17 Jan '12, 3pm

What now for the cruise industry?

It has been a terrible week for the cruise industry with a tragic loss of life after the Costa Concordia cruise ship (in service since 2006 ) ran aground shortly after leaving the Italian port of Civitavecchia. 11 people have already been confirmed dead and a further 24 are still missing. A full investigation is underway but already it would seem that the Captain, Francesco Schettino, is getting the brunt of the blame – from the media, from passengers and, perhaps most tellingly, from Costa Cruises themselves, who wrote “preliminary indications are that there may have been significant human error on the part of the ship’s Master, Captain Francesco Schettino, which resulted in these grave consequences”. In addition to the terrible human tragedy of this event, it seems likely that there will be implications for the cruise industry as a whole. Costa Cruises’ parent company, C...

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