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P. 131: "Margaritaville at Sea" cruise line announced

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If the ship wasn't in such bad shape I wouldn't be surprised at Carnival making it disappear for a couple of years and voila! New sister ship to the Splendor.

 

Edit: I could've sworn that I saw another cruise ship in the background of the live feed! I'm sure it was my imagination because surely no cruise line would be so stupid.

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^Like another Carnival ship comes too close to check out what's going on and crashes into it!?? Or is that just what I'm hoping for?

 

I'm surprised that this hasn't been part of their cruise itineraries since this happened. They could even rename one of their ships "Carnival It Could Be Worse" or "Costa At Least We're Not on that Tub."

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I just finished writing a paper on the parbuckling operation; getting information on the progress in real time has really been cool. Yahoo News has reported this morning that there is now an operation underway to find the two bodies that were never recovered (link). I can't say whether or not I'm looking forward to that news or not.

 

On another note, I think I will miss being able to see the Costa Concordia listing from Google Maps

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I'm hoping that once they refloat the rest of ship, that maybe we'll get to see some pictures of the interior, particularly the atrium, theatre and casino. It'd be fascinating to see what they look like after being under water for so long.

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I'm hoping that once they refloat the rest of ship, that maybe we'll get to see some pictures of the interior, particularly the atrium, theatre and casino. It'd be fascinating to see what they look like after being under water for so long.

 

Ditto, I'm sure we will get to see that at some point. They probably need to be sure the ship is secure before letting anyone inside. Pretty good pictures of the outside so far.

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Whatever happened to the Captain that abandoned ship (jail, probation,etc...)? I have not seen him in the news lately or have been reading the wrong stories.

 

EDIT: A little Google search on my part helped

 

 

As the recovery of his ship progresses, Capt Schettino is believed to be at home with his wife in the seaside town of Meta di Sorrento, near Naples.

 

His trial, in which he faces charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship, started in July in Grosseto in Tuscany, the closest city to the scene of the disaster.

 

He claims that the rocky reef that the ship hit on the night of Jan 13 2012 was not marked on his nautical charts - despite the fact that it appears on tourist maps of Giglio.

 

At the hearing, his lawyer denied that the captain had deliberately abandoned ship, instead insisting that the skipper had been inadvertently thrown off the ship by accident.

 

Capt Schettino has previously claimed that he accidentally "tripped" and tumbled into a lifeboat, which was then lowered and took him to shore.

 

"The idea that he abandoned the ship is a wrong interpretation," Mr Pepe, Schettino's lawyer, said outside court. "We want the truth to come out of this trial".

 

Capt Schettino says he has been made a scapegoat by Costa Cruises, the Italian company that owns the ship, claiming that managers encouraged him to sail close to Giglio in order to provide a spectacle for passengers.

 

There is currently a long break in legal proceedings over the summer, with the trial set to reconvene on Monday 23 September.

 

Up to 700 witnesses and plaintiffs are expected to attend the trial, meaning it could last for years.

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10312081/Costa-Concordia-captain-where-is-Francesco-Schettino-now.html

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Since the ship has been righted I guess that means that parts of the ship that haven't been underwater are now underwater. It also seems like the ship is more flooded than it was before, but I guess that doesn't matter since it's stabilized? It's going to be one hell of a job getting the water out and the thing afloat.

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Just read this article.

 

I wasn't even aware that there were still two missing (presumed dead) passengers. While I am very interested in the process of raising the ship and love poking fun at Carnival I still have to remind myself that that this is a tragedy. I'm sure this is a hard time for the families waiting for their loved ones bodies to be recovered. Hopefully they will find closure.

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I think the craziest part is that the cost of salvaging the ship is going to end up being more than the cost of a brand new ship. Read an article that said the operation has already cost $700 million dollars. Couldn't have happened to a better company.

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