An Italian court found Capt Francesco Schettino guilty of manslaughter and sentenced him to 16 years in prison.
Schettino was in command of Costa Concordia on the night of January 13, 2012, when it struck rocks and sank off the coast of Giglio Island in Italy. The prosecutor said Schettino also abandoned ship before everyone else was off. Thirty-two people died in the accident.
Schettino is expected to file an appeal and request that he remain out of prison while it is pending.
The complete story appeared in February 11 edition of Cruise News Daily.