Costa Concordia’s sister ship is adrift in Indian Ocean

Boston Herald
A sister ship of the cruise liner that ran aground in Italy last month was adrift Monday in the Indian Ocean with 636 passengers on board, including eight Americans, after a fire broke out in the engine room. No casualties or injuries were reported on the Costa Allegra, which is owned by Costa Cruises, the same Italian company that operates the Costa Concordia. A fire broke out in the electric generator room, but was promptly extinguished. The fire did not spread to other parts of the ship, but the engines were stopped. The cruise ship sent out a distress signal, summoning tugboats and naval ships to its location, about 200 miles southwest of the Republic of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, in an area known to be frequented by pirates.

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Towing of stricken Costa Allegra crusie ship ‘going well’ despite course

National Post
By George Thande VICTORIA — A stricken cruise ship owned by the same company as the submerged Costa Concordia was being towed on Tuesday by a French tuna fishing boat to the Seychelles’ main island, the liner’s owner said. An engine room fire on the Costa Allegra knocked out the ship’s main power supply in the Indian Ocean on Monday, leaving it adrift with more than a thousand people on board — including 13 Canadians — in waters vulnerable to pirate attacks.
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French fishing vessel reaches drifting Italian cruise ship and begins towing …

New York Daily News
AP Monday’s fire on the Costa Allegra immediately raised fears, since it occurred only six weeks after one of its sister ships, the Costa Concordia, hit a reef and capsized off Italy, killing 25 people and leaving seven missing and presumed dead. A French fishing vessel on Tuesday began towing an Italian cruise ship drifting powerless in the Indian Ocean to a nearby Seychelles island, but was not expected to reach the tiny resort island until Wednesday. Authorities said they are making arrangements to evacuate people to the island of Desroches and then to transfer the more than 1,000 passengers and crew members to the main Seychelles island of Mahe by plane and fast boats.
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Carnival Cruise Lines passengers robbed in Mexico on Puerto Vallarta shore …

Daily Mail
The party, which had been sailing on board the 113300-ton Carnival Splendor were forced to hand over their valuables and passports during the robbery, but none of them was injured. Carnival Cruise Lines confirmed the incident and said it had suspended the tour on all future sailings until further notice. It also raises questions about the safety of tourists in Mexico, where drug-related violence has gripped the country since 2006.
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Carnival Cruise Ship Allegra Towed to Island After Fire

28 (Bloomberg) — A Carnival Corp. cruise liner is being towed to the Seychelles after a fire erupted onboard, the second accident involving one of its vessels in six weeks. The Costa Allegra currently is being towed by a French fishing vessel. Two tugboats are being sent to the Allegra by the Seychelles Port Authority and they will reach the cruise ship “this afternoon.”

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Mssing Costa Concordia crewmember’s kin anxious

After a lull of 42 days, the parents and relatives of missing Indian national Russell Rebello are anxious again, after they learnt that eight more dead bodies have been recovered from Italian Cruise liner Costa Concordia. It might be recalled that the liner hit a rock and sank off the Tuscan Coast, Italy on January 13.
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Moldovan dancer ‘kissed’ Costa Concordia’s captain

Zee News
London: A Moldovan ballet dancer, who was allegedly dining with the captain of Costa Concordia before the Italian luxury cruise ship capsized, has admitted to sharing a passionate kiss on the evening of tragedy. Domnica Cemortan, who was accused of causing the sinking of the Costa Concordia by romantically distracting Francisco Schettino, has given her first full newspaper interview ‘to set the record straight’.

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