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23/11/14 00:00

Costa Celebration sold in the USA

The former Iberocruceros unit allegedly purchased by Celebration Cruise Line

Costa Celebration (Costa Crociere)

The Costa Celebration, ex Grand Celebration owned by Iberian subsidiary Iberocruceros – currently being wound up – kept Costa Crociere yellow funnel for just few days. 

After having sold the company to British Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Costa determined recruiting the last ship of the Spanish brand within its fleet.

The Grand Holiday, in essence Grand Celebration (47,000GT accommodating 1,900 passengers  built in 1986 at Kockums Varv of Malmo, Sweden) was temporarily diverted to Genoa, to depart on November 22nd on her maiden voyage in the Mediterranean under her parent company's brand.

However, on November 20th Genoese group announced that as from the 22nd Costa Celebration would no longer be encompassed in the company's fleet. All passengers who booked until April 2015 will be shifted to one of the 15 ships deployed by Costa.

According to market sources the Costa Celebration was sold to be engaged overseas after being refitted at Marseilles dry docks, where she is currently laying.

Alleged buyer is Celebration Cruise Line of Fort Lauderdale (Florida) currently only deploying the Bahamas Celebration (35,400 GT and 1,900 passengers unit built in 1981) and providing 2 to 4 nights itineraries between Florida and the Grand Bahamas.

While the small American shipping company doubles its fleet, Costa relinquishes its older units but not the Celebration's tourist offer.  The company controlled by Carnival Group reports that: “In summer 2015 (from June 15th to September 15th) the Celebration will be replaced on the Spanish market by Costa NeoClassica”, that will be temporarily diverted from the NeoCollection plans.

“Those customers who already booked their cruise on the NeoClassica in summer 2015 – concludes Costa – will be entitled to chose among different options on board other ships”.

Still according to market rumours the Celebration will be finally transferred to Celebration Cruise Line next 15th December, while the Grand Holiday will join Cruise & Maritime Voyages on Jaanuary 15th, 2015, accomplishing Iberocruceros wound up and deletion of the brand.

 

AIDAvita installs ships scrubbers in Naples 

While waiting to receive 2 newbuildings at Mitsubishi yard, German AIDA Cruises, controlled by Costa, is refurbishing its fleet. According to international media, AIDAvita – 42,200 GT, 1,200 passengers built in 2002 at German Aker MTW of Wismar – recently underwent refitting operations at Cantiere del Mediterraneo of Naples. Although the company didn't confirm the news, the operation encompassed interior upgrade and installation of scrubbers to cut exhaust gas emissions.

AIDA determined fitting the ship with this equipments in view of the new rules enforced in North European ECA zones (0.1%), where the German group often deploys its fleet.

Francesco Bottino

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