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COSTA NEOCLASSICA TO JOIN BAHAMAS PARADISE CRUISE LINE

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COSTA NEOCLASSICA. Photo credit: http://www.cruisemapper.com

The Costa NeoClassica is set to join the current, one ship Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line as of June 2018, subject to an agreement being reached with the Palm Beach port commission that would allow the line to operate more than one ship from the port. With the current ship- Bahamas Celebration (The former Costa Celebration) sailing from West Palm Beach every second day, the issuing of an agreement looks like a pretty much done and dusted deal. Between them, the two ships are expected to carry around 765,000 passengers each year.

It is as yet unclear whether the company will simply charter the Costa NeoClassica, or purchase her outright. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is the creation of former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO, Kevin Sheehan, and has enjoyed steady success with it’s one ship deployment out of Florida. The company has been looking to expand for some time though, as yet, it is unclear whether the new ship will operate short, port intensive cruises, or something more substantial.

Built in 1991, the Costa NeoClassica sailed for Costa in all areas of the world, most recently in Asia. An intended extension of the ship- the new mid ship section had already been constructed at considerable expense- was aborted amid huge controversy at the time.

None the less, she remains an impressive vessel at some 53.000 tons.

As ever, stay tuned for updates.

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COSTA VICTORIA RETURNS, ADIEU COSTA NEOCLASSICA

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Costa Victoria

Costa cruises has sold the 50,000 ton Costa NeoClassica to an as yet undisclosed buyer. The ship will leave the Costa fleet in March, 2018, after a final season of Maldives cruises. As of June 2018, her scheduled programme of Aegean cruises out of Bari will be undertaken by the redeployed Costa NeoRiviera.

The original Costa NeoRiviera itineraries in turn will now be taken up by the Costa Victoria, making her return to the Mediterranean after a deployment to China and Japan that began back in 2012. After refurbishment in a Marseilles dry dock in late March next year, the ship will begin a series of week long, summertime sailings centered on the Spanish Balearic islands.

The route comprises a Savona departure, and sails to Olbia in Sardinia, Mahon in Minorca, then an overnight stop in Ibiza, before calling at Palma de Mallorca and a final, overnight call at Tarragona, on mainland Spain. These cruises are currently slated to start in June, and what the ship will do between March and then is currently unspecified.

None the less, the return of the one off Costa Victoria to the Mediterranean makes for a welcome breath of fresh air. And the sale of Costa NeoClassica surely raises questions over the future of her sole surviving sister ship- Costa NeoRomantica- within the Costa portfolio.

While no buyer has been announced yet for the departing,  1991 built Costa NeoClassica, it is a matter of record that the UK based company, Thomas Cook, is looking for a pair of start up vessels for a cruise line of it’s own. Thus far, Thomas Cook has remained tight lipped about just which ships it is hoping to acquire.

Could it be that both the Costa stalwarts might soon be reunited, and sailing under the British flag?

Stay tuned for updates.

COSTA NEOCLASSICA GETS NEW ITINERARY FOR 2017

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Costa NeoClassica as originally built

Costa Cruise’s 1991 built Costa NeoClassica returns to the Mediterranean in 2017 to sail on a new, week long itinerary from the Italian port of Bari, on the heel of southern Italy.

Commencing on May 13th and running through until September 30th, this new itinerary sees the 1991 built ship calling in at Corfu, Heraklion in Crete, plus a call in Santorini lasting until midnight, and an overnight stay in Mykonos on each sailing.

Originally built by Fincantieri as the Costa Classica, the ship-along with her near twin sister, Costa NeoRomantica – were said at the time to be the most expensive cruise ships ever built. In 2014, the ship was restyled as the Costa NeoClassica and subjected to some extensive rebuilding to prepare her for a role on longer, moire destination intensive itineraries.

She sailed on several Indian Ocean and China bound cruises, seemingly with great success. Hence, her return to short, seven night cruises comes as something of a surprise.

That said, the late stays in Santorini, not to mention the overnight calls in famously hedonistic Mykonos, should prove immensely popular. Plus, the opportunity to embark in an Italian port as far south as Bari, puts the ship almost right in the centre of the Aegean itself on each sailing.

Interesting times, for sure. As ever, stay tuned.