The thread heading and original post, as well as most of the post content here has pertained to Carnival's escapades (not other sub-companies). Stats on other sub-companies seem off-topic. I'd even agree with you that the Costa reference was off topic, as while Carnival owns them too...the problems it encountered had little to do with mechanical issues. Comparisons with other cruise lines would seem appropriate when comparing Carnival itself to something of equal stature. Carnival has been in the news alot the past year, and it's based upon their own doing. Even the stats support that. Not all cruise lines operate with the Carnival maintenance policies or history. Most important, Carnival's problems have tainted the industry as a whole. Since some folks like stats, then the 18% reduction in cruise bookings since the Carnival Triumph debacle demonstrates it. A real shame.