British newlyweds Ian and Janice Donoff were probably expecting a relaxing and romantic honeymoon sailing along the Italian coast when they boarded the Costa Concordia cruise ship, but that all changed when their ship ran aground off the Italian coast on Jan. 13, killing 11 people.
The couple was lucky enough to survive the ordeal, but this isn't the first time a disaster has hit newlyweds on their honeymoon.
From tsunamis to plane crashes to train wrecks, couples have endured scary catastrophes together -- all in the first few weeks of their brand-new marriages.
Click through the slideshow below to see how these couples survived honeymoon disasters.
When Swedish newlyweds Stefan and Erika Svanstrom decided to go on a romantic four-month honeymoon in December 2010 with their infant daughter, they knew they were in for an adventure. But nothing could have prepared them for the six natural disasters that would come their way. In addition to the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the family encountered flooding in Brisbane, snowstorms in Munich, monsoon rains in Bali, bush fires in Perth, a category 5 Cylone in Cairns, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand. Amazingly, the couple survived it all. Above, a news photo of people stranded after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Walt and Donyelle Wilkins were headed to the Bahamas for their island honeymoon when their plane, Air Sunshine flight 502, crashed into the water in July 2003. The newlyweds treaded water for nearly two hours, and were able to hold two other passengers above the water as they waited for help to arrive. Although land was in sight (the plane had crashed just six miles from the location of their destination,) the survivors were located near the most remote and uninhabited part of the island. Finally, help came, but unfortunately two of the plane's passengers did not survive.
Colorado newlyweds Brandon and Brandy Wiley had planned to spend four months exploring Costa Rica's western coast in November 2001. But their plans were interrupted when their small plane crashed 50 miles southwest of San Jose. The couple, along with three other survivors, miraculously survived the accident, which left them stranded and injured in the dark South American jungle for hours. The survivors were finally rescued by a local cattle farmer.
In August 2008, honeymooners Nick and Claire Harvey were on a Bangkok Airways flight to Koh Samui, a Thai island, when their plane crashed into a control tower on landing. The couple, who were in the second week of their honeymoon, were badly injured and had to undergo surgery after breaking their legs in the crash. Despite their injuries, the groom said he felt "very lucky" because the couple had been sitting in the front row.
British newlyweds Richard and Dawn Stroud had just finished their two-week honeymoon in Thailand and were headed back to Bangkok when their Orient Express train collided with another train in October 2009. The couple survived with a few fractured ribs and bad body bruising. But others weren't so lucky: The tragic crash killed 10 people and wounded up to 50. Above, a news photo of the train crash near Hua Hin, Thailand.