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Costa Concordia - Costa Crociere - cruise ship review and photos

There used to be a time when all newly built cruise ships would head straight for U.S. waters. Not anymore! Europe is HOT and most cruise lines are cashing in on booming European cruise market. An Italian company by origin, Carnival-owned Costa Crociere is growing at an unprecedented rate, with new ships being introduced annually. Latest in the fleet is also the largest Costa vessel ever: Costa Concordia.

Costa Concordia's water slide

Costa has been very eager to point out that the 112,000 ton, 3,000 guest Costa Concordia was built in Italy, flies the Italian flag and is home ported in Italy year-round.

Still, the vessel's design is obviously a modification of Carnival's Conquest Class and her whimsical interiors have been devised by Miami-based Joe Farcus, house designer of the Carnival Corporation. That said, Costa Concordia brings some novelties to the Mediterranean like a Formula 1 race car simulator, two pools that can both be covered by sliding glass roofs and the huge Samsara Spa with adjoining "Spa Suites". Ship Parade's Italian correspondent Stefania Silvestri joined the maiden voyage of Costa Concordia and thankfully took her camera along. Grazie!

Cruise Line: Costa Crociere
Built: 2006
Building Yard: Fincantieri, Sestri Ponente
Gross Tonnage: 112,000
Length: 290.2 m (951.8 ft)
Beam: 35.5 m (116.4 ft)
Passengers (norm.): 3,000
Passengers (max): 3,700
Crew: 1,100
Service speed: 20.0 knots

Atrium "Europa"

Ristorante Milano
Tatra Library
Club Concordia - specialy restaurant. Eeeek!
Vienna Ballroom
Samsara Restaurant - for guests wanting total "wellness"

Funnel

The enormous main pool, which can be covered in inclement weather

Costa Concordia's spectacular balconied main pool - the Lido Riviera Magica, with sliding glass roof
Balconata Riviera Magica - overlooking the main pool
It could just as well be a Carnival ship: Caffetteria Helsinki
Buffet Parigi - the Buffet Restaurant
Grand Bar Berlino
Casino Barcellona - apparently inspired by Gaudi...

 

2006 www.ShipParade.com - Photos by Stefania Silvestri; text and layout by Bart de Boer

First published on July 24, 2006

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