Firm not affected by cruise disaster

An Italian firefighter helicopter lifts up a passenger from the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia which ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 15.

An Italian firefighter helicopter lifts up a passenger from the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia which ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 15.

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A Chorley-based cruise company is reporting that business has remained ‘unaffected’ by a dramatic liner crash.

The Costa Concordia vessel was just hours into a Meditterranean cruise when it collided with huge rocks off the Tuscan coast.

The boat was carrying 4,200 passengers and crew, when its hull was ripped open and capsized.

Now, Cruise118, which is part of the world’s largest retailers, Cruise One, is reporting that they have not been affected by the incident yet.

Director James Cole said: “We have traded for four days since the incident and business is still strong, we haven’t seen any drop off from last year’s performance,

“This was a one-off freak incident which human error seem to have played a major part in. The UK customer understands this and that’s why we haven’t seen trading affected.”

The company is based on Moorfield Industrial Estate, Cowling Road, has been a success story locally since it started trading in 2008.

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