GRAND  CLASSICA

IMO 8716502

Registered Owner: Costa Crociere Spa. - Italy - Beneficial owner: Carnival Maritime GMBH.-Germany - Operator: (on charter) Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Entered service: 1991 - Refit: 2001/2014/2018 - Gross tonnage:  52.926 -  Pass. cap. lower beds: 1308. - All berths: 1680 - Passenger decks: 10 - Length: 220,61 m. - Beam: 30.80 m. - Propulsion: 4 diesel engines make Sulzer type 8ZAL40S total output 22.800 kW. - 2 Controllable pitch propellers - Service Speed: 18 knots - Max.speed: 20 knots - Built at : Fincantieri - Italy - Yard no.: 5877 - Classification: RINA - Flag: Madeira.

       Passenger space ratio all berths: 31.50
       Passenger space ratio lower beds:
40.46  

Former names: Costa Classica(1991-2014) - Costa neo Classica (2014- 2018) - Grand Classica (2018-until present

Sistership: Costa Romantica - Renamed: Costa neo Romantica (after intensive refurbisment) -

History as Costa Classica:

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is offering a one-way Western Caribbean/Panama Canal cruise ending at Costa Rica. After that August sailing, Grand Classica will be continuing on to Seattle for an undisclosed reason.Typically the ship operates two-night cruises between the Port of Palm Beach and Freeport. Grand Classica will embark Aug. 17-2019 from Palm Beach on a nine-night voyage that stops at Key West and Grand Cayman before a full-day Canal transit, then ends with an overnight at Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

Costa neo Classica. Sold july 2017 to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line  Left Costa fleet march 2018 New name: Grand Classica

July 2017 - Costa cruises has sold the 50,000 ton Costa Neo Classica to an as yet undisclosed buyer.The ship will leave the Costa fleet in March, 2018, after a final season of Maldives cruises.The Port of Palm Beach Commission is scheduled to consider a multi-vessel agreement for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to add a second ship, currently sailing as Costa neo Classica, in 2018. Paradise Cruise Line’s will rename the Costa neoClassica as Grand Classica.

2014 -Refurbishment to Costa neo Classica  less invasive than sister ship Costa neo Romantica. No extra deck and no additional outside cabins

                                          Oct.10-2010 COSTA CLASSICA had collision with another ship near Shanghai last night when returning to Shanghai from Cheju.
The accident might have been resulted from a possible power shortage on the Costa Classica. Her reposition cruise to Hongkong departing Oct.18 today is cancelled and probable the upcoming cruises will also be affected.

The news outlet says several passengers reported to the infirmary with minor injuries. Three passengers were sent ashore for further medical checks.
Oct.20-2010
The Costa Classica has been repaired at a shipyard in Changxing, China in just 96 hours, according to media reports from the region. It is unclear if  the 60 damaged staterooms are in service. The Classica will set sail on her next scheduled departure as planned, on October 23 from Hongkong.
July,19-1997, the Costa Classica was grounded, with 1500 passengers on board, in Kythira, Greece, due to strong winds that broke the ship's anchors. With tug assistance, she was refloated on july 20 and, after an inspection of the hull, she continued the cruise.
Dec. 23-2014 A fire broke out in the funnel aboard Costa Cruises’ recently relaunched COSTAneoCLASSICA  while sailing in the Red Sea. No injuries were reported. The fire was extinguished and the ship was operating normally as it docked in Aqaba on Dec. 24. The company said damage was confined to the external part of the funnel, but an investigation into the cause is underway. The ship is awaiting clearance from Classification Society and Maritime Authority officers, so the departure from Aqaba is expected to be delayed slightly. However, arrival in Eliat was still expected at 6 a.m. local time Dec. 25. The company said shipboard personnel quickly extinguished the fire, which was detected at about 9:25 p.m. Italy time while the ship was en route to Aqaba."The safety of guests and crew was never put at risk and no injury was reported," Costa said.


Short description Grand Classica:
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has grown its capacity by nearly 100 percent with Friday’s official introduction of the Grand Classica at the Port of Palm Beach.
Offering two night cruises, the company also pairs them with land stays in the Bahamas, and is one of the largest contributors to hotel stays in the country. It announced late last year a three-year deal to continue calling in Freeport.
The new Grand Classica underwent a major refurbishment in 2014. In October 2017, a comprehensive drydock took place to improve systems and infrastructure, complemented with refurbishments and improvements to ready the ship for the U.S. market.
Eight dining venues include The Yellow Elder, the main dining room; Admiral’s Steak & Seafood; The Rock Grill; A Slice Above; The Grand Café; The Crow’s Nest Sports Bar & Grill; The Ocean View Buffet and Room Service.
In addition, the Florida-based company recently made a number of improvements to the Grand Celebration, including a new adult-only area, a revitalized casino, and specialty coffee and juice bar.
Bahamas Paradise will be the only cruise line to offer daily departures to Grand Bahama Island from the Port of Palm Beach becoming the largest provider of tourism to the Island, the cruise line said.
Grand Classica features a variety of offerings including:
 10 lively, passenger decks with 658 staterooms and a guest capacity of 1,680
· Eight dining options offering different cuisines and new concepts
· Live entertainment including bands, musicians, singing, dancing and comedy shows
· Casino featuring over 101 popular slot games and 10 table games
· Multiple bars and lounges and a new Sports Bar
· Full-service spa, salon and fitness center
· Adult-only pool area with two whirlpools and a bar
· Large main pool area with spacious deck, lounge chairs and jogging track
· Kid’s club for children ages 3-17 offering complimentary play and activities
· Shopping plaza with a multitude of stores.
The Legends Grand Theater – A two-level theater located on decks 8 and 9, where live Vegas-style shows and performances featuring the Grand Classica singers and dancers will be held, along with comedy shows. There is also a bar and lounge area outside the theater for those who want to enjoy a cocktail before or after the show

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