The daring salvage of the Costa Concordia began today and Examiner has an exclusive video of the engineering feat.
Lest you forgot: 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 (nearly a dozen died and many other were injured) retrieval got underway today off the cost of Giglio, Italy. whers.
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).
Watch the initial stages of the recovery of a once super luxury liner that 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.