Cruise tragedy conjures memories of doomed Titanic

By TAMARA LUSH | January 15, 2012 | 3:45 PM EST

The cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side, after it ran aground off the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. A helicopter on Sunday airlifted a third survivor from the capsized hulk of a luxury cruise ship 36 hours after it ran aground off the Italian coast, as prosecutors confirmed they were investigating the captain for manslaughter charges and abandoning the ship. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The first interviews of survivors — and the first impressions of people across the world — of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise liner that ran aground and tipped over in Italy are yielding predictable comparisons to another tragedy: the Titanic.

Both ships many similarities.

The Titanic was the biggest ship built to date in England at that time — and the Concordia was the biggest ship built so far in Italy. One crashed into an iceberg, the other, a reef or rock. The Concordia ran aground off Italy, leaving at least five people dead.

And among the problems were lifeboats. There weren't enough on the Titanic. And some passengers have said the crew waited too long to launch lifeboats on the Concordia, so that they couldn't be used at all because the ship was tilted too far to use them.