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Old 12-13-2012, 04:15 AM
 
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Costa Cruises ship damaged while docking in France

A sister ship to the Costa Concordia was damaged Tuesday in a collision with a port structure in Marseille, France.

What's with the Costa line? The other Carnival owned lines don't seem to have this much trouble.

Do they each train their personnel on their own?
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:38 AM
 
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You get what you pay for.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:32 AM
 
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You get what you pay for.
No, safety is not decided by how much a passenger pays for a cruise.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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No, safety is not decided by how much a passenger pays for a cruise.
There are far more people overboard, collisions, and other accidents/incidents on the lower priced mass markets than on the upscale lines.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:21 PM
 
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Maybe because there are far more ships and passengers on those ships. Of course you are going to have more incidences because there are more of them. It's not because it was less expensive. That's like saying a cheaper airline has more safety issues than a more expensive airline. If there are only 2 planes that fly for the expensive airline and 20 planes flying for the cheaper airline, numbers alone will tell you that there are going to be more incidences on the airline that has more planes.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:03 AM
 
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The last cruise I was on had almost double the number of lifeboats (not rubber rafts!) than they needed to accommodate passengers and crew. I can't imagine how long it would take to evacuate one of the mega-ships if there was a fast moving fire. People would be burned alive waiting in lines to get off. Not the case in a small ship.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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The last cruise I was on had almost double the number of lifeboats (not rubber rafts!) than they needed to accommodate passengers and crew. I can't imagine how long it would take to evacuate one of the mega-ships if there was a fast moving fire. People would be burned alive waiting in lines to get off. Not the case in a small ship.
Yes. Smaller ships are safer, and a previous post mentioned that some ships have a full double hull, but others have only a half double hull. Safety, the center of gravity, and the size of the double hull - you would think these would be great advertising points, wouldn't you? That they don't advertise these differences makes me think it's a race to the bottom, meaning that most are building ships as cheaply as they possibly can.

On top of that, the more expensive cruise companies probably cater to a more sedate class. There is probably less chaos on those ships, less drinking to excess. There is also a better ratio of crew to passengers which means, perhaps, more supervision and attention to problems.

Carnival's Costa seems to be in the news too much with this sort of problem. Maybe I just notice it more.
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