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, 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!



12 July 2017 – YPO Johannesburg, South Africa

“Compelling and spellbinding, depicting the strength of the human spirit”


“If you want to understand how to bring meaning and real life experience into the office, highly recommend inviting Andrea to speak to your teams about the power of the will to survive, being thankful for what we have and to remember how important it is to be prepared for the unexpected-never taking your safety for granted. Andrea you were a pleasure to meet and your spirit and story were deeply felt by the team-I am 100% confident that our time together today will resonate with my team for a lifetime.”


“Good perspective from someone who has gone through a near-death experience and is valuing every day… I was particularly struck with “apologize quickly” and “forgive often”. 


“Another takeaway was to keep myself healthy in case one day I have to physically go above and beyond what I feel my limits are – like you having to swim over to an Island and climb some rocks !!!

Yes, and always tell the ones you love that you love them!

Thank you for taking the time to record and share the details of your very difficult experience and for showing us and encouraging us that there really are good people in the world, strangers willing to help strangers!  That is inspiring.

Truly God has a plan for each of our lives, He sees the bigger picture !”