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    Default Grounded Cruise ship. Good or Bad for the DR?

    Any thoughts on whether the cruise ship in Italy will affect the DR market? 4000 on a ship. Will people change their minds about cruises and boost the AI industry?


    BBC News - Couple rescued from submerged ship Costa Concordia

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterInBrat View Post
    Any thoughts on whether the cruise ship in Italy will affect the DR market?
    Why in the world would a sinking cruise ship "In Italy" have any affect on ANYTHING in the DR.......
    Do you really think people are going to flock here because of this?????
    Really.......

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    I think it could hurt the entire cruise industry worldwide. I think the DR got a bump in tourism when there were those outbreaks of food poisoning on the ships a few years back.

    Half a billion dollars to build a ship. Wasn't there a GPS system with autopilot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterInBrat View Post
    Any thoughts on whether the cruise ship in Italy will affect the DR market? 4000 on a ship. Will people change their minds about cruises and boost the AI industry?


    BBC News - Couple rescued from submerged ship Costa Concordia
    I think that the trauma lived by those 4 Dominicans on board will be as close as it would get affecting the DR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterInBrat View Post
    I think it could hurt the entire cruise industry worldwide. I think the DR got a bump in tourism when there were those outbreaks of food poisoning on the ships a few years back.

    Half a billion dollars to build a ship. Wasn't there a GPS system with autopilot?
    According to the news, the reef was not marked on navigation maps, and then the captain made a grievous mistake by steering the ship toward Giglio island the wrong way in order to facilitate rescue. The captain has been arrested.

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    In a word. No. There will be virtually no effect on the DR.

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    Default Intentional beaching ?

    This is only one incident and has no relation, good or bad, for the DR.

    A grievous error was made by the command of the vessel to passage in the area of navigable hazards. Yet, the decision, intentional or otherwise, to turn the ship toward the island after the damage was done was the correct choice to save the passengers and vessel. PJT suggests the captain ordered the vessel to the island to intentionally beach it to protect the passengers and vessel. Yet, the vessel fell short of the goal due to the extent of damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterInBrat View Post
    Any thoughts on whether the cruise ship in Italy will affect the DR market? 4000 on a ship. Will people change their minds about cruises and boost the AI industry?


    BBC News - Couple rescued from submerged ship Costa Concordia
    No, it will not!
    The AI clients will have to fly in, not yet on an A380 with 525-853 PAX
    so one way or the other one will have to trust the system.
    The safety record for bot industries is excellent.
    Those overcome by phobias will stay home and hope the sky won't fall.
    Then there is the grave problem of 2012, better vacation now and spend all your money

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    There is absolutely no reason for this disaster to affect the future plans for Maimon....if a plane goes down the other side of the world does it affect Puerto Plata airport? Of course not. Even though Costa Cruise Lines are owned by the Carnival Corporation, which is the company behind the building of the cruise ship terminal, there is no reason to think that they will deviate from their plans.
    I worked on Costa Cruise lines for 5 years and so this disaster has hit very close to home for me. When you work on a ship you always think about what could potentially happen but never really expect anything to happen especially when you consider the technology they have onboard. Lots of rumors are flying around and the truth will eventually come out but this was a grave mistake, a human error that should definitely not have happened. I know these waters very well as we sailed them every week when and it all bridge officers know how dangerous this coast line is. My heart goes out to all the victims and hope and pray that no more bodies are lying inside the ship. I have spent the last 24 hours talking to friends that I used to work with and we all know people that work onboard the Costa Concordia and thankfully they are all safe and sound. I have also seen a message from one of the staff members that made it ashore of a lifeboat and her side of the story was one that was completely believable. Many passengers are reporting that the evacuation procedures were a nightmare but in less than two hours over 4000 people were evacuated….that simply would not be possible if there was no organization during the evacuation procedures. Every single crew member on that ship was trained on every aspect of safety and security. They all know how to lower lifeboats and life rafts, they all know how to control lifeboats, they all know what provisions are onboard a lifeboat, they all know how many different fire extinguishers are onboard and what they are used for, they all know how to use breathing apparatus and how to wear fire retardant suits, they all know how to control fire doors and water tight doors...I could go on but I am sure you get the point, all crew members are very well trained. I am sure that some of them panicked, who wouldn't, but for the most part they all did their duties and none of them expect any thanks, it is part of what we do.

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    I think the crew must have done a great job to have the casualties limited to about 1% of those on board, esp with the extreme listing. Every incident like this is ultimately a learning experience that will improve safety. FOX News was all over this yesterday (their demographic) and they were talking about the tactics cruise lines use to limit liability in foreign ports. The impact from this will be limited in part by how Carnival deals with the aftermath and compensates the people on board.

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