Costa neoClassica as the Costa Classica docked at Kobe port
|Name:||1991-2014: Costa Classica
December 2014: Costa neoClassica
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Port of registry:||1991–1994: Naples, Italy
1994–2000: Monrovia, Liberia
2000–2014: Genoa, Italy
|Identification:||Call sign: ICIC
IMO number: 8716502
MMSI number: 247819000
|Tonnage:||53,000 GT (1993-2012)
56,769 GT (2012-onwards)
|Length:||722 ft (220 m)|
|Beam:||102 ft (31 m)|
|Draft:||25.5 ft (7.8 m)|
|Speed:||18.5 knots (34.3 km/h; 21.3 mph)|
|Capacity:||1,600 passengers (normal)
1,800 passengers (maximum)
Costa neoClassica (formerly Costa Classica) is a cruise ship for Costa Crociere. She was built by Fincantieri Shipyards in 1991; with a sister ship built in 1993, the Costa neoRomantica (then Costa Romantica). In 2001 and 2005, she underwent major refurbishments. On board are two restaurants, 9 bars, 2 swimming pools, and 4 whirlpools.
Refit as the Costa neoClassica
Much like her sister ship, the Costa Romantica which underwent a €90 million refurbishing to become the Costa neoRomantica, the Costa Classica underwent a similar refit in 2014 to join the Costa neoCollection as the Costa neoClassica. She set sail in December 2014 to home port in Port Louis (Mauritius), from January 11 through February 22, 2015 the Costa neoClassica will offer four 16-day Indian Ocean cruises. She will join her sister ship as well as the Costa neoRiviera sailing to unique destinations.
Incidents and accidents
MSC Poesia collision
On June 6, 2008, MSC Poesia and Costa Classica collided in the Adriatic Sea near Dubrovnik, after the anchor line became slack on MSC Poesia and she went adrift. There were no injuries, and the damage was minimal. Both vessels continued on their scheduled itinerary with no delays.
2009 passenger disappearance
A Hong Kong woman and her son disappeared while on a cruise from Beijing to Fukuoka in July 2009. A source confirmed three letters have been found in their cabin concerning the distribution of their belongings. Travel agency Hong Thai Travel confirmed the pair were among 35 tourists who boarded the cruise liner in Tianjin and its tour guide realized the pair were missing on 7 July. Costa Crociere said it had reported to law enforcement bodies in Korea, the mainland and Japan.
2010 collision near Shanghai
On 18 October 2010, Costa Classica collided with the Belgian-flagged vessel near the deep water channel of the Yangtze River as it returned to Shanghai from Cheju, Korea. Several passengers reported to the infirmary with minor injuries. Three passengers were sent ashore for further medical checks. News images show a gash along the starboard side of Costa Classica that stretched about 60 feet and well above the ship's waterline. Costa Classica docked a few hours after the incident and passengers on the current voyage of the ship were disembarked.
Costa Classica then sailed to Changxing, China to undergo an emergency drydock. It took just 96 hours to complete repairs and then she resumed her service. Next voyage was resumed in Hong Kong on October 25 with two days short where Manila Port was cancelled.
2012 Mainland visitors were banned from entering Sanya, China
On 24 January 2012, more than 300 mainland visitors were banned from entering Sanya, China from Costa Classica. Those affected vowed their passports had been inspected by the staff on the cruise, but they were not told beforehand concerning their visa problem. Conflicts arose on the ship while hundreds and thousands of visitors were lining up to leave the ship. Costa Classica refused to take the responsibility of the fault and to compensate for the loss of other passengers not involved. Most passengers were forced to shorten and cancel their trips at Sanya due to the delay and chaos.
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- Patsy Moy (July 16, 2009). "Cabin letters offer clues to mother and son". The Standard. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- Gene Sloan (18 October 2010). "Costa Cruises ship damaged in collision with cargo ship; voyage canceled". USAToday. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- "Costa Classica Repaired in 96 Hours". CruiseInd. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
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