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A cruise ship called the Costa Concordia struck rocks Friday evening near Giglio Island off the Italian coast. At least six people are dead and others are unaccounted for. The gripping coverage of the incident has inspired lots of comments about cruise ship safety and a few references to the legendary Titanic disaster.
People thought about their own cruise experiences and what it would be like to be on vacation and suddenly fighting for your life. Many talked about cruise ship safety.
abbydaddy: "Well, the loss of life could have been much worse. Yet one life lost is too many. The crew, and passengers never took the lifeboat training seriously. Just a formality before the party starts. Right. Sadly many lives will be scarred by the memories of moments of life vs death. Though the Italian rescue crews seem to have performed exemplarily."
Sixnard: "Uh, there wasn't any lifeboat training. I don't see why you're including the passengers in your blame-laying. And demanding 100% freedom from risk is simply ridiculous; in an accident of this scale, it is remarkable that more than 99% of passengers and crew made it safely ashore, even more so given the apparent incompetence of captain and crew."
bcn4: "There is no real 'lifeboat training' on any cruise. The muster drill instructs you were to go in case of an emergency, who to look for, how to put on and secure the life jackets, etc. It's the same as on airplanes - how many people really watch the crew as they go thru the safety drill at the start of the flight? Not too many. But - the same as after the US Airways jet landed in the Hudson - my next flight, everyone was paying attention to that drill. On my next cruise in two weeks, everyone will be paying attention at muster."
Rick1948: "International maritime law requires that an evacuation drill be done within 24 hours AFTER DEPARTURE. What lunacy! A ship can be 50 feet away from the dock and sink. Most US based ships do it while the ship is still at the dock. It's obvious from the accounts of the chaos that not having done the drill yet was a big factor in this one."
Some of the conversation centered on the captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino. Speaking on Italian television, he insisted the rocks were not marked on his map.
"So was this the captain's maiden voyage past this island?" commenter BD70 asked.
Many of our readers wanted to know if Schettino made an early exit. He has denied abandoning ship, saying he and his crew were the last to leave the Concordia. Other readers said the captain has some explaining to do.
drxym: "This captain is toast. The ship is a $500 million writeoff and he killed at least six people through his actions."
Rick1948: "Expensive, but not a write-off. They're raise, repair, rename, and sail her again."
There was also a lot of discussion about rescue procedures. Some readers debated whether women and children should really go first. Reader cats22 said it was an old "law of the sea" that people follow.
PSAGuy: " ' Women (and children) first.' I wholeheartedly agree with the children part, but what happened to women's equality during this tough time? Interesting. ... That 'law of the sea' came from a time when women had special privileges. Those days are gone at their request. Now, those do not exist. Law of the sea is outdated I think."
BethTexas1: "Exactly. We want our equality ... except when it inconveniences us."
Sixnard: "Although the reasoning doesn't make sense, it's still a practical protocol simply because women and children are smaller than men on average. If you're trying to get as many people off the ship as quickly as possible, you can fit more smaller people into any given lifeboat than otherwise, so it makes sense statistically to still abide by it."
jody38: "Glad to hear that they let the women and children go first! As it should be!!"
Would special suits have averted tragedy in any way?
Manny296: "Why would people go on a cruise that is going into cold water with only warm water survival gear? This ship had no cold water survival suits for the passengers. ... I noticed that the captain had one on."
The incident turned some people off from cruises.
bustedagain: "No cruise for me anytime soon ... LOL"
Rick1948: "Me either. I watched that movie 'Titanic' three times and you know what? That sucker sank all three times!"
These readers said references to the Titanic are unwarranted.
brooklynmc: "I know I was not there ... but to compare this to the Titanic is a huge stretch."
maschwar77: "Comparing this to the Titanic is an irresponsible conclusion to draw. However, the article noted some significant failures on the part of the crew and harsh lessons will need to be learned from this. I, for one, don't live in fear and I would gladly take a cruise tomorrow. Of all of the people that go on cruises, this accident represents a tiny fraction when you consider the sheer numbers that experience accident-free cruises."
MoleyMoley: "In these modern times when ship sinkings are rare, the only frame of reference that most people have to a disaster at sea is from watching a movie which has realistic scenes like Titanic or the Poseidon Adventure. Both ships sank, but I would have said Titanic myself since it would come to mind rather then the Poseidon ship. Please tell us how should people refer this to if not the Titanic?"
But it's interesting to note that the Titanic sank almost 100 years ago - on April 15, 1912.
BigEasyInNO: " 'Ominous scraping sound' ... much like when the Titanic hit the iceberg, this ship hit the rocks. Too eerily coincidental almost 100 years apart."
The incident may bring cost savings for future cruises, some are hoping.
safeman63: "I hope this causes cruise prices to drop. I'm planning on going on my 3rd cruise in December 2012."
Sixnard: "If you can move it up to the next month or two, you can probably count on big savings."
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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.