Cruise Ship Crash Sparks Fear in Travelers
If a picture speaks a thousand words, then the video and images of the half-sunken Costa Concordia present a major challenge for cruise lines.

Dallas Resident Phillip Leal said he and his wife are leaving on a cruise to the Bahamas tomorrow, despite his wife's reservations.

Leal said, "She`s a little more nervous, because we`ve got three kids, leaving them behind with their grandparents to be watched. Her thoughts on it were a little more nerve wrecking, as far as, `Oh no, I hope this doesn`t happen to me. I hope this doesn`t happen.'"

It's the same reaction many had after seeing the European vessel submerged in the Mediterranean Sea.

Travel Expert Tom Parsons said, "These were the best pictures of a catastrophe I've ever seen. I mean, if you rank it, you'd say the Titanic, but this one with the 4,200 people, I mean, there could have been a lot more deaths than happened."

Parsons said about 70 to 80 percent of cruises are booked in February and March, and with this accident fresh in everyone's mind, he's expecting the number of bookings to be lower this year, and maybe even into the next.

"For the next few weeks, while it`s in everybody's face, we`re gonna say no cruises this year," Parsons said. "Now, if there`s another incident in the next few weeks, all bets are off."

Even though images of the submerged Concordia are making many vacationers nervous, Leal said he isn't worried.

He said, "It really didn't affect my thoughts on the process. I mean, it`s the same thing as when you see an airplane go down. Is it really gonna stop me from flying? When you see a car accident, is it really gonna stop you from driving?"

In fact, Leal said he feels more safe now than before the cruise ship crashed.

"Anytime something like that occurs, automatically, most other cruise lines take extra precautions so it doesn`t happen to them as well," Leal said.