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The travel trade will be hoping for a better start to the New Year than they got this year. 2012 had barely started when we were all shocked by the awful Costa Concordia disaster. On the 13th of January the cruise ship, with 4,252 passengers and crew on board, ran aground off Italy. The rocks tore a huge gash in the ship’s hull causing it to take on water and start to sink; this resulted in the deaths of 32 people. The disaster happening a couple of months before the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic did not help with cruise holiday makers confidence.
As we have been reminded these past weeks, on the 10 of April 1912, the Titanic set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage, carrying 2,200 passengers and crew. Four days later she collided with an iceberg and sank, only 700 people survived and 1500 lost their lives.
Everyone was shocked and saddened to see the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia scuppered off the coast of Italy. It is normal after these accidents for people to voice their concerns about going on a cruise holiday due to concerns over safety standards on these mega-ships. However we would like to reassure our medical conditions travel insurance customers, that shocking as the scenes were, incidences of this nature are very rare.
This week saw the start of National Cruise Week, which runs until 25th September. The week highlights the fact more and more of us are taking to the water for our annual holiday.
The latest figures from the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) show that one in every nine package holiday, is a cruise. Cruises used to be the holiday of choice of the over 65’s, but now there are cruises to suit everyone, from casino cruises to Disney cruises aimed at families.