Hi Dale,

I stopped and visited Jeff today in Marietta on my way home from Ohio Univ. Concordia was brought up with neither of us hearing any new updates on her aside from a few more bodies being recovered some time back. I was aware of the holes that were cut into the hull for easier entrance/removal of items. Unreal to think of how difficult it must be for the divers to navigate through it.

I believe she had horizontal compartments in her hull, which tells the story as to why she rolled to the opposite side of the gash. I thought in the beginning that she would probably be considered for scrapping. Even if she were to be salvaged I believe the stigma from the disaster and loss of life would keep many passengers from booking a trip on her.

Carnival is said to be down in bookings but have not specified which companies of the conglomerate that are being affected. I would feel more comfortable booking with a Carnival owned Line after all this because they're under the microscope of so many now. When I was on the QM2's crossing to New York in December, I felt her safety procedures prior to leaving Southampton were above par. Once we made it into open water we encountered rough seas (fluctuating between Force 10-11) for three days and the crew seemed to be very much competent and prepared just in case any emergency arose. Further comfort no doubt came from Commodore Rynd being very assuring - All of this a month before the Concordia disaster. Along with Costa and other lines, Cunard is owned by Carnival as well these days.