Crystal Cruises said it is nurturing the trend of multi-generational travel and family groups by adding connecting staterooms.

Some 1,500 mainly Asian passengers explored the new restaurants, entertainment and refreshed accommodations of Legend of the Seas on a two-night sailing from Singapore to Malacca following the ship’s $US50m revitalization at Sembawang Shipyard.

Another massive public turnout for Hamburg Cruise Days over the weekend underscored the popularity of cruise tourism as a German market survey indicated the impact of the Costa Concordia incident has faded.

Horizon, the new 1,440-passenger CDF Croisieres de France ship, is scheduled to sail its first cruise from Marseille on Sunday following an extensive refurbishment.

Costa Crociere is leveraging pricing to build bookings in what chairman and ceo Pier Luigi Foschi described as a ‘multifaceted and rather complex’ marketing strategy. At the same time, Costa aims to mend its image by reaching out to influential media in the hope of getting a fair shake.

In one of its first major sales initiatives following the Costa Concordia disaster, Costa Crociere on Saturday named Lotus Destinations as its gsa for India as part of an immediate push into this emerging market that focuses on promoting short, near-term Mediterranean and Asia cruises.

Carnival Corp. & plc reported a first quarter loss of $139m, or 18 cents per share, and sharply cut its earnings forecast for the full year to $1.40 to $1.70 per share, down from $2.55 to $2.85, largely because of the impact of Costa Concordia. The year-ago profit was 19 cents per share.

Costa Concordia will not sail again for Carnival Corp. & plc, Micky Arison told Seatrade Insider on Friday in one of his first interviews after the deadly wreck. He also described the ‘terrible feeling’ of first hearing about the accident, underscored the staying power of the Costa brand and praised the crew for evacuating more than 4,000 people.

After Costa Concordia knocked the wind out of what began as a strong wave season, bookings are starting to come back. But the recovery is patchy—faster in North America than in Europe, and sales are stronger among experienced cruisers than novices, Royal Caribbean said today in cruising’s first detailed appraisal of what Richard Fain called ‘an unheard of event for our industry.’

Costa Concordia has hurt new bookings but thanks to ‘a very robust starting position’ before the incident, Royal Caribbean’s booked load factors and pricing are still higher than at the same time a year ago, the company said today.

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