11:08 am January 27, 2012, by Christopher Seward
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.
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