Costa Concordia
Costa Concordia - before the accident

A massive 88 per cent of our readers said they will not change their travel plans as a result of the Costa Concordia tragedy.

Just 10 per cent said they were “quite likely” to change their travel plans and only two per cent said it was “very likely” they would change their plans.

When asked who was to blame for the accident 90 per cent said it was down to error on the part of the captain.

Cruise International editor Adam Coulter said: “These are hugely encouraging figures both for the travelling public and for cruise lines.

“The results clearly show that our audience aren’t going to stop cruising based on this accident – they are a core group of enthusiasts that are still very much in the market for their next holiday.”

The Costa Concordia ran aground two and a half weeks ago off the island of Giglio, Italy, with the loss of 17 lives.

Fifteen people are still unaccounted for out of a total of 4,200 passengers and crew.

Costa Cruises has offered an €11,000 compensation package to Costa Concordia passengers to cover “psychological distress” and all costs associated with the cruise including lost luggage.

Yesterday, the Cruise Lines International Association launched a review to improve safety measures on board ships.

The safety review will include a comprehensive assessment of the critical human factors and operational aspects of maritime safety.

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