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Leonara Chavez and David Zambrano were on the Splendor when it lost power in 2010. They said watching coverage of the Triumph passengers' ordeal was "like looking in a mirror." "It's like deja vu," Chavez said. She said they took the free cruise offered by Carnival after the 2010 debacle. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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Prices are a la carte. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY New on Norwegian Breakaway is Ocean Blue, a seafood eatery run by Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY More than 50 electronic screens around the ship allow passengers to make bookings for restaurants and shows — a first in the industry. The screens also offer general information about venues around the ship as well as easy-to-follow directions. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Located on Deck 8, La Cucina serves Tuscany-inspired Italian dishes. It costs $15 per person. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY In addition to interior seating, La Cucina has an outdoor seating area along the ship's the Deck 8 "Waterfront." Gene Sloan, USA TODAY The Deck 8 Waterfront features outdoor seating areas for a number of restaurants and bars, including Shaker's. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Designed with New York supper clubs in mind, The Manhattan Room on Deck 7 features a large dance floor as a focal point and is the site of live music and dancing during meals. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Among the entertainment in The Manhattan Room is a 'Burn the Floor' ballroom dancing show. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Norwegian Breakaway has a stylish, contemporary decor that extends to the ship's hallways, including elevator areas. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY The Breakaway Casino on Deck 7 is home to more than 300 slot machines and 26 gaming tables offering poker, black jack, roulette and craps. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen O'Sheehan's, a pub-like sports bar and grill that first debuted on Norwegian Epic in 2010, is back in a similar form on Norwegian Breakaway. It serves fish and chips, burgers and other classic pub food. Amusements include miniature bowling, pool and air hockey tables, and interactive arcade games. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Norwegian Breakaway's Breakaway Theater is home to the five-time Tony Award nominated Broadway show 'Rock of Ages.' Gene Sloan, USA TODAY Fullscreen Like Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway also houses a circus tent-like space for a circus-style dinner show. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

No matter how technologically advanced a cruise ship may be or how modern its safety procedures or how strict the web of international regulations, passenger safety still depends on the captain's ability to make good decisions. It's not clear what difference more stringent regulations would have played in the decisions of Captain Francesco Schettino, who allegedly deviated from a set route, abandoned ship after the disaster with passengers still aboard and did not return to the ship to lead rescue efforts when ordered by local port officials, according to transcripts between authorities and the captain. In light of the Concordia disaster, the new head of the International Maritime Organization — the United Nations agency responsible for shipping safety, security and prevention of marine pollution — has promised to look into the regulation of large passenger ships. "We should seriously consider the lessons to be learnt and, if necessary, re-examine the regulations on the safety of large passenger ships in the light of the findings of the casualty investigation," IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said in a statement released Monday. "In the centenary year of the Titanic, we have once again been reminded of the risks involved in maritime activities." The Costa Concordia struck rocks on January 13 and turned on its side off the Italian island of Giglio. A bench from the cruise liner is seen on the shore on January 20, a week after the ship ran aground. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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