The Cost of Cruising

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When the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground in January 2012 with the loss of 32 passengers and crew the environmental dangers to the Tuscan coastline were obvious. The complex salvage operation has begun and there's real concern that the movement of the settled wreck could result in a new disaster.

Julian Rush reports from the island of Giglio on the hopes and fears of local people and considers the risks that the new generation of super-size cruise liners pose to some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.

Producer: Helen Lennard.

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30 minutes

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Wed 15 May 2013 21:00

Julian Rush passes the Costa Concordia

Julian Rush passes the Costa Concordia

Seagrass is the foundation of marine life in this part of the Mediterranean Sea

Seagrass is the foundation of marine life in this part of the Mediterranean Sea
Photo courtesy of Professor Francesco Cinelli, University of Pisa

The wreck of the Costa Concordia

The wreck of the Costa Concordia

Julian Rush meets Leonardo Preziosi of conservation group, Italia Nostra

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