Costa Concordia Insulting
January 24, 2012 by staff
Costa Concordia Insulting, • A separate voice recording showed Capt Schettino pledging to be the last man on the ship, suggesting erratic behaviour and that he lied to the authorities.
• Divers recovered the ship’s safe from the captain’s cabin along with the body of a woman they found in a submerged corridor
The offer for future discounts is being made by Costa Cruises, which operated the Concordia and whose parent company is Carnival, the world’s largest cruise operator.
Passengers were also being sent letters by Costa detailing how to claim for lost valuables and offering a full refund on the voyage.
Lawyers plan to sue both in the US and in Italy, with more than 100 passengers already reported to have joined a class action that is to be lodged in Miami this week.
Each is reported to be demanding between £100,000 and £1 million in compensation.
A spokesman for Costa Cruises said: “The company is trying to do everything they can for those passengers directly affected.
“The company is not only going to refund everybody but they will offer a 30 per cent discount on future cruises if they want to stay loyal to the company.”
Costa’s chief executive, Pier Luigi Foschi, who estimated that the impact of the disaster on his firm was £60 million, had expressed confidence that the group would be able to “find a solution that, in the material sense, would satisfy” the passengers.
However, Brian Page, 63, a retired accountant from Southampton, who survived by sliding from one side of the deck to another to find a lifeboat, said: “It is a ridiculous and insulting offer. I’m very disappointed in them.
“They are not accepting their responsibilities at all. Our only back-up is separate legal action.”
Costa Cruises has laid the blame on Capt Schettino, who steered the liner on to rocks and then abandoned ship before all the passengers got off.
But lawyers for the passengers will claim that Costa Cruise ships had “regularly” deviated from the correct route.
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