It’s approaching six months since the death of ill fated Costa Concordia. But it seems like yesterday that the renegade Costa captain crashed the $500 million cruise ship ingloriously into the granite underwater rocks surrounding the little island of Giglio, terrorizing over four thousand passengers and crew and killing innocent souls who were simply trying to enjoy a vacation cruise.
But the news today is not about the Concordia disaster. Cruise bookings are up for Costa, the travel experts tell us. The reports of the demise of the Costa brand predicted earlier this year, are old and now disregarded. Costa has brought a brand new cruise ship online with great fanfare. Things are looking up for the cruise lines, the cruise lines tell us.
The last thing on the mind of CEO Arison of Carnival Cruise Lines, the owner of Costa, is the death, doom and gloom associated with the Concordia disaster. Arison is a happy camper. He just celebrated his multi-million dollar Miami Heat basketball team winning another NBA championship.
The champagne is still flowing.
Fat cat cruise CEO’s like Arison don’t lose sleep over disasters. OK, 32 dead. It could have been worse. Shit happens. A 500 million dollar cruise line lying on its side in the water. Thank Poseidon, God of the Sea, that we are fully insured for the hull and lost revenues. I’m still worth billions. Let’s move on. Is the Heat going to win the championship?
That’s how billionaire Arison thinks. He misses no sleep worrying about dead customers.
But there are people who haven’t forgotten the terror of January 13th. There are passengers and crew members who can’t sleep because of the terror of that night. There are parents, spouses and children who grieve their dead children, soul mates and parents.
What do the families of the Concordia victims think watching the spectacle of Arison on TV laughing and holding his NBA championship trophy over his head?
Do the the families of the dead awake in the middle of the night triggered by the thought that those responsible for killing their family members care not an iota for their loves ones’ suffering while holding NBA trophies and drinking champagne?