Costa Pacifica cruise ship

Costa Pacifica heads to the Baltic Sea on river Daugava at Riga, Latvia. Photo: Atis Luguzs, 2017-Aug-13
Costa Pacifica heads to the Baltic Sea on river Daugava at Riga, Latvia. Photo: Atis Luguzs, 2017-Aug-13
Costa Pacifica
Name: Costa Pacifica
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Costa Crociere
Port of registry:  ItalyGenoa
Ordered: 14 December 2005
Cost: 500 million
Yard number: 6148
Launched: 30 June 2008
Christened: 5 June 2009
Acquired: 29 May 2009
In service: 5 June 2009[1]
Status: In service
Notes: [2][3]
General characteristics
Class and type: Concordia-class cruise ship
  • 114,500 GT
  • 87,300 NT
Length: 290.2 m (952 ft)
Beam: 36 m (118 ft)
Draught: 8.2 m (27 ft)
Depth: 19.77 m (64.9 ft)
  • 14 passenger decks
  • 17 total
Deck clearance: 11.57 m (38.0 ft)
Installed power: 6 × Wärtsilä 12V46, 12,600 kW each[4]
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
  • 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph) (cruise)
  • 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph) (maximum)
Capacity: 3,780 passengers
Crew: 1,100
Notes: [3][5]

Costa Pacifica is a Concordia-class cruise ship for Costa Crociere. She was handed over to Costa Crociere on 29 May 2009.[2] Her sister ships, Costa Concordia and Costa Serena, were launched in 2006 and in 2007, with Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa launched in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Onboard facilities include the Samsara Spa and PlayStation World, an area boasting PS3 consoles, and the first recording studio at sea. The ship was inaugurated in a dual christening ceremony, along with Costa Luminosa on 5 June 2009.

Concept and construction

Construction of Costa Pacifica.

Costa Pacifica is the third ship of the Concordia-class, preceded by sister ships Costa Concordia and Costa Serena and was followed by Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa on 2011 and 2012, all part of the expansion program of Costa which entailed an investment of 2.4 billion Euro, and is currently the largest fleet expansion program in the world.

Pacifica was ordered on 14 December 2005, by Carnival Corporation, the parent company of Costa Crociere.[6] The order was four ships, which includes; Carnival Dream, for Carnival Cruise LinesNieuw Amsterdam for Holland America Line; and Ruby Princess for Princess Cruises, at a total cost of US$3 billion.[6]

The bow section of Costa Pacifica was built at the Fincantieri Palermo shipyard and was launched on 24 July 2007. The section was then towed to Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente in August 2007 for further work, which also marked the announcement of the ships name.[7] Pacifica was launched at Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard on 30 June 2008.[8] She returned to Sestri Ponente from her sea trials on 30 March 2009, for the fitting-out process.[9] Almost 3,000 workers helped in the construction of Costa Pacifica.[2]

She was later christened at GenoaItaly on June 5, 2009, in a dual christening ceremony, together with Costa Luminosa.[10] The dual christening ceremony was the world’s first which set a Guinness World Record in the new category “Most ships inaugurated in one day by one company”.

Amenities of Costa Pacifica

Costa Pacifica has 1,504 staterooms; 521 with private balconies and 91 spa staterooms; 58 suites with private balconies and 12 spa suites. There are five onboard restaurants, which include the reservations-only Club Blue Moon and Samsara Restaurant. There are 13 bars, including a Cognac & cigar bar and a coffee and chocolate Bar. Four swimming pools, two with retractable covers, one with Toboga, and four jacuzzis. The onboard Samsara spa, a two-level, 6,000 m2 (65,000 sq ft) wellness facility with gym, a thalassotherapy pool, treatment rooms, sauna, Turkish bath and a solarium. A poolside screen is located in the pool deck. Costa Pacifica also has a three-level theater, a Grand Prix simulator, a recording studio and a PlayStation World area, where PS3 consoles are available. Costa Pacifica is the first cruise ship to have an onboard recording studio, fitted with sophisticated equipment.[11][12]

Operation history

The maiden voyage of Costa Pacifica was on June 6, 2009, an eight-day cruise and departed in Savona, with a special 48-hour layover in Palma de MallorcaSpain.[12]

In the entire 2009 summer season, Costa Pacifica offered seven day cruises in the Western Mediterranean, with calls at RomeSavonaMarseillesBarcelonaPalmaTunisMalta and Palermo.[12]

During the 2009-2010 winter season, Costa Pacifica departed from Rome and Savona, offering 10- and 11-day cruises in EgyptIsrael and Turkey. In Summer 2010, she offered seven day cruises in the Western Mediterranean, with calls at Rome, Savona, Barcelona, Palma, Tunis, Malta and Catania.[12]

Incidents and accidents

On December 11, 2012 Costa Pacifica struck a piling while maneuvering into dock at the Port of MarseilleFrance. The cause of the damage is blamed on heavy wind, an 8 m (26 ft) gash was left on her hull above the waterline. Her itinerary was not delayed.[13]

On May 5, 2017 at 7:15 AM Costa Pacifica has suffered from an electrical malfunction and has been stuck in dock at Cagliari Port, in Sardinia, Italy. The cause of the damage was blamed on a primary electrical generator. As no spare parts were available on time, the ship was unable to sail out to Civitavecchia leaving several passengers without booked flight connections.

Gallery of Costa Pacifica

Costa Pacifica heads to the Baltic Sea on river Daugava at Riga, Latvia. Photo: Atis Luguzs, 2017-Aug-13

Costa Pacifica in Savona
Costa Pacifica anchored in Kiel, Germany
Costa Pacifica in Klaipėda
Costa Pacifica departing Tallinn
Costa Pacifica in harbour at Malaga

References for cruise ship Costa Pacifica

  1. Jump up^ Costa Pacifica Fast Facts
  2. Jump up to:a b c “Today Marks the Delivery Costa Pacifica the Ship of Music” (Press release). Fincantieri. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  3. Jump up to:a b “Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Carnival PacificaVesselTracker. 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  4. Jump up^ Costa’s new flagship fitted with powerful engines Cruise Industry News. 14 December 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2010
  5. Jump up^ “Costa Pacifica: The “Greatest Hits” of the Costa fleet”Cruise Industry News. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 26 February2012.
  6. Jump up to:a b “Agreement With Carnival for Six–Ship Deal Worth Over 3 Billion Dollars” (Press release). Fincantieri. 14 December 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  7. Jump up^ “First section of the new “Costa Pacifica” launched in Palermo”Cruise Industry News. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  8. Jump up^ Costa & Fincantieri: 2 ships launched simultaneouslyCruise Industry News. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2010
  9. Jump up^ Costa Luminosa and Pacifica getting ready for their record-breaking debut Cruise Industry News. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2010
  10. Jump up^ Costa sails into Guinness World Records with world’s-first joint ship christening Cruise Industry News. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2010
  11. Jump up^ Costa Pacifica: Relax in Cruise Costa Cruises. Retrieved 8 May 2010
  12. Jump up to:a b c d Costa Pacifica delivered Cruise Industry News. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2010
  13. Jump up^ Jim Walker (11 December 2012). “Costa Pacifica Strikes Pier in Marseille, France”Cruise Law News. Retrieved 20 December 2012.

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