April 10, 2007
Cruise Critic Members Respond to Sea Diamond Incident
Passengers Still Missing; Evacuation Procedures Probed
Sea Diamond Captain, Officers Charged with Negligence
Divers Search for Missing Sea Diamond Passengers
Louis Cruise Lines' Sea Diamond: A Brief History
Under the Captain's Table's Joyce Weighs In
Greek Ship Sinks; Two Passengers Missing
Passengers Evacuate Listing Greek Cruise Ship
Travel Guard Offers Free Help to Evacuees
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.