Wednesday, February 29, 2012
An Italian cruise liner (above) carrying more than 1,000 people was adrift without power in the pirate-infested Indian Ocean on Monday, February 27, 2012, after a fire erupted in its generator room. Officials said the blaze was extinguished without causing injuries.
The fire aboard the Costa Allegra occurred only six weeks after one of its sister ships, the Costa Concordia (above), hit a reef and capsized off Italy, killing 25 people and leaving seven missing and presumed dead. Both ships are operated by Costa Crociere SpA, which is owned by the Florida-based Carnival Corporation.