Grand Classica

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Grand Classica docked in Freeport, Bahamas
  • 1991–2014: Costa Classica
  • 2014–2018: Costa neoClassica
  • 2018: Grand Classica
Port of registry:
Builder: Fincantieri
Launched: 2 February 1991
Completed: December 1991
Acquired: 7 December 1991
Maiden voyage: 17 December 1991
Renamed: 2014, 2018
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]

Grand Classica (formerly Costa neoClassica and Costa Classica) is a cruise ship for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. She was built by Fincantieri Shipyards in 1991. On board are two restaurants, 9 bars, 2 swimming pools, and 4 whirlpools. The ship left the Costa fleet in March 2018 after being sold to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and began sailing on April 13, 2018 as the Grand Classica.[2]

Refit as the Costa neoClassica[edit]

Costa neoClassica in Argostoli, Cephalonia Greece

The Costa Classica underwent a refit in 2014 to join the Costa neoCollection as the Costa neoClassica. It retained its original design while its sister ship the Costa Romantica underwent a €90 million refurbishing to become the Costa neoRomantica. The sister ship received a complete overhaul which saw the increase in tonnage and additional cabins. [3]

Sale To Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines[edit]

On 2 August 2017, Costa Cruises announced that the vessel had been sold to an unnamed buyer and will leave the Costa Cruises fleet in March 2018.[4] On 13 December 2017, it was revealed that the ship had been purchased by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, who would rename the vessel Grand Classica. The ship began sailing out from the Port of Palm Beach starting on 13 April 2018. The ship currently operates 2 day round trip cruises to Grand Bahama Island along with the other line's sister ship, the Grand Celebration offering daily departures. [5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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]


  1. ^ "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Costa Classica". VesselTracker. 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
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  3. ^ "Arrival of Costa neoClassica - Cruise Industry News | Cruise News". Retrieved 2016-01-28.
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  6. ^ Patsy Moy (July 16, 2009). "Cabin letters offer clues to mother and son". The Standard. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  7. ^ Gene Sloan (18 October 2010). "Costa Cruises ship damaged in collision with cargo ship; voyage canceled". USAToday. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Costa Classica Repaired in 96 Hours". CruiseInd. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2011.

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