Costa Cruises has released this statement about the welfare of passengers aboard the Costa Allegra:
On board soft drinks and cold foods such as fruits, cold cuts and cheeses are being served. Mineral water is provided for personal hygiene needs. Fresh bread is delivered daily via helicopter.
Costa Cruises says its 'Care Team' will reach the ship within the next few hours and will begin "working to achieve repatriation of all guests". It said another team on the Sechelles is organising hospitality for the passengers when they arrive.
Costa has optioned more than 600 airline seats to facilitate guest travel and more than 400 hotel rooms have been reserved for guests’ accommodations needs
Costa Cruises, the company that owns the Costa Allegra, says the cruise ship is due to arrive in Mahé, Seychelles on March 1st. The exact time will depend on weather conditions. The statement says the company is in constant communication with the ship.
- Ship lost power yesterday after a fire in the generator room knocked out the engines, lights and air conditioning.
- Passengers face another night in darkness as the emergency supply of electricity ran out this evening.
- Helicopters are due to ferry food and torches to more than one thousand passengers tomorrow morning.
A helicopter will deliver 400 flashlights and supplies of fresh bread tomorrow to those stranded on board the Costa Allegra, currently floating on the Indian ocean. A small generator delivered by a Navy ship earlier today has enabled the crew to restore some basic services this evening.
Passengers aboard the Costa Allegra have been told tonight it will not be safe for them to disembark tomorrow morning. The ship is being towed to the island of Desroches but stranded travellers will not be able to leave until the ship reaches the main Seychelles island of Mahe on Thursday morning.
Six weeks after her son survived the Costa Concordia disaster, Joyce Thomas is waiting anxiously for the return of her daughter; a crew member on another Costa ship stranded in the Indian Ocean.
A mother whose son was rescued from the Costa Concordia is now waiting anxiously for the return of her daughter from the Costa Allegra. Jayne Thomas has had no news of her daughter Rebecca since a dire broke out on board as the ship is using it's limited power supply to co-ordinate the rescue.