Would you take $14,460 payout in cruise ship disaster?

What’s the right amount of compensation for a ruined and traumatic cruise ship experience?

Let’s say you were asleep and suddenly you awoke to chaos, with everyone around you making a mad dash for life jackets and lifeboats. Even the captain had abandoned ship.

You made it to shore safely, but all of your baggage and other belongings were on the ship, which was nearly swallowed by the surrounding water. The only thing you were left with is the trauma of it all.

Carnival’s Costa Concordia thinks uninjured passengers on the cruise ship that went down Jan. 13 off Tuscany should get $14,460 (euro 11,000) apiece, according to an Associated Press report. The passengers also would be reimbursed for the full costs of the cruise and return travel expenses.

The deal does not apply to crew members or families who lost loved ones, according to the AP. The ship had 3,206 passengers from 61 countries on board when it went down. Authorities say16 bodies have been recovered; 16 were still missing Friday.

104 comments Add your comment

chattanooga

January 27th, 2012
11:19 am

It does seem like adequate compensation to me (for those who did not get injured or lose a loved one). $14,460 + the full costs of the cruise + return travel expenses. That could easily total $20,000. So yes, that is enough in my opinion.

mb

January 27th, 2012
11:20 am

Never take the first offer…

Shelley Lunsford

January 27th, 2012
11:21 am

You’ve got to be joking! NO WAY! This offer is added insult to these people. Their experiences were catastrophic and traumatizing. This small amount won’t begin to cover necessary therapy and other required expenses to try and function productively the rest of their lives.

Senor Smoke

January 27th, 2012
11:24 am

Don’t forget that 1099 for 14K you might get nailed with next year.

Atl Student

January 27th, 2012
11:24 am

So will those who lost loved ones get more money? I hope so because a law suit could cost them more money. I think $40,000 for those who lost family members is a good start.

Fred

January 27th, 2012
11:26 am

I hope you were being sarcastic Shelley………

peaceful-one

January 27th, 2012
11:28 am

That total amount is a great INSULT.

Allison Wonderland

January 27th, 2012
11:28 am

SUE!!!!!!!!!! A million bucks each!!!! The trauma alone would give me nightmares for years!! I wouldnt be able to work, so loss of wages!! $14K is a joke!!

Politi Cal

January 27th, 2012
11:29 am

Those cats are seeing dollar signs. Should follow law: prove actual damages, then collect. No damages, no collection.

Bobby P

January 27th, 2012
11:32 am

I think reimbursement for losses is plenty; cost of cruise, lost possessions, return expenses. We live in a society where everyone must benefit for the sake of benefiting. There is no big pile of money. The same ones in line to collect “free” money are the ones complaining that “everything costs too much”. That money comes from somewhere, ALWAYS recouped in higher insurance rates and increased prices.

Henry

January 27th, 2012
11:33 am

I believe when you sign up for a cruise, you sign away most all of your rights to lawsuits and such!
Just saying.

Dewey, Skruem And Howe LLP

January 27th, 2012
11:35 am

You need to look at it this way. If there was a class action lawsuit that resulted in a $200 Million settlement. With around 2,500 souls aboard you’re looking at $80,000 a piece. Take lawyer’s fees out and account for the expenses they’re reimbursing, maybe around $30,000 each. Your lawyer says $14,000 is too low.

bigeasy830

January 27th, 2012
11:36 am

Those that say it is a fair offer must be Republicans or just stupid or probably both.

Democratic Plantation Dweller

January 27th, 2012
11:37 am

Obama will intervene to correct this grave injustice.

BJ Steel Man

January 27th, 2012
11:38 am

One call – that’s all.

Logic

January 27th, 2012
11:40 am

It does not matter if you think this is fair…it is International Law. That is all the company is legally responsible to pay out.

Caring for Parents

January 27th, 2012
11:40 am

I don’t know how you can compensate so little for trauma of that magnitude. The long term effects of that accident will cost way more than 11,000 bucks… but it is a business… and when taking a cruise (although unthinkable) sinking, crashing, accidents happen… They should cover any mental medical bills they may have as a result of the trauma.

What are they doing for the people who lost their lives and the families of those people. Forget the fact I survived.. .what about my family member that didn’t… how can you put a price on someone’s life and to add insult to injury… add a such a small price…

Student

January 27th, 2012
11:41 am

I understand the people who lived through this traumatic experience are going to want compensation, but they need to remember the most important thing, they lived. Life is full of catastrophes and traumatic experiences; to want cash the second something bad happens is what is wrong with this world today. $14,000 is a bit low, due to the fact that I know myself, had at least $7,000.00 worth of jewelry on the last cruise I went on. This does not including shoes or clothes. The company should compensate sufficiently to what the average passenger travels with, but we also do not want this company to go bankrupt due to an incompetent captain. From audio clip-page it seems the company was very distraught with the captain on the night of the accident, screaming for him to return. Therefore it is not the 100s and 1,000s who work for the company that should be penalized for the idiocy of the man running the ship.Take what’s right, don’t be greedy and forget the importance of life.

Truth

January 27th, 2012
11:42 am

Im sure they all signed something cryptic that legally favored the cruiseline before even boarding.

However, due to the obvious and well documented negligence of the cruiseline via Capt Bang a Skank, I’m sure lawyers would have a field day.

The poster above brings up a good point about getting taxed. You know Obama and all of his homies will be grabbing some of that to put in the cheese pile!

The Mic

January 27th, 2012
11:44 am

Shelley, peaceful-one (ha,ha), and Allison, were all dropped on their heads when they were children. They each represent what’s wrong with the world today…… Greed! Exactly what were the damages to those that survived? That would should be the settlement, and that alone.

Chilly Willy

January 27th, 2012
11:45 am

Look at the losers bringing Obama into this!! LOL!!!

stacey

January 27th, 2012
11:46 am

Considering you sign away liability when you sign your cruise papers that is a good deal. Next time you go on a crusie read the 14 page document its very explicit on what they will and will not pay if something goes wrong

CharlieATL

January 27th, 2012
11:48 am

I agree with the general sentiment of not over-reaching in situations like this. However one must be ‘kept whole’, and future medical situations like PTSD may appear.
If I had been on that cruise, and was not physically injured and my family/companions were OK, I would consider a payment between $15,000 and $20,000, plus my actual property loss and the refund of my cruise price to be more or less adequate. However, to that, I would add the cost of any future medical expenses to be paid by the cruise line from a fund that they be required to set up.

timthebrave

January 27th, 2012
11:49 am

You have a good story and you lived. 14K plus expenses and free counseling sounds about right….If you lost a family member or got seriously injured then that’s a different story

timthebrave

January 27th, 2012
11:51 am

14K would allow me to take a few months off and write a book about the experience and actually earn my $$

g

January 27th, 2012
11:53 am

haha 14000 from a capitalistic company with millions in pure profit and cash?! no way, the entire experience is traumatic for all passengers that were aboard they deserve at a min 500000 each!

WTF

January 27th, 2012
11:54 am

Chilly Willy I think someone brought up Republicans before Obama was mentioned.

Titanic

January 27th, 2012
11:54 am

You know USAirways only offered people 5k plus a refund from the USAirways “incident” on the Hudson – plus another 10k if they promised not to sue. We are a “sue happy” generation that submits a lawsuit over the slightest scratch. So when a real situation arises – then what are the appropriate damages?

Democrat Theme Song

January 27th, 2012
11:57 am

“…wake up, it’s the first of the month,so get up, get up, get up, get up, get up, cash your checks and come on…”

JF McNamara

January 27th, 2012
12:02 pm

I would be happy with the $14K. Neither me nor my family members are dead, and all I have to do is replace clothes.

They didn’t intentionally do it. Bad things happen. It’s part of life.

WTF, WTF

January 27th, 2012
12:02 pm

Yeah, they trashed republicans first then brought Obama into it.Thanks for playing though

Bob Leblah

January 27th, 2012
12:03 pm

Wow. this shows the state of this country. Milk people for everything you can. 15k plus travel expenses per person is a very fair offer. The lunatic who said $1 million for people who weren’t injured and lost no one. Please..

SUE HAPPY

January 27th, 2012
12:04 pm

Lawsuits are now looked at in the same light as the lottery. If someone gets a scratch, it’s worth at least $5,000 for pain and suffering lol

dtboy

January 27th, 2012
12:07 pm

They took an implied risk to begin with, so yes, it’s fair.

Meeka

January 27th, 2012
12:18 pm

Injuries refer to more than just physical hurt. For all of those that are saying the people weren’t hurt, you have to be kidding. How could you really live through something like that and not be hurted. Mentally and emotionally you would never be the same after such an accident. However, I don’t think money will take the damage away regardless of how much is offered. Ican’t say if its too much or too little but I can say my heart goes out to all of those who had to experience such a thing.

SUE HAPPY

January 27th, 2012
12:22 pm

Meeka and everyone else, would you sue your friend if you were in their car and you almost died in a wreck but didn’t sustain any injuries physically?

Von

January 27th, 2012
12:24 pm

That’s a tough call to make. I say $14,460 is okay, only if you walked away unharmed and didn’t lose any valuables. Like clothes, shoes and other items are replaceable….that’s a good amount. Depends on the person…. Personally if that was me, I would NEVER get on another cruise!

some student

January 27th, 2012
12:32 pm

Student says “From audio clip-page it seems the company was very distraught with the captain on the night of the accident, screaming for him to return. Therefore it is not the 100s and 1,000s who work for the company that should be penalized for the idiocy of the man running the ship.”

It was the Italian Coast Guard screaming for the captain to return, not the cruise line. Obviously the cruise line will try to limit the financial impact to their bottom line because it’s not personal, it’s business. They only care about whether you have a good enough time on the cruise to return yourself and recommend them to your acquaintances and family.

WinWinOne

January 27th, 2012
12:36 pm

IT’S MY MONEY AND I NEED IT NOW!!

ABC

January 27th, 2012
12:36 pm

If it were me, and I didn’t get hurt and neither was my family, for sure I’d take it. Weight that against years of litigation and it is a sure thing. 14K now versus MAYBE $50K (after lawyer’s fees) years from now? I’d take the money and run.

ssenterprise

January 27th, 2012
12:39 pm

how much was the cost of the cruise ? sounds like they are only covering the cost of the cruise and the return trip… carnival cruise are crooks !!!!

Look before I leap...

January 27th, 2012
12:40 pm

Total payout to pax (not including injured and estates of those who died) is less than $5M.
While actual damages may be limited to luggage and cruise costs and travel costs home there is little provision for punitive damages which would be an incentive not only to Concordia, but to all cruise lines to beef up emergency prep/training to the crew.

It is easy to put a price tag on my shoes, much harder to price out the value of my wits.

mcdaviddawg

January 27th, 2012
12:40 pm

Carnival needs to be severly punished for a situation that should have never happened. All who travel with them are now at greater risk unless the punishment is so costley that they make sure they have competent captains. As a frequent cruise traveler, I asm particularly concerned with the diaster and the apparent indiffernce of the company after the sinking for it’s passsengers. I will never again book on a ship that is part of the Carnival family. They can take their cattle drives of people and leave me out.. The passengers should get far more than this offer.

lylone

January 27th, 2012
12:41 pm

Obama will intervene? There we go again… Obama save me!

SouthsideD

January 27th, 2012
12:42 pm

Get real people. “Emotional Trauma,”, ” won’t be able to function normally the rest of my life.” How about this, Get a life. $14,000 is definitely adequate. That’s whats wrong with this country. Everybody wants to sue everybody. There is inherent risk to just participating in everyday life. If you’re not willing to assume that risk, don’t participate in life. Grow up, get a life, get a job and stop expecting some else to hand you a pile of money.

laquisha

January 27th, 2012
12:45 pm

I wood not take less than 10 milion. Those cruse ship company’s are rich and they can afford it. I wish I was on that ship, my guvment check ain’t enough to get by on

Von

January 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

I totally TAKE MY COMMENT BACK!!! After I thought about it….I got 14,000 falling in IHOP! NOPE that’s too LOW!

Jennifer

January 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

Don’t forget about the 30% off any cruise that was originally offered to the victims.

Reine

January 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

I know this sounds cliche, but it really is the principle of the matter. According to survivors from aboard this ship, crew members were unaware of how to work the life boats, people were unaware of what muster stations to go to, and, after the initial impact, people were sent back to their rooms for a full 30 minutes! All of these combined things led to the injuries, deaths and traumas that occurred on that ship today. Had crew members been provided better training by THE COMPANY THAT EMPLOYS THEM, this crisis could have been minimized. The chaos that resulted from the impact happened because crew members didn’t know information they should know…being members on an ocean vessel. Someone does need to be held accountable. Those that are claiming these VICTIMS are looking for handouts obviously don’t believe in PTSD and the emotional scars a traumatic episode such as this can leave. Some of these victims could require counseling for years to come. Should that come out of their own pockets? I think you would be singing a different tune if you were a victim of this tragedy. And, if you weren’t singing a different tune, good for you. I’m glad you don’t mind being taken advantage of and made a mockery of by a big corporation who didn’t do what they were supposed to do as far as safety standards/crew training went.

Shawn

January 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

I’d like to know how they arrived at $14,460? I mean really? Did they use some mathematical equation? What a slap in the face. A total beat down.