Monday, February 27, 2012

Costa Allegra Adrift

Not again. There is a giant cruise ship in trouble.

An Italian cruise liner carrying more than 1,000 people was adrift without power in the pirate-infested Indian Ocean on Monday, February 27, 2012, after a fire erupted in its generator room. Officials said the blaze was extinguished without causing injuries.

The fire aboard the Costa Allegra (two images above) occurred only six weeks after one of its sister ships, the Costa Concordia (see below), hit a reef and capsized off Italy, killing 25 people and leaving seven missing and presumed dead. Both ships are operated by Costa Crociere SpA, which is owned by the Florida-based Carnival Corporation.

Like a scene from the movie Titanic that came true...

Tug boats from the island nation of Seychelles were steaming to the powerless Costa Allegra, which was carrying 636 passengers and 413 crew members. But the tugs were not expected to arrive until Tuesday afternoon at the earliest. Italian coast guard officials said a large French ocean fishing boat could be the first vessel to reach the stricken cruise liner late Monday night.

Read more here.

Thanks to Andrew Griffin for the heads up.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I prefer to vacation on solid ground, thank you. When you think about it, every boat ever built has or will someday sink or be dismantled. One can't trust that a boat will stay afloat.