Concordia-class cruise ship

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Costa Pacifica in Katakolo 3.jpg
Class overview
Builders: Fincantieri
Operators: Costa Cruises
Carnival Cruise Lines
Preceded by: Costa Cruises: Fortuna class
Carnival Cruise Lines: Conquest class
Succeeded by: Costa Cruises: Dream class
Carnival Cruise Lines: Dream class
Built: 2006-2012
In service: 2006-present
Planned: 6
Completed: 6
Active: 5
Lost: 1
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 113,300-114,500 GT
Length: 952 ft (290.2 m)
Beam: 116 ft (35.4 m)
Decks: 14
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 3,006 Passengers
Notes: 1,150[clarification needed]

The Concordia class is a class of cruise ships that are operated by Costa Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines, subsidiaries of Carnival Corporation & plc.

The ship's design is based on the design of Carnival's Conquest-class fleet of ships. Carnival operates only a single vessel in this class, Carnival Splendor, which is marketed as a Splendor-class ship. However, Carnival Splendor is based on the Concordia class. Including Carnival Splendor, there are currently five ships sailing in this class.[1]

However, their design from lido (pool) deck up to the top deck was enlarged and redesigned. The most notable difference is the structure around the main pool. The main pool features a glass exterior on both sides of the ship. A retractable roof was also added for the main pool. Another notable difference is the enlargement of its spa facilities. Each ship has a 21,000-ft2 (2,000-m2) wellness facility. Additional spa cabins were also included into the Concordia class.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Costa Concordia capsized on January 13, 2012, after running aground shortly off the coast of Tuscany. The ship had departed from Civitavecchia on a seven-day Mediterranean cruise with 3,229 passengers and a crew of 1,023. The grounding caused a 50-metre (160 ft) gash in the hull, flooding the ship and causing the death of 32 people after the ship capsized and partially sank next to the shore.[2] Although the ship sank only partially and next to the shore, its evacuation was chaotic and its captain was subsequently arrested on preliminary charges of multiple manslaughter in connection with not only causing a shipwreck, but also failing to assist 300 passengers and failing to be the last to leave the wreck.[3]

Carnival Splendor experienced a fire in her engine room on November 8, 2010, resulting in a loss of all electrical power and stranding the vessel with almost 4,500 on board.[4]

Vessels of the class[edit]

Image Built Ship Operator Tonnage Flag Notes
Costa Concordia in Palma, Majorca, Spain.JPG 2006 Costa Concordia Costa Cruises 114,500 GT  Italy Capsized in 2012 Will be scrapped in 2014
Costa Serena-agosto 2008.JPG 2007 Costa Serena Costa Cruises 114,500 GT  Italy Shadow's almost Identical to the Costa Favolosa
Carnival Splendor 2.JPG 2008 Carnival Splendor Carnival Cruise Lines 113,300 GT  Panama Referred to as a Splendor-class cruise ship. Originally designed and ordered for Costa Crociere but transferred to Carnival Cruise Lines during construction
Costa Pacifica departing Tallinn 8 June 2013.JPG 2009 Costa Pacifica Costa Cruises 114,500 GT  Italy
Costa Favolosa 2011-10-18.jpg 2011 Costa Favolosa Costa Cruises 114,500 GT  Italy Identical to the Costa Serena and Costa Fascinosa, Modified Concordia class
Costa Fascinosa and Costa Magica in Venice.JPG 2012 Costa Fascinosa Costa Cruises 114,500 GT  Italy Identical to the Costa Favolosa, Modified Concordia class

References[edit]

  1. ^ "order for two new ships from Fincantieri". Costa Crociere S.p.A. October 18, 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "2 American, 2 German victims of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster are identified". The Associated Press. 17 April 2012. Archived from the original on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "No. 12/285 N.R. and No. 12/117 Magistrate in Charge of Preliminary Inquiries". Republic of Italy, Court of Grosseto. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "More details emerge about Carnival Splendor fire". USA Today. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 

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