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Another Italian Cruise ship in distress

Old 02-27-2012, 08:40 AM
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The Costa Allegra is adrift in the dark more than 200 miles southwest of the Seychelles, near Alphonse Island.

The ship is from the same fleet as the Costa Concordia, which capsized off the Italian coast in January, killing 32.

Costa Cruises said in a statement that the fire broke out in the electric generators' room. It did not spread and there were no injuries or casualties.

Inspections of the state of the engine room are on-going, the company says.
Ship immobilised

Tugs and "other naval and aerial units" will reach the ship, which has sent out a distress signal, Costa Cruises says.
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Commander Cosimo Nicastro of the Italian coast guard told the BBC that it took the crew a few hours to extinguish the fire.

Although the ship is in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there are "no problems for the passengers".

However the ship probably needs to be towed to a Seychelles port, he said.

There are no electric lights on board the ship as the batteries are being used to keep essential machinery going.

The Italian authorities have directed three merchant ships and two fishing vessels towards the stricken liner.

The authorities in the Seychelles say they have sent two tug boats, a coastguard ship and an aircraft to the scene.
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There are 636 passengers and 413 crew on board the Costa Allegra, which left Madagascar on Saturday.

It was due to arrive in the Seychelles on Tuesday.

The Costa Concordia ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio on 13 January.

The Concordia's captain, Francesco Schettino, has been accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all those aboard were evacuated. He denies any wrongdoing
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:59 AM
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Yet another reason for my wife and I not to ever set foot on a cruise ship. I like how they state "no problems for the passengers"....yeh right.
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Why did this go to the bilge in 2 posts?

LOL--why did my browser skip from the bilge to here in an instance?

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I wonder how much it would cost to book a vacation for an Italian cruise right now?
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Originally Posted by Boatless33 View Post
I wonder how much it would cost to book a vacation for an Italian cruise right now?
Any amount would be TOO MUCH. FREE would be too much...IMO.
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The ship had a Fiat engine.
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The Italian Navy, slightly better than the Italian army.
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Originally Posted by Boatless33 View Post
I wonder how much it would cost to book a vacation for an Italian cruise right now?
If I did, I'd book a balcony.

And I'd pack a life raft and an EPIRB.
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