|Costa Concordia lies stricken against submerged rocks|
Costa Concordia's owners, Costa Cruises, are obviously keen to minimise damage to their lucrative business. Around 2 million Britons want to go cruising, so with all the others in the world also desiring cruise holidays, this is big business. Costa's Chief Executive Officer Pier Luigi Foschi said at a press conference that captain Francesco Schettino changed a pre-programmed route to make a manoeuvre that was "unauthorised, unapproved and unknown to Costa".
"The captain has the authority to take the decisions on board. In this case, the captain decided to change the route and he went into waters that he did not know in advance," Mr Foschi said. So he's first in with the "blame the captain" routine. Yet the smartly-dressed Mr Foschi failed to say that his corporate website was still taking bookings for the sunken ship and its future cruises. Shame on you, Mr Foschi. You can't even get that right. Greed is the order of the day. Simon Calder, the travel editor of the Independent, went online and bought a ticket for a cruise on the Costa Concordia. This was revealed last night on Channel 5 news. Should a company be shamed into putting lives first before making sales?
It has been said that this ship sailed past the island before in this manner. Apparently it was so that the lights of the ship could be seen by the islanders. Some sort of spectacle it would appear. Corporate bosses are in the spotlight now, only because they seem to put the survival of their company before all else when tragedy, disaster or negative revenue streams befall them. I really do hope that the boss of Costa Cruises is not hiding something. Truth will out and people now want facts not spin and subterfuge.