Fort Lauderdale, FL — January 16, 2012 — On January 13, 2012, Costa Cruises' vessel, the Costa Concordia, struck rock off the coast of Tuscany, Italy after departing from Civitavecchia, on a seven-day voyage with approximately 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members. While the large majority of passengers and crew were evacuated successfully, there was also loss of life and injuries. Costa Cruises and Italian authorities continue to search for passengers and crew that remain unaccounted for. It will be some time before the cause, or causes, of the collision are determined.
Carnival Corporation & plc, Costa Cruises' parent company issued a statement which read, in part: "This is a terrible tragedy and we are deeply saddened. Carnival Corporation & plc offers our sympathies and heartfelt condolences to all of the Costa Concordia guests, crew members and their families. Carnival Corporation & plc and Costa Cruises are committing our full resources to provide assistance and ensure that all guests and crew are looked after. We want to express our deep gratitude to the Italian Coast Guard and local authorities and community members who have gone to extraordinary lengths to assist in the evacuation of the ship and provide support for our guests and crew. We are working to fully understand the cause of what occurred. The safety of our guests and crew members remains the number one priority of Carnival Corporation & plc and all of our cruise lines."
Accidents such as this one are an extremely rare occurrence in the cruise industry, and cruising continues to be one of safest means of travel among all types of vacationing. CLIA and all its member cruise lines join with Costa and Carnival in extending our most sincere condolences to all those affected by this terrible tragedy. We will continue to keep our travel agent members updated as we receive further information