A deep sea diving craft (essentially a robotic submarine) plunged into the Aegean Sea today to search for two French passengers still missing after the grounding and sinking of Louis Cruise Lines' Sea Diamond last week off the coast of Santorini.
At this point, the cruise line has not announced whether the ship will be replaced, and what will happen to its remaining itineraries; in fact, the last official statement on its Web site is dated April 6. However, the word in Greece is that Sea Diamond will be replaced, according to Under the Captain's Table columnist Joyce Gleeson-Adamidis. In the meantime, those booked on future cruises will be moved to the Emerald, another ship in Louis' fleet (previously chartered to Thomson Cruises of TUI AG).
In other news, Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met with Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyiannis today, according to the Athens News Agency; Karamanlis said state services responded "flawlessly" during the Sea Diamond rescue operation.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor
Image appears courtesy of Cruise Critic reader Mike Falciani.