What started off as a trip at sea ended as a tragic accident. On January 13, Costa Concordia cruise ship hit underwater rocks and ran aground off the Isola del Giglio in Italy. There were 12 known fatalities and at least 20 people missing according to an article on BBC news.
This incident has left many people to wonder, exactly how safe are they at sea?
“The news of the accident has affected my opinion of the safety of cruises, said Daniela Membreno, who went on a cruise to the Bahamas last year on Celebration cruise line. “It’s made me think that being in the in middle of nowhere surrounded by nothing but water is an unsafe idea,” she added.
“I never wanted to go on a cruise in the first place and I’ve always had a fear of cruises, I don’t like big ships,” said Brandy Thurman. When asked about the Costa Concordia accident she said, “That would influence me even more to not go on a cruise; I would prefer to fly there.”
However, not everyone is worried about cruise security despite news of the accident.
“This was one accident and it doesn’t happen all the time,” said Gabriel Gil, who went on a Disney cruise last year to a private island and the Bahamas. It hasn’t affected my decision to cruise, I feel very safe while cruising,” he added.
Many people blame Francesco Schettino; the captain of the Costa Concordia, for the accident. Schettino allegedly, “ordered the turn too late” and is criticized for leaving the ship before all passengers had evacuated, he is now on house arrest, BBC News reported.
Carnival cruise lines; who owns the Costa Concordia said that they will conduct a “comprehensive audit and review” of all safety procedures, according to an article by the Montreal Gazette.
There are a few things potential cruise goers can do to make sure the cruise line they are considering is up to par with their safety standards. For example, do research on specific cruise ships to see if they have a record of any accidents.
Also, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention grades cruise ships on their sanitation. Check out their website to see which cruise ships received a satisfactory grade and which did not.