Passengers who endured three days of misery on the stricken cuise ship the Costa Allegra have begun leaving the Seychelles where the vessel finally docked. The company booked flights home for customers from several countries. Others have taken up an offer to continue their holiday in the Seychelles.
Back on dry land, passengers expressed mixed emotions. One young English woman said:
“The fire team… how the hell they managed to do it, they were incredible. The bar staff were working 24 hours a day – you had everyone absolutely chipping in for absolutely everything, people walking around with bin liners just tidying up any mess because there was no way of disposing of everything…”
An Italian woman said: “We’re happy to be going home. They offered to let stay on in the Seychelles for another 15 days, but we didn’t want to after what we’ve been through, we didn’t have any water in the toilets, there wasn’t any water to wash ourselves and there was no air conditioning.”
Amateur video from on board gives some idea of the harsh conditions. People reportedly stayed on deck because it was cooler. The cruise liner became stranded in the Indian Ocean after a fire in its generator room.