ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- "When you're on a cruise, the Titanic always comes up, but in a joking manner. You never imagine it could actually happen," said Alexandria resident, Emily Bonilla.
Three days ago, Bonilla and Leonard Pieton were wrapping up a romantic cruise in the Mediterranean. The couple took a video of the wait staff singing and dancing in the main dining room on the last night of their cruise. Little did they know, it was also the last night that their ship would be afloat.
Around the same time that the Costa Concordia was crashing into rocks off the coast of Tuscany, Pieton was giving Bonilla a very different kind of rock. He proposed at the Coliseum in Rome, just hours after disembarking from the Costa Concordia.
"It's surreal. You don't really expect to see the boat you just stepped off of halfway underwater," said Pieton.