Deep Impact of Costa Concordia


The word "terrorism" would never be associated with the Costa Concordia, yet the impact of that disaster on cruising is somewhat similar to what 9/11 did to flying.

Security has been continually accelerated at airports over the last decade, often to the point of annoyance. In cruising, it's just the beginning.

Tomorrow at 8 p.m. (EDT), CNN will broadcast Cruise To Disaster, an investigation of "safety issues in the cruise line industry with a focus on the Concordia." It comes almost seven months after the Concordia joined everyone's vocabulary — had the special been delayed nine days it could have aired on a Friday the 13th, the same day as the accident.

Meanwhile, and presumably this will be part of the show, the cruise industry has continued stepping to attention.
In April, two major cruise line organizations made it policy for all muster drills to be held before departure (600 of Concordia's 3,200 passengers did not attend a drill). Last week, more policy changes. The one that will have the greatest impact on all cruisers is muster drills that will surely be longer and more detailed.

Those of us who cruised before January 13, 2012 have likely all rolled our eyes at yet another muster drill…like the flight attendant's instructions about how to fasten our seat belts. The 15 minutes we are accustomed to spending at a muster station is likely to be extended, perhaps doubled, because of the procedures crew members are now bound to complete.

And, according to CNN, "more changes to safety procedures are expected in the coming months."

Meanwhile, the wrecked ship still lies on its side in Mediterranean waters near Italy. Its 17 fuel tanks have been emptied and it will be floated and towed to Civitavecchia, near Rome, probably about nine months from now. Her ultimate fate is uncertain.

It wasn't terrorism that did this, but it was a night for terror for the people on the Concordia.

Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas
14 nights
September 21, 2012
Southampton, Gijon, Vigo, Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Fort Lauderdale
Inside: $885
Cost per day: $63

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  1. george kay says:

    I watched that show on CNN. I found it potrated the cruise industry in a very bad light. Everyone who was interviewed had nothing good to say about the cruise industry especially Carnival. Carnival was chosen as a target/scapegoat)  and no one mentioned Royal Caribbean Internationl or Norwegin Cruise line. The person who wrote the story had an axe to grind with the cruise industry and especially Carnival. They didn't point out that accident rate in the cruise industry is lo . I've cruise many times and always found the crew very professional in the knowledge and attention to the passenger's well fare.  

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