Media Minute: When an apology isn’t enough
By Jerry Brown, APR
And give the company credit for refunding passengers’ fares, paying their expenses to get home, giving them cash on top of that and offering them a credit for a future cruise.
But everything I’ve read so far indicates Carnival has fallen short on one important count: They haven’t told us what they’re doing to prevent similar disasters in the future.
The Triumph is the second Carnival ship disabled by fire in the past three years. An engine room caught fire on Carnival’s Splendor in November 2010, forcing passengers to endure unflushable toilets and other conditions similar to those found aboard the Triumph, also disabled by an engine-room fire.
Even without the earlier incident, Carnival omitted a key step when it comes to crisis management and crisis communication.
They acknowledged the problem and apologized. But fixing the problem and telling us how they’ll prevent it from happening again are vitally important. They haven’t done that yet.
That’s my two cents’ worth. What’s yours?
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