If you had been on Costa Concordia when the ship capsized, I asked my friend Moustafa, an Egyptian-born U.S. citizen and a devoted family man, which escape strategy would you prefer: all families together or women and children first?
A psychologist could probably write an entire dissertation on why tragedies and disasters seem to engender catch phrases and T-shirts. 9/11 had its “Let’s Roll” and in the cruising world, the 2010 Carnival Splendor Fire led to shirts stating “I Survived the 2010 Carnival Cruise Spamcation.” Only days after Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized, [...]
Precisely how is a captain supposed to act when a large ship encounters an emergency such as the one Costa Concordia faced on Friday night? Hitting the history books, we found a scenario with some similarities to Friday’s accident — but with a captain who reacted a lot differently.
In light of the capsizing of Costa Concordia over the weekend – a disastrous event in which 12 people died, more than a dozen are still missing and its captain is under house arrest on manslaughter charges — it’s not an unfair question to ask: Is cruising safe? It certainly wasn’t for passengers and crew [...]« go back