Cruise Passengers Disembarking In NYC React To Catastrophe Off Italy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) – Out at sea on an eastern Caribbean cruise it was hard to escape news of the catastrophe where a cruise ship ran aground off of Italy.

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“It was broadcast all over and, you know, everyone said “Oh my G-d,” said passenger Mary Lou McGilligan of Valley Stream, who just got off the Norwegian Gem on Manhattan’s West Side on Wednesday.

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But the crew of the Gem was reassuring and very responsive, said her sister Helene of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

“The whole crew, there wasn’t anybody doing anything but practicing and they did it at least two extra days,” she said.

And when their ship hit some rough waters in the Atlantic Ocean, the sisters said the captain got on the loudspeaker several times to reassure passengers.

Gloria Tryhart of Cranford was boarding her cruise ship today and was a bit nervous.

“Right before you go away, to hear something that like, obviously, you get a little nervous,” she said.

But she got on anyway, having booked the trip months earlier.

Crews still haven’t been able to resume their search of the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia in Italy, after suspending that search earlier today because the wreck had shifted slightly on the rocks. The number of confirmed dead stands at 11, with 22 others still missing.

Would you feel safe boarding a cruise ship? Sound off in the comments section below.

  • Nick

    He was going to go back aboard – after siesta break.

  • marc tenzer

    We have been on 10 Cruises all over the world; Carnival, NCL, Princess, Royal Carribean and Celebrity. We feel very safe and am planning another cruise right now. Its just pure stupidity of the Captain and EVERYONE on the bridge to let this happen. I blame not only the Captain, but every person assigned to the bridge !!!

  • Myra Bell

    Really CBS? How do you quote someone without putting the “o” in God. Did she tell the reporter to leave the “o”? I don’t think so.


    Last August my family and some of my friends were on a Costa cruise in Europe. Ship was called Favolosa and is very similar to Concordia. The biggest issue on this ship was communication or rather lack of it. Most voice communications were in Italian followed by translation in English. However, all communications and announcements in English would pretty much stop after 7:00 pm. Note, that the catastrophe happened sometime after 9pm and many of the victims are not Italians. Italians comprised about 95% of all the guests on that cruise as on Concordia, yet about 50% of reported fatalities on Concordia are non-italian speakers. The safety drill on Favolosa was conducted on the 2nd day of the 7 days voyage. I think Costa should over come its language barrier and conduct its drills on the first day of its cruises. The moral of the story is that Americans should either book “english-speaker friendly” cruises in Europe or float in the Carribean (which is awful by the way) but for sure beats jumping from the 9th deck simply because someone forgot to speak English.

  • bullett

    I think we all knew this was going to happen (with reporters at dockside) just as they did with bus accidents, planes, etc., etc., etc. So what’s there to gain by the interviews? Nothing! Absolutely nothing; everything that was suppose to be learned from the “Titanic” disaster did not go well with this Captain and/or his crew, as video’s have shown, no one was trained properly in the event of a disaster which in fact occurred.
    Cruise line (each) ship should be tested yearly as we did in the Navy. Experience paid off when the ship & crew earned an “E” for Efficacy in all manners of ship operation and evacuation.

  • Marlene Romero

    This son of a bitch so-called “captain” needs to be charged immediately. Why is he on house arrest when there are at least a dozen people dead and presumed dead?! He’s garbage and should be hauled off and discarded at sea as carelessly as the disregard he showed his victims.

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