Holiday makers who were on the Costa Concordia cruise ship which capsized on January 13, 2012, after straying off-course and hitting a submerged rock have had 11,000 Euros (14,460 dollars/9,180 pounds) compensation for ruined cruise offered to them by Costa Crociere SpA – the Italian subsidiary of Carnival Cruises.
The offer of compensation for ruined cruise was made after negotiations between the company and consumer groups in Italy, and compensates any passenger who was saved from the stricken ship that did not suffer any physical injury. Those that did will be approached individually, according to the statement released by the cruise company.
The ruined cruise compensation award offercover the psychological trauma that passengers may have suffered on that disastrous evening in January, and for any personal effects they may have lost when the cruise ship sank. However, some consumer groups are not happy with the extent of the compensation offer, and are advising passengers aboard the ship to seek professional medical advice before accepting it.
Those of the 4,197 crew and passengers who do take the compensation for ruined cruise will get their money within seven days, however the offer comes with the proviso that acceptance disqualifies passengers from making future compensation claims for injuries against Costa Cruises or any of its associated companies.