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IMO 9109031

June -2020 End of the line for COSTA VICTORIA, from Costa Cruises. At just 24 years old, the vessel, which has a unique history, will be dismantled in Piombino, as announced by Mayor Francesco Ferrari. Designed as the first unit of a class of two, started by COSTA VICTORIA and scheduled to end with COSTA OLYMPIA, the construction of the twin sister was meanwhile canceled due to lack of monetary funds, and then Olympia was acquired by Norwegian Cruise Line, which ended it as NORWEGIAN SKY, after adapting the project, and launched a second twin, the NORWEGIAN SUN. The VICTORIA, however, quickly became, at the beginning of its career, one of the most popular ships in the Costa fleet, at a time when it was essential for the revitalization of the fleet, which in the 90s still had a number of older ships. As written by Francesco Ferrari, " COSTA VICTORIA arrived in Piombino. I was there to welcome the arrival of this colossus of the sea and its captain, Gianfranco La Fauci, in the city, as the ship will be prepared for demolition.

June 12 -2020 Costa Cruises has sold its Costa Victoria, the second oldest unit in the fleet (launched in 1996), to the San Giorgio del Porto shipyard.

The news, anticipated by the French newspaper Meretmarine , found confirmation in Genoa, home to both sides of the deal. The details, including the price, are yet to be formalized. But Costa would have decided for the sale as part of a fleet rejuvenation program accelerated by the coronavirus epidemic, while San Giorgio del Porto would have acquired it to make it a floating hotel (1,900 low beds) for the crews of the ships under repair at the basins managed by its French subsidiary, Chantier Naval de Marseille, a company in which Costa Cruises also owns.

 German newspapers . state that when the market picks up again, the vessel will be probably put back into service by current owners

 

Registered Owner: Costa Crociere Spa - Italy - Beneficial owner: Carnival Corp.& Plc.- Operator: Costa Cruises - Italy

Entered Service:1996 - Refit 2004/2013 - Gross Tonnage: 75.166 - Pass.cap. lower beds: 1928 - All berths: 2464 - Passengerdecks: 12 - Length o.a. : 251 m. - Beam: 32,25 m. - Draft: 7,8 m. - Diesel/electric by 6 MAN diesel engines total power: 50.700 kW. - Propulsion by 2 Controllable pitch propellers 15.000 kW each - Service speed: 22 knots - Built: Bremer Vulkan - Germany - Yard no. Classification: RINA - Flag: Italy.

A sistership Costa Olympia was schelduled for delivery in 1998 however, due to shipyard bankruptcy never completed for Costa.
The uncompleted hull was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line and completed at Lloyd Werft as Norwegian Sky.

      Passenger space ratio all berths: 30.5

 Both images before 2004 rebuild.

Febr. 2004 - Costa Victoria just before leaving the Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven - Germany. In a month-long rebuild, 246 balconies were added to the accommodations on Decks 9, 10, & 11 along with extending the buffet terrace and adding promenades on Deck 11.
Oct. 2013 Costa Victoria is currently undergoing a $18m upgrade at Sembawang Shipyard in Singapore. The new look Costa Cruises vessel will be unveiled on November 11, when she departs from Singapore on her first post-refurb cruise. Refurbished with new balconies, terraces and windows. Almost all of the ship’s interiors are being re-styled in a contemporary European flair.

Images after rebuild

   


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