Costa neoRiviera

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Costa neoRiviera anchoring in Italy, June 2014
Name: 1999–2003: Mistral
2003–2013: Grand Mistral
2013–: Costa neoRiviera
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc[1]
Operator: 1999–2003: Festival Cruises
2003–2013: Iberocruceros
2013 onwards: Costa Crociere
Port of registry:  France, Mata Utu
Marshall Islands Marshall Islands , Majuro
 Italy, Genova
 Portugal, Madeira
 Italy, Genova
Builder: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, France
Completed: 1999
Identification: Callsign: IBDU
IMO number: 9172777
MMSI number: 247325300
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class & type: Mistral-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 48,200 GT
Length: 216 m (709 ft)
Beam: 28.8 m (94 ft)
Depth: 5 meters
Decks: 8 passenger decks
Speed: 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph)
Capacity: 1,700 Passengers
Crew: 670

MS Costa neoRiviera is a cruise ship currently sailing for Costa Crociere and formerly operated by Ibero Cruises.


Costa neoRiviera as Mistral in Kiel Harbour, May 2003

In 1999 Festival Cruises delivered their first new build MS Mistral which was built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique. Her maiden cruise started on 17 July 1999, from Venice to the Greek islands.

Costa neoRiviera as Grand Mistral In Tallinn, June 2012

But following the collapse of Festival Cruises in 2004 most of its fleet was sold off including Mistral that was sold to Viajes Iberojet which was sometimes called Iberojet and the cruise line was owned by a company also named Iberojet. Mistral was renamed Grand Mistral. In 2007 Viajes Iberojet was sold to Carnival Corporation & plc and was renamed Ibero Cruises, the next year the Grand Mistral received the new Ibero Cruises livery and continued sailing for Ibero Cruises. [2]

In 2012 Costa Crociere planned to transfer the Grand Mistral in 2014, but in early 2013 they move the transferring to late 2013 to keep the schedule correct.

Grand Mistral was transferred to Costa Crociere in November 2013 and renamed to Costa neoRiviera, her itineraries will feature more overnight and unusual calls to ports, as a part of Costa's new project featuring their smaller ships. Costa Crociere invested 10 million euros into refurbishing Costa neoRiviera and into maintenance checkup of Costa neoClassica and Costa Voyager.[3][4][5]


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