Costa Mediterranea

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Costa Mediterranea in Stockholm, Sweden in May 2008.
Career
Name: Costa Mediterranea
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Costa Crociere
Port of registry:  Italy, Genoa
Builder: Kværner Masa-Yards
Helsinki, Finland
Yard number: 502
Laid down: 1 October 2000
Completed: 27 May 2003
Identification: Call sign: IBCF
IMO number: 9237345
MMSI number: 247088200
Status: In service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Spirit-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 85,619 GT
53,437 NT
7,500 DWT
Length: 292.5 m (960 ft)
Beam: 32.2 m (106 ft)
Height: 2,606.0 mm (102.60 in)
Draught: 8 m (26 ft)
Depth: 13.6 m (45 ft)
Decks: 12
Propulsion: Twin propellers
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)
Capacity: 2,114 passengers
Crew: 912
Notes: [1]

Costa Mediterranea is a Spirit-class cruise ship operated by the Costa Crociere cruise line. She was constructed at the Kvaerner Masa-Yards (currently Aker Finnyards) in Helsinki, Finland at a cost of over 400 million. Like sister ship Costa Atlantica, her design was derived from the Carnival Cruise Lines Spirit-class ships, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend and Carnival Miracle. On June 16, 2003 she departed on her maiden voyage from Genoa to Spain and Portugal.

Public rooms aboard Costa Mediterranea such the ten floor high Maschera d'Argento atrium, were inspired by Italy's 16th and 17th century palazzi and decorated to reflect the ship's motto "Mai visto niente di simile" (You've never seen anything like it). The twelve decks are named after mythological and historical characters: Circe, Tersicore, Bacco, Teseo, Orfeo, Narciso, Prometeo, Pegaso, Armonia, Cleopatra, Pandora and Medea.

Amenities and features[edit]

  • Four swimming pools, one with a retractable glass roof
  • Four open-air Jacuzzis
  • Beauty salon and spa
  • Three-story gym
  • Multi-purpose sports court
  • Three restaurants: Ristorante degli Argentieri (two-story main dining venue), Perla del Lago Buffet, Club Medusa (alternative dining venue)
  • 14 Themed bars and lounges
  • Egyptian themed Osiris Theatre
  • Canal Grande Casino
  • Selva Discothèque
  • Squok Club children's facilities
  • Mondo Virtuale arcade
  • Library/Internet Cafe
  • Via Condotti shops

Refurbishment[edit]

As part of Costa Cruises’ ongoing investment to improve the quality and sustainability of its fleet, Costa Mediterranea was dry docked at the Fincantieri shipyard in Palermo from November 21, 2013 to December 4 2013, for planned maintenance work. Costa Cruises’ invested more than €4 million to perform the routine refurbishment, which takes place approximately every two and a half years to keep the fleet fresh and modern. The renewal work included restoration of the ship’s hull, and a full renovation of the ship’s interior including the replacement of the carpets, curtains and upholstery. Specially for Costa Mediterranea Italian artist Gigi Rigamonti has produced an entire wall with Matisse-like dancers in the foyer of cruise ship. [2][3]

Ports of call[edit]

On 10 September 2008 Costa Mediterranea was the first ship make a port call to the New Sea Passenger port in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Costa Mediterranea". VesselTracker. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  2. ^ http://cruisemiss.com/2013/11/21/costa-mediterranea-enters-drydock-for-e4-million-refurbishment/
  3. ^ Cybercruises.com, The new flagship Costa Mediterranea, [1], Retrieved in 2003.
  4. ^ "Port" (in Russian). Marine Facade Management Company. Retrieved 10 September 2011. [dead link][dead link]

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