capt. Francesco Schettino on charges including manslaughter, the Associated Press reports from Rome. AP said prosecutors also sought the indictment of five others the wire service identified as ‘crew’ but did not name. A Costa spokesman told Seatrade Insider the company had no comment.

One year on from the Jan. 13 capsize off Giglio, the cost of Costa Concordia’s salvage has ballooned to $400m, eight people may face criminal charges, and compensation for most passengers and crew has been settled. A smaller number are pursuing legal action.

Sunday will be a day of remembrance in Giglio for the 32 people who died when Costa Concordia hit the rocks one year earlier, on Jan. 13.

After the hearing, the spin. Much as after any US presidential debate, the pre-trial hearing into the Costa Concordia disaster that ended in the Tuscan city of Grosseto on Friday was followed by a rush of statements designed to decode the events of the preceding days for a rapt public and, not incidentally, press the case of the leading protagonists.

Experts testifying at a pre-trial hearing into the Costa Concordia disaster have strongly rebutted claims by the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, that absent his decisive action in running the vessel aground off the island of Giglio many more would have died.

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.

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