AAA: People Aren’t Rethinking Cruise Plans
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) – The New York City area has three cruise ship terminals. In the wake of the recent catastrophe, is business about to dry up?
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AAA manager of group and executive travel, Jill Rosenberg, says there has been no rush to cancel cruise plans as the result of the deadly Costa Concordia crash.
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“People are calling and inquiring and asking questions, but I think they realize that this was an isolated terrible tragedy, but they also know that the cruise industry is a very safe way to vacation,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb.
Rosenberg says the cruise clients with whom she has spoken have mentioned the tragedy in passing but none has expressed fear a similar disaster might befall him or her.
The cruise ship grounded off Tuscany has again shifted on its rocky perch, forcing the suspension of search and rescue operations for the 21 people still missing.
It’s not clear if the movements registered overnight by onboard sensors are just vibrations as the Costa Concordia settles on the rocks or if it’s slipping off the rocks.
The ship’s movements are being carefully monitored since any significant shift could be dangerous for divers trying to locate those missing after the Concordia ran aground Jan. 13 off Tuscany. An additional fear is that any significant movement could damage tanks holding a half-million gallons of fuel oil.
Navy spokesman Alessandro Busonero says divers are ready to go back in once conditions are safe.
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