Weekend morning producer Monica Volante was scheduled to be on the Costa Concordia with her cousin.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Nashville's News 2 weekend morning producer was thrilled to be at work on Saturday morning when she learned of the cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy.
Monica Volante was scheduled to be on the Costa Concordia with her cousin, but had to postpone her trip after being hired by News 2 late last year.
"It's very, very surreal. It's very weird to me," she said after seeing the images of the massive cruise ship lying in the water on its side.
Volante continued, "We researched that trip and that ship inside and out. We knew what the cabins were going to look like, we knew what the pool was going to look like, the restaurants and seeing the whole thing on its side was like, well where would I be right now? Would I be in the water? Would I be sideways in my cabin? Would I be swimming? I don't know where I'd be."
While Volante said she was originally disappointed to have to cancel her trip, she couldn't be more thankful that she was not a part of the disaster.
"I'm a firm believer everything happens for a reason," she said, "I was really bummed I didn't get to go this time around, and I'm still going to go, but I thanked my lucky stars this morning."
Despite what happened, Volante said she and her cousin are still planning to go on the cruise in October.