I've been glued to the TV most of the week watching the coverage the tragedy in Italy with the Costa Concordia. As a Navy Veteran I'm absolutely flabbergasted that the Captain abandoned ship before everyone else was off. Now he's saying that he "tripped and fell into a life boat." Seriously!? Does he really think that anyone is going to believe that? What a dishonorable loser.
Oddly, this horrible accident hasn't seemed to color my opinion about the cruise industry and that it is a fairly safe way to travel. Of course, my only cruise so far has been with Disney, and I guess I feel that they truly look out for the safety of both guest and cast.
I've read on Cruise Critic that many lines sailing through Europe don't have a crew that speaks much English, and that this was an issue when the Costa passengers were trying to evacuate. I think that just cements my love of Disney and the Disney Cruise Line. I know that when sailing with the Mouse that I'll be able to get emergency instructions in my native language. Luckily they do Med Cruises, so if I want to sail in Europe I'll still have an option.
Has this accident effected anyone else? Would it stop you from cruising? Does it make you love the Disney Line even more?