Fieldmouse, Why do you find it "very very sad?" Almost everyone survived relatively unscathed, only two fairly serious injuries and now they are saying those weren't as serious as at first thought. Very, very sad to me, is when lots of folks are killed. I'm reminded of when the horizontal stabilizer got stuck on on the Alaska airlines DC-9 a few years back and about 90 people were killed.
It is, however, puzzling and somewhat disconcerting that such a thing could occur on a modern cruise ship. Apparently the autopilot systems need some failsafe backups built into them to prevent a real tragady somewhere down the road. Maybe technology is still ahead of us. I hope this will be seen as awake up call by the industry.
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.
Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10