Costa Cruises Lines Costa Concordia, the 114,000-ton behemoth that ran aground off a Tuscan island a little less than two years ago, with 4,200 people on board, will undergo her first salvage attempts tomorrow September 16, 2013 according to assorted on line news sources such as BBC UK and others.
The ship, which is owned by Costa Cruises a subsidiary of Carnival Cruises and launched in 2006, capsized when the Captain steered her too close to the shoreline of the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio. The irony of it all is that the Concordia was built to "amaze" according to Costa brochures and promotional materials and we guess it has and will even more once this landmark bold attempt begins. (It will be the heaviest vessel ever lifted from the sea, if all goes well).
The Concordia had 1,500 cabins, 505 with private balcony, 58 suites with private balcony, 12 suites with direct access to its signature Samsara Spa. There were 5 restaurants, including two (Club Concordia and Samsara Restaurant) at an additional charge*, by reservation only; 13 bars including a Cognac & Cigar Bar and Coffee & Chocolate Bar; 5 Jacuzzis, 4 pools including, two with a retractable covers, one for children.
According to the BBC UK the epic attempt to recover the remains of the ill-fated ship was given the go ahead by The Civil Protection agency in light of predicted ideal sea and weather conditions. The BBC UK aldo reported that, “The head of the operation, Nick Sloane, told AFP news agency that it was now or never for the Costa Concordia, because the hull was gradually weakening and might not survive another winter.”
Until now the attempt to get the ship out of the water has cost a whopping $800 million. The tab is expected to escalate ever farther.