Saw this on another forum:
The current plight of the Costa Concordia recalls a comment attributed to Winston Churchill.
After his retirement he was cruising the Mediterranean on an Italian cruise-liner and some Italian journalists asked him why an ex-British Prime Minister should choose an Italian ship.
"There are three things I like about being on an Italian cruise-ship", said Churchill. "Firstly, their cuisine is unsurpassed. Secondly, their service is superb. And then, in time of emergency, there is none of this nonsense about women and children first".