By Elissa Richard
Costa Cruises will offer compensation packages to uninjured guests of the ill-fated Costa Concordia voyage, which capsized off the coast of Italy two weeks ago today. Cruisers who survived the accident unscathed—some 16 deceased passengers weren’t so lucky, while another 16 still remain unaccounted for—are being offered an indemnity in the amount of one lump sum payment of €11,000 ($14,460).
The settlement offer—which is being extended to more than 3,200 passengers (including non-paying children) from 60-plus countries—is meant to cover expenses for lost baggage and personal items, as well as to address "psychological distress and loss of enjoyment of the cruise vacation," as the cruise line’s official announcement stated.
The full value of the cruise, travel costs (including airfare and ground transfers), and any medical expenses incurred due to the accident, will additionally be reimbursed in full. Costa is also promising to return all items stored in cabin safes, wherever retrieval is possible. Finally, the line has pledged to provide a program for psychological counseling to any Concordia passengers requesting it, and will allow guests who booked future Costa cruises prior to January 13 to cancel any upcoming bookings on Costa, without penalty, through February 7.
While some passengers may be lured by the quick resolution that the settlement poses, and a chance to curtail the legal process, many have already indicated that they would opt out in favor of pursuing individual legal action, where the claim stakes will be much higher.
Note the remittance deal does not apply to crew members, while cases for families of the deceased and injured guests (the tally for the latter rings in at about 100), will be addressed based on individual circumstances.
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