Speaking Engagements

In January 2012, the cruise ship, Costa Concordia, ran aground spilling 3200 passengers and 1,000 crew members into the dark waters of the Mediterranean. Thirty-two people died and many more suffered physical and emotional scars that are still healing. Andrea and Laurence Davis, South African natives and Canadian citizens were unable to find space in a lifeboat and along with others, had to swim for their lives as the 2000 foot long ship was rolling over on top of them. Filled with raw emotion, the chaotic events of that night are told through Andrea’s eyes from the overturning dining room, to the open deck full of panic and confusion, the decision to jump into the black waters and swim to a rocky shore, and the painful hike over coral rocks to safety. We witness the warm hospitality of the local Islanders who rescued, fed, and clothed the survivors and the waiting world who prayed for news of their safety. The incredible decision to return to the scene of the disaster only six months later and thank the people of Giglio, despite the challenges of language and customs, attests to the open-hearted courage of the Davis couple. Their hopes, fears, prayers, tears, and joy bring the reader on board and into troubled waters as we get an insider’s look at a maritime disaster that is still in the news.





The influence of this trauma has taught Andrea to manage symptoms of PTSD, recognizing strengths and behavior while formulating new skills .


Owning my own small business, I was left with no option….

Back to work day by day, mastering and understanding the new normal.

Andrea shares this remarkable experience, expertise and talks about levering tools, turning misery into magic.




Victim Services – South West

Swift Current, Saskatchewan

October, 2018


Anderson Cooper 360

Costa Concordia survivors describe their physical and emotional pain

The captain of the Costa Concordia is on trial right now in Italy. If convicted he faces a possible 20 prison sentence. He is blamed for crashing the cruise ship into rocks off Gliglio Island and killing 32 people. Two years later, survivors Andrea and Laurence Davis talk to Anderson about the impact the disaster is having on their lives today.


I had the pleasure of hearing Andrea Davis speak on her book, Survival Was Only the Beginning, at Limmud Winnipeg 2020. She brought her heroic story to life with humor and emotion and had us all on the edges of our seats. I recommend her book to anyone who loves to read about a real-life misadventure, s as md if you have a chance to hear her story in person— don’t miss it!

Dr. Caron Glickman 1 March 2020

Listening to Andrea & her horrifying journey brought me to tears of both sadness & triumph. She’s such a beautiful orator~ she made me “feel” the terror & disbelief of their situation….and I “felt” her gratitude to all that assisted them. Amazing!

Becky Kaufmann 1 March 2020

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Andrea Davis speak about her harrowing experience on the Costa Concordia. Andrea is an engaging speaker who takes her audience along with her on what proved to be a harrowing experience; surviving the sinking of the Costa Concordia. As Andrea shared her experience many felt we were there with her. As the audience, we could feel her fear and sense her determination, as she invited us to share in her eventual triumph. Andrea leaves listeners with a sense of hope, moving forward after a harrowing experience, resiliency, and coming out the other side. Her experience teaches us that it is not what happens to you that generates growth, but how you deal with what happens to you.

Janice Vomberg 1 March 2020

With the purest heart and deepest emotion, Andrea shares her terrifying experience of having to make a decision to jump into the ocean from a sinking cruise ship. Her gratitude for all the smallest kindnesses extended to her and her husband as they survived the horrific night and its aftermath brought a tear to the faces of all of us in the room. Andrea shared her resiliency and healing and brought all audience members to a place of gratitude and love.

Michele Doctoroff 1 March 2020

I have just finished reading your book and just wanted to tell you that I was blown away by it. Your strength, courage and bravery are an inspiration. My husband and I went on a Mediterranean cruise and sailed that route in 2009. My blood ran cold when I heard the news of the Concordia and I followed the story as the tragedy unfolded. I do not think I would have been able to swim as you did. Thank G-d you had the strength to do it and survive. Thank you for writing this amazing book! My husband can’t wait to read it!