Alarm, life vests and lifeboats: Cruise ship docks

The Associated Press‎ –

Eleanor rushed to their cabin to get a life vest. Gordon was pushed in another direction. The scent of smoke grew stronger aboard the disabled cruise ship. Then the lifeboats dropped.The Athens, Ga., couple — married 50 years last June — couldn’t find one another.

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Costa Concordia survivors tell Congress they felt ‘betrayed’

USA TODAY
By Bart Jansen, USA TODAY WASHINGTON – In the wake of the sinking of the Costa Concordia that killed 25 people in January, a Senate panel Thursday will look into safety, tax and environmental laws governing a cruise ship industry that carried 11 million North Americans last year. “I believe we must ask why an industry that earns billions pays almost no corporate income tax,” says Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the transportation committee having the hearing. “The environmental practices of the industry are unconscionable.”

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Costa Allegra: Relief as cruise ship docks in Seychelles

BBC News
It is from the same fleet as the Costa Concordia, which sank off the Italian coast in January, killing 32 people. Italian investigators were waiting at Victoria port when the ship docked to question the crew. The Costa Allegra’s captain Nicolo Alba said passengers “were never in any danger”.Chris, one of over 1,000 passengers who stepped ashore, said those on board “thought the worst had happened”.

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Costa Concordia survivors speak out

msnbc.com
During a hearing held Wednesday in Washington, DC, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee reviewed US cruise ship safety regulations as well as international safety standards and heard testimony from Costa Concordia cruise ship survivors.

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No one ‘deserves to die’ on vacation, Costa Concordia survivor says

MiamiHerald.com
By Angela Greiling Keane Passengers aboard Costa Concordia were repeatedly told not to panic or abandon the sinking vessel off Italy’s coast because the trouble was “generator failure,” a survivor told US lawmakers. Divya Sharma told a House panel today she was eating dinner about four hours after boarding the cruise ship with her husband, Sameer, to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. The couple from Medford, Mass., said they decided to end their dinner, step over broken glass dishes and retrieve life jackets that Divya had spotted in their cabin closet, ignoring the crew’s assurances that all was fine.

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Costa Allegra fire: second accident after Costa Concordia sinking

Northern Voices Online
Passengers have been provided basic help after Costa Allegra fire, as the cruise ship reached Seychelles. It is second accident after Costa Concordia sinking Costa Allegra has finally reached the Seychelles after being stranded in high seas following fire in generator rooms. The fear stricken passengers looked bewildered while coming out of the ship that had no electricity, running water or many other essential products for several days.

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