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Costa odyssey lengthens for passengers

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Passengers aboard the Costa Allegra face a further delay before disembarking after a row over which vessels will take it into port.

The French fishing boat has refused to give way to tug boats from the Seychelles.That means a further 10 to 12 hours on board for the passengers who are without electricity, air conditioning and hot food.

A Seychelles government minister said the stricken cruise ship would have reached the port of Mahe late on Wednesday night if local tugs had been allowed to take over.

They are quicker than the French one towing the Costa Allegra. A spokesman for the cruise company denied the row was over finances and said the French fishing vessel provided the smoothest journey for the passengers.