This Week in Cruise: Judge Dismisses $75-Million Costa Concordia Lawsuit

One Costa Concordia accident lawsuit filed by more than 1,000 businesses on Giglio, Italy, against Carnival Corporation and its Costa Cruises brand was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last week.

As Carnival Corp. had requested, the judge dismissed the $75 million class action lawsuit, citing a “Forum Non Conveniens” doctrine. In other words, the judge ruled that legal action was more appropriate to be handled in Italy rather than the United States.

Holland America Line promoted Andrew Sherry to senior director, pricing and demand, reporting to Beth Bodensteiner, VP, revenue management. In his new role, Sherry is responsible for the overall yield performance of Holland America Line’s cruise product. His team will oversee pricing promotions, as well as product training, deployment and strategic planning. Five pricing and demand managers report to Sherry.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway is launching in late April 2013, featuring a spa with the first-ever salt room at sea and state-of-the-art fitness facility offering a variety of fitness options. The combined spa and fitness area spans two decks, encompassing more than 23,000 square feet. Norwegian Breakaway’s tranquil Mandara Spa will feature the first-ever salt room at sea. Salt room therapy has been proven to alleviate respiratory and skin ailments, strengthen the immune system, promote better sleep and have a long-term positive impact on overall lung function.

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