Originally Posted by Paul Motter
The line says they were doing the same thing they have done every week for a year. That is easy to verify. In any case - they never should have been that close to any land mass, and furthermore they have underwater radar to warn them of hidden reefs (a Canadien ship hit an underwater reef in the Northern Passage last year)
To me, this appears to be some bad tomfoolery, an autopilot error, or a mysterious shift in underwater topology that went unnoticed until too late.
CNN is reporting this ship had a tradition of deviating from its programmed course to approach Giglio and blow its horn, whereupon passengers would wave.
Make of that what you will.