Cruising after Concordia

Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 |
The incident of the Costa Concordia running onto rocks on the 13th of January was a tragedy, and our sympathy is with the victims, who number 11 at the latest count with 23 missing, and their families and friends. Let us also spare a thought for rescue workers and ordinary workers who worked tirelessly to pull people to safety and care for them onshore.

The question for many cruise lovers or those considering a first cruise after this tragedy is, "is it safe?" A valid question, and the answer is yes- as safe as it has ever been , which is often significantly safer than land based holidays. The closed community of a ship, with security in many places, is generally a secure environment. The industry is well-regulated, and crime aboard ship is usually publicised out of proportion to crime on shore. Walking around in a city is more dangerous than walking around a cruise ship! That doesn't mean to say that it is ok to throw all thought of personal safety out of the window. Do not invite strangers to your cabin, do not get blind drunk, do not linger in deserted corridors/decks at night alone, do not jump or lean over the railings. Apply common sense on a ship as you would on land. Also, be safe with your self and your belongings when on a port visit- you are more likely to be a victim there than on the ship.

by Ali West Flickr Creative Commons

As for damage to the ship- yes, this does occur, as has been evidenced in previous years and with the terrible events of this month in Italy. However, the days of not enough lifeboats for the amount of passengers are long gone. A disaster on the scale of the Titanic is very unlikely to be repeated! Statistically, ships are safer than hotels when it comes to fire and are much, much safer than driving as a way to travel- they are, as a rule and recent events aside, commanded by professionals who have done many years of study to captain a ship. Ship safety records are very good when the huge amount of sailings and passengers each year are taken into consideration. Be prepared: your responsibility as a passenger is to pay attention during the lifeboat drill and know your muster station to be prepared for the very rare eventuality of an accident.

Author: Ryan Posa+

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