Many consumer groups in Italy have signed an agreement with Costa Cruises to offer about 11,000 euros ($14,458) as compensation to each of the more than 3,000 passengers for losses and injuries after the Concordia cruise ship capsized near the Italian Island of Giglio.
Apart from damages, Costa, a unit of cruise operator Carnival Corp, will also reimburse the full amount of their cruise expenses, travel expenses and medical expenses.
The company announced the agreement Friday, after a day of negotiations between Costa representatives and Italian consumer groups, which represent 3,206 people from 61 countries, Associated Press reported.
According to the agreement, the passengers who are accepting the offer must agree to drop all future legal actions. The amount will be paid within a week of accepting the offer and children will receive the same amount of money as adults.
However, Codacons, a consumer group that did not sign the agreement, suggested passengers not to take the offer and asked them to undergo a check to see if they suffered any psychological trauma as a result of the shipwreck, Reuters reported quoting Carlo Rienzi, the group's president.
Codacons is now collecting names of the passengers who won't accept the offers to file a class action suit in Miami against Carnival Plc, requesting 125,000 euros for each passenger.