Costa Concordia wreck draws new wave of ‘disaster tourists’

This week’s news that the capsized Costa Concordia won’t be moved from its watery grave off Italy’s Tuscan coast as quickly as planned comes amid a boom in day-trippers eager to get a glimpse of the doomed cruise liner. The ship ran aground near Giglio Island last Jan. 13 with 4,000 people aboard; 32 were killed. Locals say hotel bookings and vacation rentals are down on Giglio, in part because of Italy’s economic crisis. But the picturesque island – so off-the-beaten-track that most guidebooks mention it in passing, if at all – is drawing a new breed of visitor.

Costa Concordia salvage may be delayed until spring

ROME – Officials say the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship will not be moved from its resting place off Italy’s Tuscan coast as quickly as planned. Giglio island Mayor Sergio Ortelli told reporters Monday that the timetable for removal of the liner, now lying on its side off the island’s port, has been pushed back.The Italian government office overseeing removal said in a statement that the Concordia should be set upright and able to float again by the end of spring 2013, ahead of Giglio’s next tourist season.
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Defective Design and the Costa Concordia

Carnival Corporation, and its subsidiary, Costa Cruises, face an onslaught of litigation relating to the January 2012 accident in which a Costa Concordia Cruise Ship ran aground and capsized. Shocking, right? The most recent lawsuit filed in Florida state court alleges, among other things, a products liability claim alleging the ship’s hull and power systems were defectively designed.
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Crowds flock to Concordia
For as little as €10, visitors can take a day trip to see the ghostly white wreck of the 114 500-tonne luxury cruise liner Costa Concordia, lying on its side after running aground off Giglio Island on 13 January, killing 32 people. Ticket touts in

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