At the anniversary of the Concordia disaster, Ned Levi examine safety improvements made by the cruise industry to ensure cruise ship passengers and crew will be prepared in case of a serious accident, which will likely prevent panic and keep the calm among passengers and crew which will save lives in case of an accident.
Ned Levi discusses Seabourn’s muster drill procedures which require every passenger participate in every muster drill or suffer serious consequences, in comparison to the new Costa Cruises safety initiatives which he found insufficient, and how muster drills, as part of a cruise line’s safety plan help prevent injury and loss of life in cruise emergencies.
In the wake of the Costa Concordia tragedy, Costa Cruises has announced and implemented 7 safety initiatives. Ned Levi has reviewed the initiative and found some are good new initiatives, some implement industry policy, some are commonsense, some window dressing and one badly misses the mark. Each of the initiatives are discussed.
Last month Ned Levi discussed international cruise ship regulations in light of the Costa Concordia tragedy. Also last month CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) announced a compressive operational safety review. Ned discusses the first new rule upgrade coming from the safety review, and why he’s found it disappointing.
Last week Ned Levi looked at the maritime regulations which are in force for cruise ships and recommended changes, in light of the Costa Concordia tragedy. This week Ned offers safety tips for cruisers, so they are prepared in case an emergency occurs to help them ensure their safety, along with family, and friends traveling with them.
If anyone hadn’t heard of Costa Cruises before this weekend, they sure do now. Although, as of Monday, the story has moved to the inside of the front sections of U.S. newspapers the repercussions will reverberate through the cruise industry for months if not years and it is still front-and-center in Europe.
Dubai has had some significant financial turmoil the past few months, but that has not deterred cruise vacationers to the embattled emirate as it is quickly becoming a must-see port of call. More cruise lines are placing ships in Dubai for the winter season, but no cruise line has dedicated more ships in the region than Costa Cruises.
Take two Italian cruise ships, Italian food, Italian wine, Italian luxury and over-the-top Italian pomp and circumstance in the Italian city of Genoa and what do you get? A ‘fantastico’ experience. Such is the life when “Cruising Italian Style” aboard the brand-new Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica.
Texas residents Shirley Campbell and Cynthia Jeffries had planned to spend several weeks cruising Europe on the trip of a lifetime. The friends booked two back-to-back cruises on two different cruise lines. The first cruise was great. But the second cruise caused Campbell to become very ill, which forced her to abandon ship. Why? Too much cigarette smoke.
At this time of year, just about everyone devotes a column to predictions for the year ahead. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I can tell you the shape of things to come on the high seas in 2009: no fuel supplements (for now), massive tonnage, new luxury, greener ships, ship makeovers, and — would you believe? — zip-lining and a carousel.