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Old November 18th, 2003, 08:43 AM
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Default Tragedy not on Cunard site

Maybe it's just the sentimental part of my brain ...
I am absolutely amazed that, while the world's media felt that last week's tragedy was suitable for coverage, and Cunard officials issued Press Releases, no where on the official Web site is there even a MENTION of the accident.
Wouldn't you have thought that there would a "message of condolence"?
We took a cruise with them 9/25 Eastbound and are seriously considering a Rio and World cruise for 2004-2005. But if Cunard wants to sweep this problem under the rug and not even type one word of acknowledgement on their own Web site, I think it speaks volumes. Clearly it is for corporate propaganda only. There are other "brands" that are perhaps more in touch with their staff and contractors?

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Old November 18th, 2003, 08:58 AM
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You make a fair point. A lot of corporate home pages do NOT espouse "news" as part of their overall advertising on their site. But when they do... you'd think the news would be reasonably objective, and should such a disaster befall the company, they could at least make a reasonable statement of condolence and plans for assuring safety of passengers and workers.

Here's the latest "news" as listed on Cunard's site as of today:

"http://www.cunard.com/AboutCunard/NewsReleases.asp?Cat=&View=ViewArticle&Mode=News&C ontentID=3994"

"November 13, 2003
QM2 successfully completed her final series of sea trials."

"Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 returned from the sea for the second time on Tuesday having successfully completed her final series of sea trials off the Brittany coast. ... ETC..."

Yet NO mention of the disaster that befell their workers' families only two days later.

COME ON, CUNARD!! It's not like nobody knows about it. You have a big loyal following here (and elsewhere). At least own up to what has happened.

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Old November 18th, 2003, 02:11 PM
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Cunard HAS a heart: Please read message Cunard has just posted on their site:


In response to the news that a tragic accident occurred when a temporary gangway collapsed at Alstom Chantiers, the shipyard that is building Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2, the line’s President and Chief Operating Officer Pamela Conover issued the following statement: “On behalf of all of us at Cunard, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those who were killed or injured in this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with their friends and relatives at this time of sorrow.”

Date Posted: 11/15/2003 (???)
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Old November 18th, 2003, 02:47 PM
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No way, no how, was that posted 11/15/2003. Either they read our complaints here or someone complained. That was NOT there this morning. Not like this would need content approval. Sorry, this is a Cunard avoiding bullets. Thanks for pointing it out ...
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