I posted something similar -double standards a couple of days ago - Carnival Splendour passengers all got their money back + a free cruise whereas European passengers (predominantly) are offered a 30% discount on a future cruise.
I can tell you it ain't going done well this side of the pond.
Another example of European cruisers treated 2nd class -JMHO
I did misinterpet it, I guess as some others did as well. On The View today, when Whoopie announced this offer, you could hear the audiences intake, and, groans.(
Arion, I hope you get the best representation available..good luck.
Even Fox news was ERRONEOUSLY reporting the offer as compensation for those who were ON THE ship when this tragedy struck. That is NOT the case. The offer is ONLY for those booked on future sailings.
Yet another case of media rushing to get "the story" out, without any real consideration for the facts.
They certainly won't be trying to settle on any compensation for those who WERE on board for some time.... at least until all the facts are known (as best as possible).
For those who were booked on future sailings, the offer is not terrible. They get their money back, including air and hotel that may have been prepaid. Yes, sadly they'll lose their vacations, but further compensation just isn't likely to amount to much; maybe with negotiations they might get a 50% discount for a future cruise.
Those involved, and those who lost loved ones, will certainly be due significangt compensation.
I've received the following email from SeaScanner with whom I booked the Cruise. For the record, I boarded the Concordia in Civitaveccia on 13 Jan, a couple of hours before the incident.
Dear [name removed]
today, we have received information from Costa Cruises regarding your cruise on the Costa Concordia. Costa Cruises offers you the following three options:
1. You will receive a full refund of the cruise price and an additional 30 % discount on any future Costa Cruise booking.
2. You will receive a full refund plus a free cruise on any 7 day Costa cruise between January and the end of March 2012 in the same category on the Costa Luminosa, Costa Mediterranea, Costa Favolosa or Costa Serena, cruise only (port to port).
3. You receive a full refund of your cruise with not future booking.
Please let us know as soon as possible, but no later than January 25, for which of the three options you decide.
Otherwise you will get your money paid back.
We are very sorry for the inconveniences caused. We are always at your service for any questions or wishes regarding this booking.
Even Fox news was ERRONEOUSLY reporting the offer as compensation for those who were ON THE ship when this tragedy struck. That is NOT the case.
Yet another case of media rushing to get "the story" out,
With respect, you mentioned Fox and News in the same sentence.
The Costa story is something else.
The Captain been seen with his laptop in a Hotel, prior to the abandon ship message.
The captain saying he fell into a lifeboat.
My goodness, no wonder all the media outlets, including Fox are getting messed up.
Last edited by Lynn Knickers; January 24th, 2012 at 10:03 AM.
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Arion... if your travel agent sent you this they are idiots. That isn't the case.
This evidently is what they got from Costa. Do you have evidence to the contrary?
If you'd care to actually share some of your experiences about how you gotg off the ship here, we'd certainly like to hear them.
I'll share in more in due course. For now, I just think it's important that people going on a cruise study any safety related literature, and practice making their way to the muster stations regularly, and as soon as possible. I also think that Costa have to take steps to credibly assure passengers that their ships are safe.
Why? Wouldn't it make sense for Costa to want to sort this out as quickly as possible, as opposed to drawing out the stain in their reputation?
Yes, of course it would be best to settle early. The problem will be sorting out all the facts, as well as no doubt many on board will be negotiating through attorney's. As well as the complicated issue of compensation to the families who lost loved ones.
Fair enough, but I'd have held my travel agent to a higher standard, particularly when they tell me that they're relaying infromation from Costa.
As I said earlier in this thread, your travel agent has to be an idiot. They likely saw a fax regarding compensation for guests on future cruises, and didn't bother reading it... or thinking about what they read.