After the horrific accident on the Costa Concordia that took the lives of 25 people just weeks ago, another Costa cruise ship is dead in the water.  There was a fire on board the Costa Allegra that caused a ship-wide power outage.

The ship is adrift in the Indian Ocean, an area known for pirates.  A helicopter was scheduled to drop off food this morning to more than 1,000 passengers that are stranded at sea, and tug boats are en route to get the ship back to port.

While the Allegra is in tow, the Concordia is still on its side off the coast of Italy.  The Costa Concordia disaster has been compared to the devastating maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic.  That ship was doomed when it struck an iceberg and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean almost 100 years ago. The collision happened at 11:40pm on April 14th, and succumbed to it's watery grave at 2:20am on April 15th.

Ironically, just days before the anniversary of Titanic's demise, James Cameron is re-releasing his 1997 film in 3D.  The film hits theaters with a special preview in Canada on April 2nd, in the U.S. on April 3rd, and then will be in theaters everywhere on April 4th.

As the cruise ship chaos continues for Costa Cruise Lines, I find myself glad that we took our cruise before any of these recent calamities unfolded, even though we had a scary episode of our own.

Do the recent problems with Costa Cruise Lines make you less likely to take a cruise?  Leave your comments after the video below, that shows the Costa Allegra helpless at sea.