Costa Cruises has offered to pay 11,000 euros ($14,500) in compensation to each of the more than 3,000 passengers aboard the ship that capsized near the island of Giglio two weeks ago, Italian consumer groups said on Friday.
More than four thousand people were on board when the ship hit rocks last Friday.
The offer, negotiated by the consumer groups, is an attempt by Costa Cruises to limit the legal fallout of the accident.
Each passenger would also receive a refund on the cruise and costs of their return home. The offer applies to all passengers, whether a child or an adult, who suffered no physical injuries. Injured passengers will be dealt with individually.
Those accepting the offer would have to agree to drop all future litigation, and receive payment within seven days. Costa Cruises’ U.S. parent company Carnival [CCL 30.62 0.14 (+0.46%) ] is already facing legal action for compensation.