The crew of a Princess Cruise ship came to the rescue of five Jamaicans on Monday who said they had been drifting in their small boat in the Caribbean for three weeks.
At their first annual gathering since the Costa Concordia disaster off the coast of Italy, cruise industry leaders have gathered for the annual convention in South Florida to press for a commitment to safety and express confidence that the resulting lull in business is only temporary.
Stung by rising fuel costs, the Miami base Carnival Cruise Line’s net income dropped 13 percent in the fourth quarter.
Saturday was a big day at Ft. Lauderdales’ Port Everglades. More than 53,000 cruise passengers arrived or departed on eight ships, setting a new record for port terminal traffic on a single day.
Higher fuel costs, unrest in the Middle East and the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake and nuclear disaster caused some rough seas for Carnival Cruise Corp.
Miami based Carnival Corp. saw their annual revenue jump 8-percent to around $14.5 million last year but CEO Micky Arison took a hit. He received about $7 million in compensation, a three percent decrease from the prior year.