What isn't said in that article --Wow. I read the article in your link, Wharf Rat. This disaster happened in 2012. First I've heard of it. I didn't know. I'm a boat guy. I fish a lot in the Gulf of Mexico. I lived on a US Navy ship for 3.5 years, many moons ago. I know things can turn to shit very quickly on the water. There was no excuse for this disaster. Entirely Schettino's fault. Shouldn't have happened.
There was a woman passenger on the bridge that had been seen with the captain during the voyage.Concordia's notorious captain Francesco Schettino veered from the approved ship course and approached Giglio to perform a "salute" to a former Costa captain.
One account indicated he was "distracted" while in conversation. There are some other really damning accounts of his and the ships crew's behavior during evacuation.