POLL: Does the Italian Cruise Disaster Make You Think Twice?

One Metrowest couple was aboard the ship and describes the chaos.

After the recent news of the Carnival cruise ship "Costa Concordia" sinking off the coast of Italy, would you harbor any reservations about taking a cruise? 

At least one Metrowest couple and another from Cambridge were honeymooning on the ship when it went down. While they made it ashore safely, at least six died during the sinking and 16 more were still missing as of Monday evening. 

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette spoke with family members of the Marlborough residents who were on board. 

“All we could hear was yelling and screaming and absolute chaos,” said Steven A. Burgess, quoting his son Sean Burgess, a passenger on the ship. 

The Boston Globe quoted a Cambridge resident who was on board as saying, “People were running up and down the stairs. People were screaming. Children were crying. It was panic,’’ Benji Smith recalled by phone last night from a hotel room in Rome.

The Costa Concordia capsized after hitting a reef off the cost of the island Giglio on the Italian coast. 

While this sort of accident is rare in modern times, these disasters can clearly still happen. What's your opinion? Is taking a cruise any more dangerous than flying on an airplane, taking a train, or driving long distance? Vote in the poll and tell us in the comments. 

Barbara Nahoumi January 17, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Cruising is my favorite mode of vacation. This incident will not deter me.
AG January 17, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Imagine Captain Clown on the high seas. As I heard the recording of this conversation between the captain and the rescue authorities it was clear that he was under some influence, chemical or otherwise. Yesterday the president of the cruise line association put a happy face on it by saying that among millons of passengers there have been only 44 deaths over the years. He sounded like one our latest committees findings in town. Yes, I would think about another liner trip in spite of my love for the seas.
Ron Goodenow January 17, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I think AG, whoever he or she is, should take a deep breath and probably a tranquilizer. Maybe a slow boat to China. This is a real tragedy and I do not think it should be used to attack town officials and citizens one disagrees with. It shows little brainpower and certainly no respect for the many lives affected -- and the many heros we will learn about. Of course, what this cruise company has said and done is highly questionable, but just deal with it in those terms. Oh, and this further confirms my believe that bloggers should identify themselves. Show a little courage instead of this kind of rather cowardly behavior.
Danielle Horn January 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
AG, no personal attacks, please. Comments that include name-calling will be deleted. Feel free to repost without the name-calling.
Heidi Zizza January 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I have always had a fear of cruising. I like my vactions on the ground!


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