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My experience of the tragic accident on Costa Europa at Sharm

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My experience of the tragic accident on Costa Europa at Sharm

Firstly I should like to say how very sorry I am to learn of the fatalities on board ship. I hope Costa help and support their families.

 

We were so enjoying our cruise and the places visited. Our cabin was on Deck 5 in the middle of the ship (inside cabin)

 

On the morning in question we were woken up at 4am after hearing 2 very loud noises we both shot out of bed and realized the ship was beginning to tilt.

The air con was not working and we heard shouting from some where on the ship. Every one looked out of there cabins wondering what was happening. We thought we were still at sea at that moment as we were supposed to dock at 6am (after leaving Safaga again I gather 1 hour early.)

We all waited for an announcement to be made - but nothing. (I now realise the crew had more important sad things to deal with)

We waited and waited - it was getting very warm as there was still no aircon. I looked out of the cabin and saw some of the ceiling lights going out further down the corridor.

My friend and I chose to get dressed and dithered should we go up on deck or wait for an announcement re the life jackets or should we take them up with us - but chose not to take life jackets as we didn’t want to create panic.

Any how we chose to venture up. I’d like to thank a Swedish gentleman at this point if he reads this forum - he took my hand and helped me thru the doors on to the deck - I felt safe at that moment! Thank you - and he was rather nice! Oh dear I digress!

 

There was a strong smell of fuel not sure if diesel or petrol but any how defo fuel and the crew were sat on the stairs wearing their like jackets - some were very distressed. At that time we didn’t know why.

 

On deck as I remember the deck floor was dry but weather very windy - but that’s nothing new at sea - and having crossed the Atlantic in Nov/Dec 4 months ago in force 11. It did not appear to be bad weather to me. I always wake up if the weather is bad but only the noise woke me.

We were so relieved to see we had docked - felt safe. - Even though the ship began to list in the opposite direction dramatically. We didn’t know why - but of course we do know now

 

At 5am an announcement was made in German, Italian, French and then English etc

We were told words such as the situation is being assessed and to go back to our cabins and “return to your normal activities"

We went back to our cabin - still strong fuel smell - one German guy took a cigarette out and was about to light it! He got short shrift from me!

 

We were still very worried because the ship was tilting so badly and things were falling off the table etc in the cabin. We chatted to other people wondering what to do. Then eventually at about 6am another announcement told us to pack our cases as quickly as poss. - leave them and queue up in the corridors to evacuate the ship. I could not even pull my cabin door closed - it was too heavy and tilting the wrong way.

 

We stood in the corridors for almost 1 and half hours trying to get off - no air a few of the lower staff were trying to get people out in wheel chairs and stretchers. I found this the scary time - the corridors are quite narrow - no natural light and so hot the queue hardly moved - but eventually we did come to the stair section - but of course every one was trying to get out - and we were all coming from different directions and it was just a bottle neck.

Some passengers insisted on bringing their big cases and arguments broke out - I did not like the human nature/behaviour of some passengers. Had we been in a situation out at sea some of the passengers would not have followed any procedure to form lines for life boats etc. Talking of life boats a couple of the passengers watched the staff life boat drill - one boat when they eventually got it down had a faulty engine one boat almost came down on top of another - I stress I did not see this but 2 sensible people told me this -

We eventually managed to get off the ship - and to breath fresh air was wonderful - it was then we heard of the fatalities - We felt so very very sad and if any one reading this knows of the friends of those people please say that so many of us really appreciated all the hard work they do and had done for us all.

We eventually arrived at a lovely hotel in Sharks Bay at Sharm - after waiting and waiting still not knowing where, what, why etc

 

Again only young Costa staff doing their best

 

We were told nothing, at no point did we see or hear from any officer - I felt the young inexperienced crew had to deal with us all - some people and I will not name the nationalities but their behaviour was a disgrace. To the point of a young lad who was at the hotel asking us all “where do you need to fly to get home.”

Two and I will say at this stage Germans were so rude to this poor Costa rep because they hadn’t bothered to queue up with the rest of us. They accused him of having nothing to do with Costa

The poor lad became so upset and shouted “I am a Costa man and I have lost my friends they are dead” These silly Germans still did not understand even then (they spoke good English) how rude they were and had been.

 

We were eventually put on a plane and arrived back at Gatwick at about 10 .30pm yesterday 28 Feb.

We were met by Costa reps and we stayed at the Hilton. But that is all they do - yes they get us back to the UK but offer no help beyond that. We were tired, had qued for hours over the two days and it is stressful as well as dealing with heavy cases.

 

We are of course so lucky to be alive unlike the poor people who perished -

My personal quick thoughts are

Costa does not have any people in authority to deal with the public when things go wrong.

Those young inexperienced people who dealt with us deserve medals and pay rises matching the officers.

We did not see or hear from any officer during this incident

I feel the weather was not that bad and surely you slow down when approaching a harbour?

I have heard no pilot was on board ship

I am home now thank God but still feel weepy -

Take care and God Bless

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Thank you

Yes I am very lucky - but I can't understand why I feel weepy - I am quite a strong old bird really!

Take care X

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Summersday,

 

Thank you for taking the time in supplying the very first hand account from a passenger as to what happened, especially as it much have been a very tiring time.

 

Glad you and your family made it home safely.

 

Ron

PS. Why not name the nationalities!

Edited by Blu*Donau

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Welcome home Summersday & thank you for the insight of your experience on Europa. It was a shock to everyone, moreso for you & the other passengers.

 

Sadly at times like that you will always see the not so nice side of human nature, I spose it is inevitable in many ways...not that it is excusable cos it certainly is not.

 

Sounds like the cruise had been really great til the accident, such a tragic way to end what was a happy time on board.

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I usually get told off when I go on about the Germans French and Italians!!!!

For some reason I now have a soft spot for the Swedish!!!!!!!! - thanks you've made me laugh!

Although there was one English lady who claimed to be an Egyptologist - who was an absolute pain - I told her to queue up - but she ignored me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh well can't win 'um all!

Take care

PS - Correction to my first post - I flew home Saturday 27th NOT 28th

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So glad you are home safely. It is enlightening to read a first hand account, some threads on this topic have gotten quite heated! Hope the experience won't put you off planning anither cruise either?

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Thanks for all your replies

I have just re-read my post - I have so many spelling mistakes in it - sorry

My mind moves quicker than my fingers can type!

 

Not sure about any future cruises - I'm stuck in the corridor at the moment - but I am sure it will pass and I do love travelling - I take pills to get on a plane - so perhaps I'll have to take them to get on the ships now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Take care

C:)

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Thank you for sharing your experience with us. As much as we love cruising, there is always the remote fear of something awful happening. When a tragedy like this does occur, it does bring home how frail things can be. I am glad you got home safely, but it must have been very scary at times. I'm not sure I would have coped as well as you did! Take care!:)

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Summersday, thank you for your post. I think after awhile your tears will stop. This was a terrible experience for you. You made it off safe and still kept your compose. Some people will never do what they are told even if it for their own safety. You did great. I will remember your post. Good luck to you. Maureen

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I am so glad that you are home safe.

 

Thanks for taking the time to write your first hand accounts of your ordeal.

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Thank you, summersday, for relating your experience on that tragic day.

I heard that 3 crew members died in that accident, and another one later on - from his wounds. Our deepest sympathy goes to the afflicted families.

 

I appreciated highly reading your message, which appears to me very reliable, and unbiased.

I travelled once with Costa in the Red Sea, and the Golf of Aden, and experienced - like you - a lack of communication from the officers, probably to avoid panic, I supposed.

 

I would like to ask you a question because I was very surprised and sceptical when I read on another forum about that accident. I read from a person (who I found is working somehow with Costa according to her profile) that the communication on board was transparent (??) The passengers were told that your cruise was being 100% reimbursed + a 50% reduction on your next cruise. I wander if it is true?

Thank you very much for your insight.

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Cruise critic news has info re reimbursement.

 

If we are offered a full refund and 50% of another cruise I am wondering 50% of what - is it 50% of a cruise with no flights included - if so then it’s not much.

From my point of view a full refund is in order but the effect the whole situation is having on me since the accident has surprised me. At the time adrenalin takes over there are times when you feel scared but you have people around you.

Afterwards 2 days of queuing for busses, hotel, hotel rooms, and flight information with hardly any sleep compounds the situation. Flying home to Gatwick was a problem as my travel arrangements were from and to Heathrow. We were put up at the Hilton at Gatwick but it was 2am before we got to bed because we had to queue yet again to sort out onward travel. There was only 1 computer which could be used. 3 or 4 Costa staff standing around with clip boards - I asked do you have a lap top we could use to speed things up - but they weren’t interested.

Again I know people were killed and I am soooooooooooooooo sorry about that - and I am safe and alive

Costa is a large company - in fact the day the accident happened we turned the TV on at the hotel to find an interview with the Chairman and Chief Executive of Costa showing off their new ship. I thought it in bad taste - it could easily have been pulled and not shown at that time.

I shall be expecting a full refund and further payment - I hope to cruise again but not for a while I can’t get the horrid feeling of being stuck in the corridor all that time.

 

Any how today the case will be unpacked and the washing done - so it will be a taste of normality for me which will help

 

PS If an officer had spoken to us I feel it would have lessoned the panic or fear - we need to know some one is in charge.

A good example of this was at the hotel in Sharm again we didn’t know which buses we had to use and people were trying to get on to the wrong bus but a very credible Egyptian porter took control and told every one what to do. He had stature and command.

Take care

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To be fair to Costa I'm sure what was on TV didn't even enter their heads with so much else to deal with. But thank you for posting your experience of what was such an awful situation. It must've been very hard on the creww too.

Edited by mochuck

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Dear summersday,

The lack of communication from the officers is exactly what we deplore the most from this company (and some others) when incidents or even worse accidents do occur, and I see that we are not alone to feel so helpless, and at their mercy.

What was the name of the Captain on that particular ship?

Take care, and thank you again.

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No sorry I have chucked the ships daily paper which had his name printed on it.

He was a very short thin guy with black hair - infact in the photos all the passengers were taller than him!

As far as looks go I can't believe he was in charge of the boat.

Take care

C

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Thanks for your posts, summerday. Glad to hear that you arrived home safely.

I'm sad about the news of the tragedy, since my very first cruise was on a Costa ship. My prayers are with the passengers and crew.

Luis

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Thank you, C.

I was wandering if it was the same Captain as the one we had last year on the Costa Europa (total lack of communication, but superb itinerary). I can see it is not.

There are many discussions going on on another Forum (VoyageForum.com) but it is in French only. May be you can read French or there is always a possibility of electronic translation with google or yahoo! Babel... If you are interested, I can give you the exact address of those discussions.

M

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No sorry I have chucked the ships daily paper which had his name printed on it...............C

I found his name: Giancarlo Cha....

Another deadly accident arrived today on the Louis Majesty: 2 passengers died, and 6 were wounded in the Mediterranean Sea in Spain (a huge wave broke the front ship windows. It is not easy to travel safely lately...

Many thanks! M

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I'm not sure if that is the right name -doesn't look right - it had three names to it and i think shorter words?????????????

 

take care

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Are there any Swedish people reading this forum?

 

Only I can't get the kind man out of my mind who helped me thru the door on deck, I hope he's ok.

I thanked him in German - but he was most put out and said I am not German but Swedish!

On a lighter note I remember thinking God he's nice the ship would heve to go down now!

Its strange how we think of such silly things in serious situations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I have spoken to several people we met on board - they have been sent a disclaimer form etc

 

Offering full refund of cruise

Voucher to the value of 50% off another cruise - but they think it’s only the cruise - no flights included and can not be used in connection with any other promotional offer - so in that case they are hardly worth any thing.

We are still waiting for our paper work I gather it’s supposed to arrive today.

We didn’t book thru Virgin but I have to say I was very impressed with them as a company - at the hotel Virgin was the only rep there with a large Virgin board going around so their customers could ask questions. I didn’t see any other reps only the Costa one who had far too much to deal with - I also heard Virgin sent bouquets of flowers to their affected clients.

So I shall consider them when booking in the future :)

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I'm not sure if that is the right name -doesn't look right - it had three names to it and i think shorter words?????????????

 

take care

Do you recognize him? (in the middle)

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I found a lot of documentation

by looking on Google and searching for: Giancarlo Cha (pr.: Ka)

Take care. M

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We were aboard this ship as well and still have not arrived home. Costa flew us (the Canadians and US residents) from Sharm El Sheik to Rome telling us we would then be sent to our final destinations. We were in Rome on standby since February 28th. Costa would send an agent from Cima Tour every other day reiterating information would come, day by day went by until finally on March 3rd we were told Costa just wanted us to take our regularly scheduled flights home that were scheduled for most on March 4th (what was supposed to be the last day of the cruise). Aparently Costa had decided all along that they had no intention of flying us home on February 28th, instead they strung us along thinking they would get us home.

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We were aboard this ship as well and still have not arrived home. Costa flew us (the Canadians and US residents) from Sharm El Sheik to Rome telling us we would then be sent to our final destinations. We were in Rome on standby since February 28th. Costa would send an agent from Cima Tour every other day reiterating information would come, day by day went by until finally on March 3rd we were told Costa just wanted us to take our regularly scheduled flights home that were scheduled for most on March 4th (what was supposed to be the last day of the cruise). Aparently Costa had decided all along that they had no intention of flying us home on February 28th, instead they strung us along thinking they would get us home.

 

Oh my god! Talk about making a bad situation so much more worse! You've been waiting for days to get home? I can't imagine there is any other excuse..it is certainly far cheaper for Costa and parent Carnival to have you fly on your regularly scheduled flights than do the decent thing and get you home asap.

 

These tragic situations bring out ANY company's true colors...and the consumer rarely gorgets when they are treated badly.

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We were aboard this ship as well and still have not arrived home. Costa flew us (the Canadians and US residents) from Sharm El Sheik to Rome telling us we would then be sent to our final destinations. We were in Rome on standby since February 28th. Costa would send an agent from Cima Tour every other day reiterating information would come, day by day went by until finally on March 3rd we were told Costa just wanted us to take our regularly scheduled flights home that were scheduled for most on March 4th (what was supposed to be the last day of the cruise). Aparently Costa had decided all along that they had no intention of flying us home on February 28th, instead they strung us along thinking they would get us home.

What a situation! Did you have a chance to visit Rome? Or were you waiting at the hotel (paid by Costa I suppose) for your flight?...:confused: M

Edited by MoniqueMontreal

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I am wondering how your luggage caught up with you.

Your story says that you were to pack your bags and then what.

And people in the hallway were glared at for dragging their suitcases.

Just wondering in case I'm in the same situation of evacuating a ship at port.

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The most frustrating part is being strung along by Costa and not hearing the truth as soon as they decided they wanted passengers to take their original flights home. If we knew that when we were flown to Rome from Sharm El Sheik then at least it would have prevented the waiting game that we went through. Some people were given 20 minutes notice of their flights, so we were weary to go do any day trips out of Rome in case we heard anything back (which we never did!) We called and emailed Costa several times (I'm scared to see what our long distance bills are going to look like as I doubt Costa will ever recuperate those costs!) Aparently Costa US was the one making decisions about our flights, but since there's a 6 hour time difference from Italy, the Italy and US office would only have 3 hours per day to communicate and make decisions for us b/c heaven for bid we be put on any priority lists for them to work any overtime to get us home! We couldn't call any 1-800 numbers from Italy, so I would have to call my sister in the US who would then set up a conference call with the 1-877 number for Costa as we couldn't connect any other way...we have now continued on with our trip as there is no point sitting and waiting for Costa to do anything for us...Costa seemed to take care of some passengers while leaving others to fend for themselves, we're still not sure how they decided who they were going to help, etc., but it sure wasn't us!

 

As for the luggage, we were told 'we were invited to pack our luggage' after the announcements on the ship, so we quickly through everything into our luggages as soon as we could and left them in the stair hallways of the ship. Thankfully we had brought decent sized backpacker backpacks, so I was conscious enough to pack what we needed for a few days in case we never got our luggage. In terms of the luggage, we were fortunate to receive it at the hotel the evening the ship crashed, but others did not receive their luggage or had to wait to get it at the Sharm Airport a few days later. Advice - pack your belongings on the ship and make sure all your luggages are tagged very clearly! We had left our cabin number tags on our luggage which I'm sure helped as well.

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Thanks for all your concerns, we appreciate it as I've seen other passengers getting slammed for their 'me, me, comments', but until you're stuck in the situation and given no information from Costa, the situation worstens as frustrations rise not knowing anything!

 

And yes, that was our captain : Giancarlo Cha and that was a pic of him posted above :-)

 

All of the statements from Costa say that Costa has flown everyone, so many lies as we won't be getting home until March 9th.

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We were aboard this ship as well and still have not arrived home. Costa flew us (the Canadians and US residents) from Sharm El Sheik to Rome telling us we would then be sent to our final destinations. We were in Rome on standby since February 28th. Costa would send an agent from Cima Tour every other day reiterating information would come, day by day went by until finally on March 3rd we were told Costa just wanted us to take our regularly scheduled flights home that were scheduled for most on March 4th (what was supposed to be the last day of the cruise). Aparently Costa had decided all along that they had no intention of flying us home on February 28th, instead they strung us along thinking they would get us home.

 

stuck in rome? OMG! :rolleyes:

 

seriously, though, rome is a fantastic city. there are millions of worse places to get stranded. i hope you got out and made the best of it.

 

i hope you had insurance. it should cover many of the additional expenses (like the long-distance calls) you incurred due to the trip being interrupted. i always buy it and the policeis i've had in the past would have covered the lost airfare (assuming Costa did not already reimburse you for that).

Edited by CtheW0rld

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Our cases were sent to our hotel in Sharm that same evening - although some people didn't get there's until arriving at the airport the next day.

We were not told when our flights would be - we were promised a "note would be put under the door in the night"

The first we knew of the flight was a porter knocking on our door saying I have come for your cases - again panic to dress and shut the cases again - then we had a long wait in reception and didn't have any lunch as were were concerned we would miss the coach.

 

I am sorry you have been stuck in Rome - yes its a great city but it doesn't matter how wonderful a city is you can't enjoy it - when having had such an experience. All you want to do is get home.

We were exhuasted when arriving home the weeping has stopped but I don't want to go out or explain any thing to any one - this forum has helped me a great deal in getting things off my chest - Thank you

I have since found out some passengers ordered taxis to get home from Gatwick and the rep said Costa would pay - we asked the same question and he said "they may pay" so we travelled on the National Express coach

 

I rang my Lloyds travel insurance and they said I have to deal with Costa -as I suppose its their fault.

Take care every one X

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By the way Costa‘s pay out is as follows as I understand it.

 

They will repay the full cost of the cruise package.

 

50% in vouchers towards another cruise - BUT it is only 50% of the cruise component above (excluding the flights and transfers)

 

No service charge to pay - and drinks/tours etc not charged (dam we didn’t take any)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I have spoken to a few people from the ship since my return home

 

Some people are happy and signing the disclaimer

 

Quite a few and insisting on cash as apposed to vouchers - that’s what we are going to do - I know it will take ages but I am not sure I want to take a cruise in the near future

 

Also there are a couple of people who are going to sue Costa

 

And of course although we are taking about flights, money loss of cruise - we have not forgotten those poor people who perished. I hope Costa will support the families in some way.

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The most frustrating part is being strung along by Costa and not hearing the truth .......have prevented the waiting game that we went through. ............

 

. Who will pay for your hotel nights while in Rome?

. I do understand why you could not enjoy your visit in Rome while waiting for news from Costa... We feel so helpless when communication is so deficient...

. As for

Costa seemed to take care of some passengers while leaving others to fend for themselves, we're still not sure how they decided who they were going to help....................

We experienced it. just an exemple: At the end of our cruise with Costa in 2008, we were asked to leave our cabin at 4h AM,(this is true...!) and leave the ship at 6h AM... First, we did not believe it... We tried to fight, of course - to no avail. At 4h00: knock! knock! on our door... etc. And there was no ship terminal at that place (Ile Maurice)... BUT another couple which we met on the cruise (from the same city as ours, same cabin category) were told «no problem, your time is ours» It happens that that lady put on her profile that she was a travel agent... Analyze that...;)

I am happy to have other choices of cruise companies... believe me...:) M

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I have spoken to 6 passengers this morning on the phone - they are not happy about the 50% of the cruise component section - in other words not including flights.

As one mentioned we have to fly to board a Costa cruise.

So all 6 couples are not going to sign any thing until they are assured it is “50% of the cruise they had taken - therefore including the flight element”

 

By the way Jambalaya07

Are you the lady I spoke to by the bus at Sharm - I said Oh are you Canadian and on the Cruise Critic forum????????

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Our party of four were situated on deck 6 and had departed the ship by 6.30am.Passengers were still leaving at 10.30 so we consider ourselves fortunate to be some of the first to disembark.

We finally managed to get seats on the coach for deck 6 passengers at 10.50 am and arrived at our hotel (Grand Rotana) by 11.15am and took breakfast prior to checking in.

Although there was chaotic activity on the dock whilst we tried to get seats on the coach,we thought that Costa had done an excellent job in finding hotel rooms for over 1400 passengers in 5/6 hours (assuming that they had begun this task around 6am when the instruction to disembark was given).

It was at our hotel where the situation disintegrated somewhat.

We were witness to the young man from the Entertainment Dept in a very agitated state but did not hear the comment that precipitated his outburst.This was while we were waiting to leave the hotel.The fact that we had to queue to find which departure list we were on did not help the situation and it was obvious at this point that Costa wanted us off the premises as soon as possible.

He had taken our information on Saturday and had acted in a totally professional manner despite being under severe pressure from clients of all nationalities.We believe he was given this task due to his multilingual skills.

It was outrageous that he did not receive any support from Senior Personnel from the ship (who were conspicuous by their absence) and in the end was unable to sustain the battering he received.I saw him shortly after his outburst and the young man was inconsolable.He deserves the highest praise for his efforts.

We also believe that Costa did a good job with the hotel arrangements in London.We did have to wait a short while in the airport before walking to our hotel but at least we did not have to wait for transport to be bussed offsite to a different hotel.

The fact that we were onsite meant that we were able to spend a little longer in bed.

Regarding compensation etc offered by Costa,we were amazed at the speed of the offer and indeed the amount offered.

We immediately signed the acceptance letter.

We were in similar situation several years ago when the Carousel went aground off Cancun and the cruise was abandoned and we had to spend the full two weeks in a hotel.The compensation offered by Airtours was derisory and after taking out a Small Claims Court action we only received our claimed amount prior to the court appearance 10 months later.

The offer by Costa was to us far in excess of what we thought was likely to be made (from previous experience).

We did after all take two-thirds of the cruise.We did take excursions and have drinks from the bar etc.It would seem feasible that they offer to reimburse for the missed part of the cruise and also offer compensation to cover for distress caused etc.

We have in effect taken a cruise at zero cost.

We have also been offered a future cruise at a substantial discount irrespective of having to add on flight costs.

The danger in pushing for the discount to be paid in cash etc is

that Costa could quite simply withdraw the offer made meaning that Small Claims Court action would have to be taken to simply retrieve what is already being offered.The maximum amount claimable is £5000 and the final decision is taken by a judge who might believe Costa's offer was appropriate.

Of course our sympathies are with the families of the deceased and it is highly regrettable that we are even having to have this correspondence at all.

We will no doubt hear in the future the reasons for the tragic

accident and it might be that Costa have made the offer to head off any future legal action by passengers.Off course those passengers hurt in the accident may well believe that legal action is the appropriate way to proceed.

For ourselves,we believe (particularly if it is proved that Costa are not at fault) that the offer made is acceptable and we await the outcome.

 

Best wishes to you all.

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Thank you, Glueman, for this factual, and very informative response!

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Was there a proper boat drill on this ship? On my first cruise on the Thomson Celebration, we actually had to get our lifejacket and go up to our muster stations and be accounted for before we were all dismissed.

On subsequent cruises on Ocean Vilage, RCI and Princess it has all seemed a bit slapdash, just taking your lifejacket to the theatre and being shown how to put it on.

We are due to go on the Dream in May, so I am hoping it will all go ahead OK.

So glad that all the passengers were OK, but it seems like it was very chaotic and my thoughts are with the crew members who died. They are such wonderful people and get paid so little. On the Ocean Village, one chap fell in the sea while trying to re-attach the tender boat. Luckily he was rescued and was OK, but they certainly earn their money.

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We are thinking of booking Costa Luminosa in September. It makes me wonder. But all in all what was the cause of the deaths? Were they passengers or crew? Some kind of explosion?

 

This is very confusing.

Many thanks for setting us straight.

 

Julie

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Hi Summersday - unfortunately I can't recall if it was me who you spoke with at the sharm pier, the morning was so chaotic I can't remember who I spoke to about what ;-)

 

MoniqueMontreal - the 3 unfortunate deaths were caused when the ship hit the pier...it happened to pierce a large hole in the stateroom of 3 employees and the water flooded in :-(

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Hi Jambalaya

It was outside the hotel we were waiting to get on the bus to go to the airport. The ladies hsband was from the Middleeast I think.

Any how I hope you are well and getting back to normal:)

Take care

CX

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