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Cruise Ship Adrift Off Seychelles
Voice of America ^ | Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 10:55 am

Posted on 02/27/2012 9:52:41 AM PST by FoxPro

An Italian cruise ship with about 1,000 people on board is reported to be adrift off the coast of Seychelles.

The Italian coast guard said Monday the Costa Allegra is drifting in the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and the Seychelles islands.

Officials say a fire on board caused the ship's engines to fail. There have been no reports of injuries.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: costaallegra; cruise; cruiselines; indianocean; maritime; prematureevacuation
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Cruise vacations will be real cheap now.
1 posted on 02/27/2012 9:52:44 AM PST by FoxPro
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To: FoxPro

Is the Captain still onboard or has he initiated the lifeboat ejection sequence?


2 posted on 02/27/2012 9:55:36 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: FoxPro

The pirates are on their way.


3 posted on 02/27/2012 9:55:55 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: FoxPro

Especially Italians ones.


4 posted on 02/27/2012 9:56:08 AM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: FoxPro

No pictures of cute English cabaret dancers. This story is going nowhere.


5 posted on 02/27/2012 9:56:58 AM PST by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
The pirates are on their way.

In today's modern world, that statement needs clarification.....are you talking Somali pirates, OWS pirates, or government pirates? All take what they can and gve nothing back.

6 posted on 02/27/2012 9:59:03 AM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: FoxPro

Do the slot machines still work and the bars stocked? I don’t see a problem here.


7 posted on 02/27/2012 9:59:39 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: FoxPro
The vessel is operated by the same company that operated that Costa Concordia

I think I'd stay away from those guys, at least until they've jailed the current executives.

Also, frankly, those cruise ships look extremely top-heavy to me. Nice in calm weather, with all those portholes looking out, but I'd hate to be caught in a storm in one. Probably have a very wide, flat bottom, which is fine as long as you don't exceed the specs. Once it goes over, it won't come back up. I haven't seen the plans, but that high, fat, luxury look makes me very nervous.

8 posted on 02/27/2012 10:00:25 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: saganite
Is the Captain still onboard or has he initiated the lifeboat ejection sequence?

I hope the Italian captain doesn't slip and fall into a lifeboat [an excuse that ranks at the very top of the absurdity scale in nautical history].

9 posted on 02/27/2012 10:01:02 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: goseminoles

Aye, matey, as long as the Head remains open, too.


10 posted on 02/27/2012 10:01:45 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: FoxPro

Think: FIAT coming to the USA


11 posted on 02/27/2012 10:03:33 AM PST by larryjohnson (USAF(Ret))
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To: Former Proud Canadian

The ship is a little bit south of the main attack zone for Somali pirates - but too close for comfort. Personally, I wouldn’t go cruising in the Indian Ocean these days, at least not without a couple of M4’s, a few thousand rounds of ammo and maybe some RPG’s. Though I hear the Seychelles are absolutely beautiful...


12 posted on 02/27/2012 10:03:56 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: saganite

The ships may look top heavy, but as long as the center of bouyancy is above the center of gravity, the thing is stable - the greater the distance, the better, of course.

Note to Obama...you’ll have to study around 100 years or so to understand these concepts - if ever.


13 posted on 02/27/2012 10:05:50 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: saganite

You bet I am the first to leave the ship.

14 posted on 02/27/2012 10:06:55 AM PST by GraceG
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To: FoxPro

I’d abandon ship. Always wanted to visit Seychelles.


15 posted on 02/27/2012 10:07:15 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Repeat Offender

Pitsburgh thinks they can do better than 4th in the NL Cental this year.


16 posted on 02/27/2012 10:07:33 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Repeat Offender

Pitsburgh thinks they can do better than 4th in the NL Central this year.


17 posted on 02/27/2012 10:07:38 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Vendome
Always wanted to visit Seychelles.

I heard that she sells seashells by the seashore in Seychelles.

18 posted on 02/27/2012 10:08:43 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Da Coyote
The ships may look top heavy, but as long as the center of bouyancy is above the center of gravity, the thing is stable

Just like Guam.

19 posted on 02/27/2012 10:10:02 AM PST by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: FoxPro

First a ship runs aground in Italy, then passengers are robbed in Puerto Valletta, now this? Have the Muzzies also permeated the cruise business?


20 posted on 02/27/2012 10:10:48 AM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

“The pirates are on their way.”
Do you mean the lawyers?


21 posted on 02/27/2012 10:14:17 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

“The pirates are on their way.”
Do you mean the lawyers?


22 posted on 02/27/2012 10:14:17 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: dfwgator

“I heard that she sells seashells by the seashore in Seychelles.”

Brilliant!!! Thank you for the good laugh.


23 posted on 02/27/2012 10:16:45 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Cicero
My travel agent just informed me Costa Cruise Line is owned by Carnival Cruise Line. I think that explains a lot.

On the flip side, if the cost of an Italian cruise sinks low enough, Arrivederci! I wonder if I can FReep from the ship?

24 posted on 02/27/2012 10:17:14 AM PST by liberalh8ter (Barack has a memory like a steel trap; it's a gift ~ Michelle Obama)
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To: Farmer Dean

Pirates won’t attack lawyers....it’s called “Professional Courtesy.”


25 posted on 02/27/2012 10:17:59 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

Buzzards won’t eat dead lawyers,same reason.


26 posted on 02/27/2012 10:19:55 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: FoxPro

Another ship from the same company? Wow, their value just plummeted even more.


27 posted on 02/27/2012 10:22:06 AM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: liberalh8ter

Yes, you can FReep from the cruise ship, but internet minutes are expensive!!

I’ve been on Carnival Splendor twice. Looks like it’s becoming a bad luck ship, but I enjoyed both trips & didn’t have any untoward experiences.


28 posted on 02/27/2012 10:23:02 AM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Da Coyote

You can see the center of boyancy on the Costa Concordia. At least you can see one side of it...


29 posted on 02/27/2012 10:27:29 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: Twotone
I did a Carnival Cruise once. Yikes! Perhaps they've improved but the ship was dirty, the food was lousy and the service was mediocre. I spent the entire cruise avoiding the wine steward from my first night's dining. He called my room incessantly despite being told to stop. Not even a complaint to the concierge could stop that guy.
30 posted on 02/27/2012 10:29:16 AM PST by liberalh8ter (Barack has a memory like a steel trap; it's a gift ~ Michelle Obama)
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To: Cicero

Also, frankly, those cruise ships look extremely top-heavy to me.


It’s crazy all the money wasted on maritime engineers and expert ship builders, when we have your eyeballs to rely upon!


31 posted on 02/27/2012 10:35:13 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: saganite
Probably called for a helo to off lift him to the shore. He can see much better from up there. I saw a program on one of the discovery/history channels yesterday after the one that hit the rocks. That captain was ordered back on the vessel and refused to go back. Claimed he could see better from the SAFETY of the life boat. He should be hung. NO CAPTAIN leaves before all living persons are OFF that vessel.
32 posted on 02/27/2012 10:36:27 AM PST by RetiredArmy (POLITICIANS: Promise the moon. Deliver the shaft.)
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To: Allegra

Is this one of your boats?


33 posted on 02/27/2012 10:36:27 AM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Having a 14.5×114mm means never having to say “I’m sorry.....”


34 posted on 02/27/2012 10:37:27 AM PST by MindBender26 (New Army SF and Ranger Slogan: Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord.... but He subcontracts!)
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To: liberalh8ter
Carnivale is the bottom of the barrel.
35 posted on 02/27/2012 10:38:41 AM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: liberalh8ter

Our family went on a Princess cruies to Alaska and it was awesome. Carnival also had a ship that we saw at Juneau. Our ship was pretty quiet with a mellow crowd and the Carnival ship was full of people hooting and hanging off of their balconies as they passed us. One of the crew told us that it was the same company as Princess but a world apart and that Carnival passengers are notorious for just wanting to party. We were on the Diamond Princess and we were happy with everything and I would go again if I could.


36 posted on 02/27/2012 10:42:54 AM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: FoxPro

“Hello, Costa Cruises? Um, what are your policies on cancellations?”

}:-)4


37 posted on 02/27/2012 10:45:55 AM PST by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: Da Coyote

“The ships may look top heavy, but as long as the center of bouyancy is above the center of gravity, the thing is stable - the greater the distance, the better, of course.

Note to Obama...you’ll have to study around 100 years or so to understand these concepts - if ever.”

Hey! If BO wants to change the laws of thermodynamics all he has to do is issue an executive order, right? :>)


38 posted on 02/27/2012 10:46:44 AM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: Repeat Offender

You left out Butt-Pirates!


39 posted on 02/27/2012 10:47:57 AM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: FoxPro

The captain just made port in Madagascar with his lifeboat and he assured the waiting press that everything is “under control” with respect to the Costra Allegra still out at sea. The captain than hailed a cab and hastily made his departure.


40 posted on 02/27/2012 10:49:30 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 73 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: saganite
Is the Captain still onboard or has he initiated the lifeboat ejection sequence?

He and his officers have decided to watch from a distance... maybe from a small well stocked boat - - since their too far from shore to get a hotel room...

41 posted on 02/27/2012 10:51:02 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: FoxPro

These guys just cannot seem to catch a break!


42 posted on 02/27/2012 10:51:25 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: MeganC

We took an Alaskan cruise on the Golden Princess last summer and it was great.


43 posted on 02/27/2012 10:51:52 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Pollster1
I hope the Italian captain doesn't slip and fall into a lifeboat [an excuse that ranks at the very top of the absurdity scale in nautical history].

Hey, if the 'captain' had been a Democrat, the New York Times and Washington Post would have bought that excuse.

44 posted on 02/27/2012 10:53:52 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: MeganC
I've been on ships from three cruise lines, Princess, RCCL and Carnival.

Princess crowds are quiet and much older, not many children around, if you like that sort of environment, go on Princess.

RCCL has a mix of both, older, families and younger people. In the Caribbean, the younger people and families are the majority. In Europe, it's an older crowd.

Carnival definitely has the fun ships. If you like to hear music, if you like to see people having fun, Carnival is the line for you.

We chose Carnival for this year's cruise, we're in our 50’s, but don't want to be stuck with the ‘old’ people even though we may be the same :)

There is a ship for everyone.

45 posted on 02/27/2012 11:02:22 AM PST by swpa_mom
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To: hoagy62
These guys just cannot seem to catch a break!

I'm waiting for the Somali Pirates to attack this ship...should be any minute now.

46 posted on 02/27/2012 11:03:56 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: swpa_mom

We loved Carnival 2 yrs ago, and were real disappointed last Nov. Their food really went downhill, both selection and quality. They must have hired a bunch of MBAs to do cost cutting.


47 posted on 02/27/2012 11:07:28 AM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: liberalh8ter

I’ve also been on Norwegian (Sun & Spirit). I’ve been lucky with my cruises. Ships clean & well cared for, good staff who make every effort to be helpful. We usually travel in ‘off’ times, with fewer people on board. Maybe that helps. In fact, our first trip on Splendor was cross-Atlantic in November. There were only 30 kids on board. Lots of old folks though. :-)


48 posted on 02/27/2012 11:15:20 AM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Paperdoll
"Have the Muzzies also permeated the cruise business?

They always have ... until they recently opened a center in Manila, Holland America's main training facility for hosptality staff was in Indonesia:

"Holland America Line operates a ... residential program in Indonesia at the ms Nieuw Jakarta facility where dining room waiters, housekeeping stewards, clerks and other staff receive training."

86% of Indonesians are Muslim.

49 posted on 02/27/2012 11:18:59 AM PST by In Maryland ("Truth? We don't need no stinkin' truth!" - Official Motto of the Main Stream Media)
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To: Paperdoll

On the last cruise ship I was on, the wait staff and cabin cleaning crews had many muzzies. How hard would it be for them to screw up the works? I better not say any more. It might give people ideas.


50 posted on 02/27/2012 11:20:40 AM PST by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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