Last night ABC News aired a cruise ship special on its 20/20 program about the Costa Concordia disaster. Narrated by Chris Cuomo from Italy, the one hour program contains an inside look at this latest cruise ship disaster based on interviews with surviving passengers.
You can watch the first segment of the show, which focuses on details of the cruise disaster, here.
The 20/20 program also took a hard look at the problem with excessive drinking during cruises. I learned a new phrase last night, of being "cruise-ship drunk." You will see lots of videos of passengers being "knee-walking" or "fall-down" drunk. Not a pretty sight.
The show correctly points out that there is a direct correlation between excessive drinking and violence, which is compounded by the tendency of the cruise lines to push the sale of booze, the insufficient number of security guards, and the absence of an independent police force. We looked into these problems over the last few years in our articles:
The 20/20 program includes a few clips of me at the port of Miami explaining the problems of cruise ship drinking and violence.
The segment below is about 5 and 1/2 minutes:
Watch the entire 20/20 "cruise confidential" program here.
Video credit: ABC NEWS / ABC 20/20