Costa Offers Survivors 30% Off... a New Cruise

Victims slams 'insulting' compensation, plan class action lawsuit

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 23, 2012 2:31 AM CST | Updated Jan 23, 2012 5:30 AM CST

(Newser) – The cruise line that operated the doomed Costa Concordia has a strange way of compensating the victims of its shipwreck—30% discounts off a future cruise, provided survivors stick with Costa Cruises, reports the New York Daily News. “The company is not only going to refund everybody, but they will offer a 30% discount on future cruises if they want to stay loyal to the company,” said a spokesman for the cruise line. There's been no word of any refunds for flights customers have bought for future Concordia cruises.

“It is a ridiculous and insulting offer,” says one survivor. Instead, lawsuits are being launched against Costa Cruises in Italy and the US, with 100 survivors expected to join a class action suit against the company this week in Miami. Passengers in the Miami lawsuit are seeking about $160,000 each, which would total $513 million for all 3,206 passengers. Costa Cruises also denied yesterday reports it had unregistered passengers on the Concordia, according to the New York Times.

The cruise ship Costa Concordia lies on its side off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, yesterday.
The cruise ship Costa Concordia lies on its side off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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