Costa offers settlement for passengers
27 January 2012, 18:43
Rome - Costa Cruises
has offered to pay 11,000 euros (9,209.61 pounds) in compensation to
each of the more than 3,000 passengers aboard the ship that capsized
near the island of Giglio two weeks ago, Italian consumer groups said on
The offer, negotiated by the consumer groups, is an attempt by Costa Cruises to limit the legal fallout of the accident.
Each passenger would also receive a refund on the cruise and
costs of their return home. The offer applies to all passengers, whether
a child or an adult, who suffered no physical injuries. Injured
passengers will be dealt with individually.
Those accepting the offer would have to agree to drop all future litigation, and receive payment within seven days.
Costa Cruises' U.S. parent company Carnival Plc is already facing legal action for compensation.
Codacons, a consumer group which did not participate in the
negotiation, is collecting names for a class action suit to be filed in
Miami requesting 125,000 euros for each passenger.
Carlo Rienzi, president of Codacons, said the offer was
insufficient and urged passengers to see a doctor to check whether they
had suffered psychological trauma.