Monday, February 27, 2012

A little of this and a little of that

It appears that the cruise industry has dodged a bullet and is doing ok in wake of the Costa Concordia incident, as bookings remain consistant with previous Wave seasons. Concordia has been almost completely emptied of fuel and is scheduled to be cut into pieces and removed in the coming months, this is also good news.

More bad news for Costa today, Costa Allegra incurred an engine fire, has lost power and is drifting in the Indian ocean. We are told that all passengers and crew are fine, and that the bridge has been in communication with authorities and tugs are en-route to pull her to the nearest port to disembark all passengers as soon as possible. More news as it happens.

This is really bad news for Costs, who is now 0-2 in safety. I am starting to wonder if this storied company will survive these incidents. Will customers overlook these incidents? It will become more clear as time passes and new births are sold and at what price point they are forced to sale them at.

In other news, MSC Poesia, has cancelled their Mediterranean cruises in October of 2012, calling it a "Refurbishment". Customers are receiving fare price protection, as well as $50 per person on board credit and airfare and hotel changes are being paid, or customers can opt for a full refund of their cruise fare.

In other news, the AP is reporting an Argentine province turned away two Carnival Corp. cruise ships early Monday, seeking leverage against Britain in the country's sovereignty dispute over the Falkland Islands.

The Star Princess and Adonia ships were refused entry to Argentina's southernmost city of Ushuaia early Monday after stopping at the islands en route to Chile. The decision was made by the provincial governor a month after the Falklands government turned away the same Princess ship, citing health safety reasons, after it had stopped in Argentina.

Carnivals John Heald is back on the high seas as of last week on the Carnival Magic out of Galveston. Take a look at his daily blog here.

Happy cruising!

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