UPDATE 3/5/12 Thursday morning local time, March 1, Costa Allegra was pulled safely by TREVIGNON to the main Seychelles island of Mahe. Passengers disembarked into Port Victoria. Some chose to remain on the island for a one- or two-week resort vacation as guests of Costa, in order to enjoy a local carnival, while other passengers chose to fly home as soon as possible on flights chartered by Costa.
During the three days in tow to Mahe, those aboard COSTA ALLEGRA are reported to have lived on deck in 95F heat, eating such food as bread and produce delivered by helicopter, and drinking bottled water. As there was no plumbing nor adequate sanitation, bottled water was also used for washing. No medical problems have been reported. Costa plans to reimburse passengers for their cruise costs, on-board spending, and other associated travel expenses. The cause of the fire is under investigation.