Costa Unveils New Ship, Cuts Ticket Prices
Following the Jan. 13 cruise ship accident in which the COSTA CONCORDIA capsized off the coast of Italy, Costa Cruises has been trying to repair its tarnished image. Costa, part of the British-American company Carnival Cruise Lines, has not only been cutting ticket prices, it also christened a new flagship — the COSTA FASCINOSA — on May 5.
Costa’s efforts appear to be working. According to Reuters, Costa experienced a 25 percent annual rise in bookings last month, and Costa Chairman Pier Luigi Foschii said, “Costa has bounced back and booking volumes are back to the same levels recorded this time last year.”
As Costa Cruises attempts to move forward and attract new customers, the ill-fated COSTA CONCORDIA sits off the coast of Italy near the island of Giglio, a sad reminder of the 32 lives lost just four short months ago. Captain Francesco Schettino remains on house arrest and could face criminal charges, and the ship removal process is set to begin this month. Meanwhile, the passengers who lived through this terrifying ordeal and the families who lost a loved one are left wondering why this tragedy happened as they try to move on.
Victims of any cruise ship accident, including the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster, may be entitled to compensation from the cruise line, but they must act quickly or the window for filing a claim will pass them by. An experienced maritime attorney protects victims’ rights and knows what steps to take in order to hold cruise lines accountable for their negligence and the negligent actions of their employees.
Have you been injured while onboard a cruise ship? Are you a victim of the COSTA CONCORDIA disaster? Contact a Boston maritime attorney today to learn about your legal rights.
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