More than 1,000 people onboard the disabled Costa Allegra cruise ship are finally on dry land, following the vessel’s docking at Mahé in the Seychelles.
They reached the main island of the Indian Ocean country after being towed by French boats.
Since Monday’s fire in the engine room, they were stuck on the ship in sweltering heat with no electricity or air conditioning. Helicopters had been supplying emergency aid.
A passenger desribed the ordeal: “Hygiene conditions where absolutely deplorable. I took some pictures which show the toilets condition. We have passed three days without water and without electricity. It’s very difficult to live in these conditions, especially by this heat.”
Another was angry with the cruise company: “They didn’t know what they were doing, what they had to do, what should have been done,” he said.
“It was just a matter of inconvenients. Not having enough food, not being able to rest well at night, the heat is unbearable, and so we had to spend most of our nights on the top deck,” recalled an American who had been onboard.
Three hundred and seventy-six passengers took up the offer of a holiday in the Seychelles instead, according to parent company Costa Cruises, who will pay for the vacations.
However, the firm has also reserved over 600 airline seats for those who would rather go home.
Allegra is much smaller than the Costa Concordia, owned by the same company, which capsized in January killing 32 people.