Costa neoClassica

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Costa neoClassica sto argostoli.jpg
Costa neoClassica in Argostoli, Cephalonia Greece.
  • 1991-2014: Costa Classica
  • 2014-Present: Costa neoClassica
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Costa Crociere
Port of registry:
Builder: Fincantieri
Completed: 1991
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 52,926 GT
Length: 722 ft (220 m)
Beam: 102 ft (31 m)
Draft: 25.5 ft (7.8 m)
Decks: 14
  • 18.5 knots (normal)
  • 20 knots (maximum)
  • 1,308 passengers (normal)
  • 1,680 passengers (maximum)
Crew: 620
Notes: [1]

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.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

MSC Poesia collision[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2]

2010 collision near Shanghai[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Refit as the Costa neoClassica[edit]

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.[5]

Gallery as the Costa Classica[edit]


  1. ^ "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Costa Classica". VesselTracker. 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Patsy Moy (July 16, 2009). "Cabin letters offer clues to mother and son". The Standard. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Gene Sloan (18 October 2010). "Costa Cruises ship damaged in collision with cargo ship; voyage canceled". USAToday. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Costa Classica Repaired in 96 Hours". CruiseInd. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Arrival of Costa neoClassica - Cruise Industry News | Cruise News". Retrieved 2016-01-28. 

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