Costa Concordia

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January 24, 2022

Costa Concordia was a cruise ship of the Costa Cruises shipping company, progenitor of the Concordia Class, launched in 2005 and wrecked on 13 January 2012 on the Island of Giglio. She is the largest tonnage passenger ship to have suffered this fate.

History

Designed in the naval design offices of Trieste and built by the shipyards of the Fincantieri of Genoa Sestri Ponente, she was launched on 2 September 2005. The vernissage cruise, lasting six days and five nights, began on 9 July 2006, departed from Civitavecchia and saw the ship set sail for Tunis, then proceeding to Valletta (Malta), Tripoli (Libya), Civitavecchia and finally arriving in Ligurian port of Savona, operational base of the cruise company. The "Grand Inaugural Cruise" departed from this last port on July 15 for Barcelona, ​​subsequently touching Alicante, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Cadiz, Malaga and Civitavecchia, docking again in the port of Savona on July 24, from where it began its regular cruise service. The name Concordia refers to unity and peace among European nations. Her thirteen bridges had the names of as many European states (Holland, Sweden, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, France, Germany, Spain, Austria and Poland). She left the regular navigation service due to the shipwreck on the evening of 13 January 2012 on the Island of Giglio, which caused her to be partially submerged. After complex refloating works, she was transported to Genoa where she was scrapped.

Features

Costa Concordia, from the moment of its launch in 2005, has been the largest ship of the Italian merchant navy, assuming at its entry into service, as usual, the role of flagship of the company until 2007, when it was ousted from that position by Costa Serena; however, she remained one of the largest ships in the fleet in service until her shipwreck. She was the first to boast the construction of the largest wellness center on board a cruise ship: called Samsara spa, it was spread over two decks with an area of ​​1,900 m² including the upper ones. The ship had a total of 1,500 cabins, of which 87 within the wellness area and 505 with private balconies, 58 suites with private balconies and another 12 suites within the wellness area. The ship had four salt pools, two of which with a self-propelled crystal cover that allowed them to be used even during the winter seasons or in bad weather, one equipped with a yellow water slide outside and blue inside, five Jacuzzis with hot water, a multi-sports field and a jogging path. She had five restaurants, one of which, Club Concordia, was à la carte (for a fee) and one Samsara-style, and 13 bars. For entertainment activities, Costa Concordia offered a three-deck theater called Athens, a Grand Prix driving simulator with a replica of a Formula 1 car, video games, a nightclub, ballrooms, a gambling house, a 18 m² large cinema screen and a 4D cinema. Over time, she has been joined by several sister ships: in 2007 by Costa Serena, in 2009 by Costa Pacifica, in 2011 by Costa Favolosa and in 2012 by Costa Fascinosa.

Accidents

2008

On 22 November 2008, in Palermo, during the docking maneuver, due to a strong gust of wind, she collided with a floating dock moored in the port of Palermo, causing damage to the starboard side and to the bow hatch. The damage was partially repaired in about 10 hours, allowing the ship to continue the cruise; during the following stops the repairs were completed.

2010

During the night between 3 and 4 May 2010, a 33-year-old passenger of Russian nationality fell overboard from one of the ship's decks. His body was recovered a few days later e

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