Poll Position: A Pitstop in Giglio

September 24, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

More than eight months since the tragic sinking of Costa Concordia off the coast of Giglio, Italy, officials are working to remove the wreck and decide on a punishment for the captain whose poor judgment allegedly caused the accident.
With all sorts of talk about a proper memorial for those who lost their lives, we wondered whether cruisers will go out of their way to pay the site a visit.
What we asked: Would you visit the Concordia site in Giglio?
What they said: A whopping 61 percent said it doesn’t interest them at all. Another 19 percent said it would be disrespectful. A further 15 percent said they’d like to pay their respects, and the remaining 6 percent said they’re undecided, but either way, it’s too soon.
What it all means: When we took to Facebook to get additional comments from our readers, most said they weren’t interested either way, but several, including Lorinda Dishington Ortiz, said they’d go if they happened to be in town already: “If I was in the area I would definitely stop to pay my respects. I wouldn’t make a special trip to Italy just for that, though.”
Others opted for answers that weren’t part of the poll, including this powerful one from Laurie Whitney Willits: “I am a survivor and I would like to go back under better circumstances and say thank you to all the people of Giglio who helped in any way that awful night!”
What are your thoughts? Would you visit? Leave your comments below.
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    2 Responses to “Poll Position: A Pitstop in Giglio”

    1. Jeff
      September 24th, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

      I personally wouldnt make it a ‘pilgrimage’ as per se but, if I was traveling there of course I would like to see it. I do feel the it should be handled as respectful as possible for the people who lost loved ones in the wreck. The wonderful people of Giglio who helped should also be aknowledged also.

    2. Nick
      September 24th, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

      I would…I would also sail on the concordia if she was repaired and put back in service.

      Rebuild the ship and make a deck a memorial for those who died on her..
      The ship is still new and to good to be scraped.
      Dont ever let the captain be in charge of any ship ever again.

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