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Big cruise lines post onboard crime data for first time amid Congress pressure for accuracy

MIAMI - For the first time, the three largest U.S.-based cruise lines are posting on their websites more comprehensive data about allegations of serious crimes committed aboard ships. The move Thursday by Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line comes amid growing pressure from Congress and victims groups for greater accuracy about crime at sea.

Following fires that damaged ships, 2 cruise line execs appear before Senate committee

WASHINGTON - The presidents of Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International defended their industry and their practices to senators Wednesday following two recent high-profile fires that damaged ships. In February, Carnival's ship Triumph was left without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine room fire. Thousands of passengers endured squalid conditions while the ship was towed to Mobile, Alabama.

Captain of cruise liner disaster seeks new plea deal

By Gabriele Pileri and Silvia Ognibene GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) - Lawyers for Francesco Schettino, captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner, will again request a plea deal in a trial over the disaster in which 32 people died, his defense said on Wednesday.

Trial of Costa Concordia captain resumes in Italy

By Catherine Hornby ROME (Reuters) - The trial of the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which capsized off Italy's coast last year killing 32 people, resumes on Wednesday after it was delayed by a lawyers' strike earlier this month. The trial will examine one of the most dramatic marine accidents in recent Italian history, when the huge liner struck a rock outside the port of Giglio in January 2012 and keeled over on to its side, setting off a chaotic night-time evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and crew.

Costa Concordia captain trial delayed by lawyers strike

By Antonio Denti GROSSETO, Italy (Reuters) - The manslaughter trial of the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which capsized off Italy's coast last year killing 32 people, began on Tuesday and was immediately suspended because of a lawyers' strike. The giant Concordia flipped on its side outside the Tuscan port of Giglio in January 2012 after it struck rocks during a maneuver that brought it too close to shore.

Carnival CEO Micky Arison steps down after three decades

By Chris Peters June 25 - Cruise operator Carnival Corp's <CCL.N> chief executive of three decades, Micky Arison, will relinquish the helm next month to be replaced by a long-time board member whose last CEO job was running an artificial sweetener maker more than a decade ago.

Carnival profits from lower fuel prices and cost-cutting; vacationers hesitant to book cruises

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Passengers remain hesitant to book cruises, despite deep discounts. But that didn't stop Carnival Corp. from eking out a $41 million second-quarter profit thanks to lower fuel costs and the timing of some administrative expenses. The Miami-based company also announced Tuesday that Micky Arison, who has been CEO since 1979 and is the son of Carnival co-founder Ted Arison, is being replaced by Arnold W. Donald, who has served on the company's board for the past 12 years. Arison will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

Cruise industry vows to protect passengers in new bill of rights

The cruise industry has adopted a passenger bill of rights that promises, among other things, to provide a partial refund for voyages that are terminated early due to mechanical failures and allow cruisers to disembark a docked ship if essential provisions run out. Drawn up in the aftermath of the Carnival Triumph disaster earlier this year in which passengers were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico following an onboard fire, the bill of rights has been signed by the CEOs of major cruise lines belonging to the Cruise Lines International Association.

Cruise industry vows to protect passengers in new bill of rights

The cruise industry has adopted a passenger bill of rights that promises, among other things, to provide a partial refund for voyages that are terminated early due to mechanical failures and allow cruisers to disembark a docked ship if essential provisions run out. Drawn up in the aftermath of the Carnival Triumph disaster earlier this year in which passengers were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico following an onboard fire, the bill of rights has been signed by the CEOs of major cruise lines belonging to the Cruise Lines International Association.

Cruise industry association announces member companies adopting passenger bill of rights

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The cruise industry said Wednesday that it's adopting a passenger bill of rights that guarantees the "safety, comfort and care" of guests. The bill of rights promises, among other things, full refunds for trips that are cancelled due to mechanical failure, and a backup power source on every ship to keep systems running in the event of a main generator failure.
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