Turns out a couple I know back home (in Calgary) were on this ship. They had got into a lifeboat, but due to the list it didn't release all the way to the water, and the lifeboat began to take on water.
They lept from the lifeboat and swam to shore.
They are presently in Rome, and due to fly home Monday. Hopefully in the next day or two I'll get a chance to talk to them and get their detailed account of the incident, and their experience.
They have said it was total chaos... which to some degree is understandable.