Summary Box: Fight over cruise ship tow cost time

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Posted: Feb 29, 2012 3:52 PM
Summary Box: Fight over cruise ship tow cost time

THE CLAIM: A disabled cruise ship will have spent an extra 10 to 12 hours at sea because a French fishing vessel that was first to respond to the drifting cruiser refused to give way to faster tug boats, a Seychelles government official said.

THE COUNTERCLAIM: A spokesman for the cruise line denied that the tow would have been faster with the tugs and said the disabled cruise ship was always scheduled to reach the Seychelles' main port on Thursday.

THE DETAILS: The cruise ship Allegra, which means "merry," or "happy" in Italian, is carrying 413 crew members and 627 passengers, including 212 Italians, 31 Britons and eight Americans.