The Seabourn Quest

1 December 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

© José Valenzuela Arce/cc-by-sa-4.0

© José Valenzuela Arce/cc-by-sa-4.0

MV Seabourn Quest is a luxury cruise ship in Seabourn Cruise Line. It was constructed by Italian shipbuilder T. Mariotti. The vessel entered service in June 2011.   read more…

The Costa neoRomantica

1 March 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

in Tallinn © Pjotr Mahhonin/cc-by-sa-3.0

in Tallinn © Pjotr Mahhonin/cc-by-sa-3.0

Costa neoRomantica (formerly Costa Romantica) is a cruise ship for Costa Crociere completed 1993 as a sister ship to Costa neoClassica and was refurbished in 2003. Her public rooms are decorated with rare woods, Carrara marble, and millions of dollars in original works of art. Costa neoRomantica‘s homeport is Genoa in Italy.   read more…

The Costa Luminosa

1 October 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

Costa Luminosa in Trondheim © - Trondheim Havn/cc-by-sa-2.0

Costa Luminosa in Trondheim © – Trondheim Havn/cc-by-sa-2.0

MS Costa Luminosa is a cruise ship, owned and operated by Costa Crociere. Costa Luminosa entered service on May 5, 2009. The ship’s design is a hybrid, taking the best elements of Spirit-class and Vista-class cruise ships. A sister ship, Costa Deliziosa, was launched in February 2010 and is based on the same design. Costa Luminosa departed Civitavecchia in Italy on June 3, 2009, on her 13-night maiden voyage, with ports of call in Savona, St. Tropez, Barcelona, Lisbon, Le Havre and Amsterdam. Costa Luminosa is the thirteenth ship of Costa Crociere, part of their five-ship expansion program, which include Costa Pacifica, Costa Deliziosa, Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa. Costa Luminosa and her sister ship, Costa Deliziosa, was ordered in the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard on 12 June 2006. The two ships have a gross tonnage of 92,700 and are 292 metres (958.01 ft) long. The keel of Costa Luminosa was laid on 10 October 2007 in the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice. She floated out of drydock on 30 June 2008 and completed her sea trials on 30 March 2009. At a period of 18 months, the ship was handed over to Costa Cruises on 1 May 2009.   read more…

The historic port city of Genoa

3 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage

Grand Hotel Miramare © Twice25 & Rinina25

Grand Hotel Miramare © Twice25 & Rinina25

Genoa is a city and a major seaport in northern Italy, the capital of the Province of Genoa and of the region of Liguria. The city proper has a population of 609,000, while its urban agglomeration consists of 718,896 inhabitants. Finally, the coastal metropolitan area that snakes in the central section of Liguria is estimated to have a population of about 878,000. Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba (“the Superb one”) due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006. The city’s rich art, music, gastronomy, architecture and history, allowed it to become the 2004’s EU Capital of Culture. Genoa, which represents the southern access to the sea of Italy’s industrial north-west basin, is the country’s largest seaport and one of the main manufacturing and commercial hubs. The city, since the 19th century, hosts massive shipyards, oil refineries and steelworks, while its solid financial sector dates back to the Middle Ages. The Bank of Saint George is among the oldest in the world, as it was founded in 1407, playing an important role in the city’s prosperity from the middle of the 15th century. Today a number of leading Italian companies are based in the city, including Fincantieri, Ansaldo Energia, Ansaldo STS and Edoardo Raffinerie Garrone.   read more…

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