Carnival Cruise Lines takes break from social media

Miami-based cruise giant made announcement on Facebook page

MIAMI - In the wake of the tragedy off the coast of Italy, Carnival Cruise Lines is taking a break from social media, like Facebook and Twitter.

The Miami-based cruise line posted the following statement on its Facebook page on Thursday: "Hi, everyone. Out of respect for all those affected by the recent events surrounding our sister line, Costa cruises, we are going to take a bit of a break from posting on our social channels. We will still be actively listening and answering any questions you have about your past or upcoming cruises, but for now, the majority of our time will be spent focusing on all those affected by this event. We thank you again for all your support."

On Tuesday, Carnival CEO Micky Arison tweeted, "I won't be as active on Twitter for the next while. Helping our @costacruises team manage this crisis is my priority right now. Thnx."

Carnival's $450 million Costa Concordia was carrying more than 4,200 passengers and crew when it slammed into well-marked rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio after the captain made an unauthorized diversion Jan. 13 from his programmed route. The ship then keeled over on its side and is still half-submerged nearly a week later.

Eleven people have been confirmed dead in the disaster and 21 others are still missing.

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