Costa Concordia

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Concordia Widower Dives to Reef to Leave Plaque

Italy's Coast Guard helps him leave tribute to wife

(Newser) - The husband of an Italian woman who died when the Costa Concordia cruise liner rammed a reef and capsized has left a memorial plaque on the sea bed near the reef. Accompanied by Italian Coast Guard divers, Elio Vincenzi plunged into the pristine waters off Giglio island in scuba diving... More »

Costa Concordia Captain Offers Some Kind of Apology

Francesco Schettino says he's sorry because 'it's normal that I should'

(Newser) - The captain who was "distracted" when the Costa Concordia sailed smack into a rock finally took to TV yesterday to at last say sorry, though it doesn't sound like the passion quotient was too high. "When there's an accident, it's not just the ship that'... More »

After a Day Adrift, Stricken Cruise Ship Arrives at Port

Azamara Quest lost power after a fire, had 1K people aboard

(Newser) - A luxury cruise ship stranded at sea for 24 hours because of a fire has safely reached a Malaysian port. The Azamara Quest was adrift off the southern Philippines for 24 hours with 1,000 people aboard after flames engulfed one of its engine rooms Friday night. It restored propulsion... More »

3 More Bodies Found on Cruise Ship

28 bodies have now been found aboard Costa Concordia

(Newser) - An Italian official says searchers have found three bodies in the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which struck a reef off an Italian island in January. Today's development raises to 28 the number of bodies found. Four people remain missing and are presumed dead. Franco Gabrielli, the... More »

Costa Concordia Captain Forgot His Glasses: Lawyer

'Schettino had left his reading glasses in the cabin ': first officer's attorney

(Newser) - The Costa Concordia's captain wasn't wearing his glasses and told the first officer to handle radar duties for him on the night disaster struck off the coast of Italy, according to the first officer's lawyer. Speaking at a pretrial hearing today in the Tuscan city of Grosseto,... More »

French Boat Towing Stranded Costa Cruise Ship

Costa Allegra due to arrive at Seychelles island

(Newser) - A French fishing boat is towing the Costa Allegra to the Seychelles after the Concordia's sister ship lost power yesterday , officials say. The more than 1,000 people aboard the ship will be evacuated to Descroches island, and then sent to the Seychelles' main island, Mahe. A pair of... More »

Fire Sets Costa Sister Ship Adrift

No one hurt after engine-room crisis

(Newser) - Another public relations nightmare for operators of the Costa Concordia —though this time, no one was hurt. Concordia sister ship the Costa Allegra suffered a fire in its engine room, prompting the engines to be shut off some 260 miles from the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Now the... More »

Child's Body, 7 Others Found on Costa Concordia

5-year-old Italian girl believed to be youngest victim

(Newser) - The body of a 5-year-old Italian girl, believed to be the youngest victim of the Costa Concordia disaster, was discovered today, along with seven other bodies. Due to the treacherous conditions, rescue officials weren't sure how long it would take to surface all the bodies from the deck where... More »

Lawyers: Cocaine Found on Cruise Ship Captain's Hair

But it's not clear whether Francesco Schettino took the drug

(Newser) - Some potentially bad news for the captain of that cruise ship that sank off the coast of Italy: Lawyers representing survivors say traces of cocaine were found on a sample of Francesco Schettino's hair, reports AP . But then it gets a little confusing: No cocaine was found in his... More »

Italy Begins Salvaging Cruise Ship Fuel

Costa Concordia believed to hold 500K gallons of heavy fuel oil

(Newser) - Italian officials have begun operations to salvage some 500,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil from the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship, reports the BBC . Dutch salvage company Smit is performing the operation, which has been delayed by bad weather and the search for survivors; the salvage is expected to... More »

Divers Rescue Teddy Bear From Costa Concordia

After little boy's father asks Giglio residents for help

(Newser) - At this point, dives into the Costa Concordia wreck usually involve recovering bodies, but divers recently got a break from that grim task for a more bittersweet rescue operation: recovering a little boy's teddy bear. The mayor of Giglio asked the divers to find the bear after seeing a... More »

Venice: Cruise Ships Are Killing Us

Tourism surging, residents worry about Costa Concordia disaster

(Newser) - Fragile, waterlogged Venice has long been unhappy with the onslaught of ever-larger cruise ships that inundate its picturesque port. But the wreck of the Costa Concordia has sent fears soaring, and many in the city are calling for regulations to cut down on the 650 cruise ships that come to... More »

6 Cruise Survivors Sue for $460M

Lawsuits could sink Costa Concordia operator

(Newser) - Six surviving passengers from the Costa Concordia are suing Carnival Cruise Lines for a whopping $460 million—$10 million in personal damages, and $450 million in punitive damages. The suit was filed in Florida, where Carnival is based, by a lawyer who says he's part of a coalition representing... More »

Italy Calls Off Search for Cruise Victims

16 still listed as missing, but conditions too dangerous

(Newser) - The 16 passengers of the ill-fated Costa Concordia still listed as missing will likely remain that way: Italy today called off the search for their bodies, saying conditions are too dangerous to allow rescue workers to proceed. The decision was made following technical studies of the ship's damaged hull,... More »

Costa Concordia Wreck Will Take Months to Remove

Locals worried about cruise ship's environmental impact

(Newser) - It could take as long as 10 months to remove the downed Costa Concordia from the reef off the island of Giglio, and residents are starting to worry about the impact the wreck will have on tourism and the environment. Another blast was set off in an underwater compartment, but... More »

Rough Seas Curb Costa Search

Weather also postpones fuel extraction from cruise ship

(Newser) - Rough seas delayed efforts to search and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship near Italy's Tuscan coast today, MSNBC reports. Rescue divers, who have found a 17th body on board, made for shore to await better weather conditions. The high winds also postponed plans to start extracting 500,000... More »

Costa Survivors to Get $14K Each

16th body found in cruise ship disaster

(Newser) - Well, it's better than 30% off your next cruise : Costa Concordia survivors will each walk away with $14,400 in compensation, says an Italian tourism industry group. The payout covers damaged and lost property, as well as psychological distress, and includes reimbursement for the trip plus travel costs, CNN... More »

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

Victims slams 'insulting' compensation, plan class action lawsuit

(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... More »

Costa Captain: Bosses Made Me Perform 'Sail-Pasts'

Costa Cruise captains do them for publicity: Schettino

(Newser) - The captain of Costa Concordia insists his bosses ordered him to sail close to land for publicity-boosting "salutes," the Telegraph reports. Sparking a war of words with Costa Cruises, Captain Francesco Schettino says that "Costa was aware of the frequent practise of cruise ships performing sail- pasts.... More »

13th Body Pulled From Cruise Ship

Unidentified woman was wearing life vest

(Newser) - Divers have pulled the body of a woman in a life vest from the wreckage of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, reports the AP , raising the death toll to 13. The unidentified woman was discovered in the rear of the ship, in an underwater section. At least 20 people remain... More »

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