The Costa Concordia is the largest vessel of its kind to sink, considerably larger than that most famous of sunken ships, the Titanic. This graphic illustrates quite how large it is, with a nifty comparison to the Statue of Liberty. Now, your correspondent has seen the Statue of Liberty up close and I can tell you that she’s no diminutive icon: she a big lady. The Costa Concordia must have been a whopper.
Personally, the concept of cruise ships has never appealed to me much and with this unfortunate business of running aground and capsizing uppermost in our minds at present, it’s become even less attractive a proposition, no matter how many bars, casinos or fitness centres a ship may have on board.
You may also like to read E&T’s news story on a review of cruise line safety, prompted by the Costa Concordia disaster.
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