Concordia's refloating was completed late Tuesday, and the wreck is due to leave Giglio on Wednesday.
AmaWaterways' christening for its newest river vessel had a traditional Bavarian flair. Godmother Brenda Kyllo arrived by horse-drawn carriage to the Vilshofen pier where an oompah band played and the garlanded AmaSonata was flanked by 14 rugged Böllerschützen (marksmen) in lederhosen.
A woman who claims she was raped on a cruise, a personal injury attorney and a passenger who was aboard Carnival Triumph when the ship lost power after a fire are among the witnesses who will address the Senate Commerce Committee's hearing on cruise ship safety.
The cruise industry needs a network of waste reception facilities in order to increase its recycling rates, and ship operators should be offered refunds to make recycling commercially more viable, whilst a globally standardised container system for landed waste would cut logistic costs and reduce handling time.
A flotilla of boats—from tugs and spill recovery vessels to a sailboat carrying marine mammal observers—will accompany the Concordia wreck to its final destination: Genoa, for scrapping. A French navy ship is to monitor part of the journey. The departure from Giglio has been delayed until Wednesday.
Total ships: 28
Total berths: 91,515
Total Order Book Value:$22,105,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$273,472