Lets talk about the most serious incident first. Costa Allegra, sister ship to the Costa Concordia, is currently adrift off the coast of the Seychelle Islands. A 4:30 am fire forced the crew to shut down all the propulsion systems. Tugboats and rescue vessels have been dispatched to help those aboard.
Thankfully nobody was hurt, but my guess is a lot of people, 1000 to be exact, are wondering if they should have their heads examined for vacationing with Costa.
How is Costa going to bounce back from this one? I'm not sure it can. Carnival may well have to rebrand the line or risk losing its investment.
|Costa Allegra Sails Into a 2009 Sunset|
Finishing up this grim round-up: 22 passengers of the Carnival Splendor were held up during a ship-sponsored nature hike outside of Puerta Vallarta in Mexico. As with the Costa Allegra incident nobody was hurt. Carnival reports that its reimbursing passengers for their losses.
Will all this add to the downward trend of cruise pricing? Frankly, I don't see how it can't. Stay tuned....