After the cruise from hell, passengers are finally able to disembark from the Costa Allegra after the vessel was left drifting without power following a fire in an engine room.
Passengers who had endured very unpleasant conditions were very happy to finally get off the Costa Allegra when it was towed into Port Victoria in the Seychelles on March 1, according to a report by the BBC. As the passengers came off the boat, they told stories of how they had been terrified to see smoke pouring from the lower decks. Many thought they would have to abandon ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Fortunately, the ship remained stable and a French fishing vessel came to their rescue, towing it to the Seychelles. However, with no power, the passengers had no lights, no air-conditioning and no water to flush the toilets. Many slept on deck in an effort to get cool as temperatures, even at night, were very high. Cabins became unusable due to the smell from unflushed toilets.
Italian investigators were waiting to question the captain and his crew as the ship docked. The captain, Nico Alba, said "passengers were never in any danger".
Costa Cruises, the owners of the Costa Allegra has offered passengers the choice of remaining on the Seychelles to continue their holiday or to fly to Italy on one of the three planes charted by the company. Around half of the passengers have chosen to stay on in the Seychelles which is already busy as the locals will be celebrating Carnival this weekend.
Italian television channel Sky Tg24 broadcast a live interview with Captain Alba who said :
"The Costa Allegra staff was great. The behaviour of all staff members on board was outstanding. They all followed my instructions to the letter, and they all behaved as great professionals".Channel Four News reports that the British High Commissioner to the Seychelles, Mathew Forbes, was waiting to greet and assist the 31 Britons on the vessel. Other nationalities embassy representatives were also on hand.
The people of the Seychelles have done everything they can to make their unexpected guests feel welcome, offering the passengers the chance to shower and have a hot meal. Guillame Albert of Creole Travel Services, based on the Seychelles, said:
"I think the happy ending is the people coming off the boat."