As I'm sure all have heard by now, the sister ship of the Costa Concordia, the Costa Allegra, was floating, dead in the water, in the Indian Ocean. Where Somali pirates are known to operate.
"The Costa Allegra's captain Nicolo Alba has said passengers "were never in any danger."" (the BBC)
Never mind pirates: If the weather had kicked up AT ALL, if the ship had found itself broadside to the waves, there might have been a Titanic-size disaster. It defies belief that Alba would downplay the danger. Weather at sea can change on the flip of a coin!