When the Costa Con Concordia ran aground, one person was to blame the cruise’s captain Francesco Schettino, who just minutes after the incident was kissing Domnica Cemortan at his cabin, this is what she recently confessed about their brief affair.
The first time we heard about Domnica Cemortan, was when witnesses at the Costa Concordia said she and Captain Schettino were seen having dinner together, one crew member added that she was invited at the bridge, she was one of the firs to get on a boat, with all her luggage plus there was one string in all concerning Domnica, why is she was a member of the Concordia cruise why her name was not on the list?
It was Domnica Cemortan who said that her name was not on the list because she got on the ship as a passenger, she did said that she had a crush on Schettino (who is married) but she was not his mistress (even though her bikinis and other of her belongings were found at his cabin), and was at the bridge with him at the time of the wreck, but at the same time she stated that she help save many and if so many lives were safe was because of the captain, who according to her did not leave the ship before the passengers.
Although she was not a suspect of any wrongdoing Italian police were ken to more questioning, and so it seemed that little by little more dirty secrets are been revealed, and all just a few days after two bodies were retrieved from the sunken ship.
Domnica Cemortan who was recently interview by the DailyMail admitted of been at Schettino’s cabin where they kissed and where her clothes were placed temporally until a cabin becomes available, she also believed that she would have ended up having sex with Schettino if nothing had happened.
‘So much rubbish has been written about me that I think I must now defend my reputation. They are acting as if I’m some sort of femme fatale, but I don’t sleep around.
‘Yes, I was very attracted to Captain Schettino and he was clearly interested in me. I admit that I had a big crush on him because he was very good-looking and very charming.’
Domnica adds: ‘He once told me that I had both beauty and brains. What woman would not want to hear such words – especially when there were many women much more beautiful than me on board the ship? I knew he liked me and I was very flattered by his attention.
‘When I worked on the ship he had made it clear that he thought me special. I’m a woman and I know these things. I could tell by the way he laughed at my jokes and how he looked at me; there was always a twinkle in his eyes when we spoke.
‘I admit that I was attracted to him, but honestly, we did not have sex.
‘He was always respectful when I was a member of his staff, but once I was a passenger then it was different. I think we probably would have ended up in bed, eventually, but I never found out because of the crash.
‘Of course,’ says Domnica, ‘I’m very sorry that so many people died or were hurt that night. It was a tragic accident and people are looking to find someone to blame. Maybe there was human error, maybe the captain was in some way responsible; I don’t know. For me, it was more a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
‘I don’t think he knew I was coming back because I didn’t tell anyone except the entertainment director, who was my immediate boss. Because of the discount I was able to find out which cabin I had only once we had set sail. So the first thing I did was call my boss, who said that he was in the captain’s office and I should come up.
‘When I arrived, the captain looked surprised to see me. My boss said I still had to wait for a cabin and the captain said that I could leave my luggage in his cabin. I then went to see my friends on board. When I called my boss later, he suggested I should go to the restaurant at 9pm to get a cabin key.’
After saying hello to my friends on the ship I returned to change for dinner at about 8pm – that was the practice when I was a part of the crew. The captain was there but he politely left me to change.
‘He came back in as I was leaving and said that I looked stunning. He took my hand and kissed it.’
When pressed, however, she asks me to stop recording the interview. Then, with a knowing smile, she coyly admits that he had grasped her in a passionate embrace and, to her surprise, kissed her hard on the mouth. But she insists the intimacy stopped there. ‘I didn’t want people to know this because they might get the wrong idea,’ she explains, then refuses to say any more about the incident.
As for dining with the captain, Domnica says she joined Schettino and her (male) boss only for dessert and coffee.Afterwards, the captain invited me to the bridge, to “see a beautiful panorama of the island” and we left the restaurant at about 9.30pm.”
‘I was there for about ten minutes. I could see the lights of the island; I thought it was normal to go so close. The captain issued orders to about a dozen officers on the glass-fronted deck. They were speaking in Italian and marine terms, so I didn’t really understand.
‘The crash happened about 15 seconds afterwards. It was all very sudden. There was no bang. We didn’t feel the collision because we were at the front and it happened at the back. But the sirens came on and warning lights were flashing on the console and alarms blaring.’
“When I returned to the bridge I saw the captain looking very much in control. I watched as the boat listed to one side. He asked me to stay because I speak four languages, while colleagues were told to get to their muster stations.
‘At the end I saw the captain there with just two officers. He was coordinating the evacuation. Then he saw me and said I should go to deck three where people were getting into lifeboats. He said, “Save yourself.” I thought he looked very calm so it made me feel confident that it would be OK. I checked my watch and it was about 11.50pm when I left him on the bridge.
‘People say he’s a coward and that he didn’t act to save people, but it’s not true. He steered the ship into shallow water and made it easier for people to either swim or be rescued. I think he saved a lot of lives that night and was very courageous.’
‘I would dearly love to speak with him again,’ she says with a wistful smile. ‘I want to know what went wrong and how he’s coping.
‘It’s not that I miss him, but he was a nice man and I think they are making him into a kind of monster.
‘Everyone is blaming him for what happened, but I don’t think he did anything wrong. It was just a terrible accident.’
I guess Domnica and Schettino did had a little affair, right??