MV Costa Luminosa – Past and Present

MV Costa Luminosa

© Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg

Steel hulled twin Azipod motor vessel built in 2009 at Fincantieri, Porto Marghera, Venedig, Italy (Yard No. 6155) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Carnival Corporation & plc, Miami

Technical Data

  • Cost: €450 million
  • Length: 294,00 m
  • Breadth: 34.00 m
  • Draught: 8.0 m
  • Tonnage: 92,720 gross/ 56,9640 net/ 7,500 deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x MaK 12V43C and 2 x MaK 8L43C diesels
  • Power: 64000 kW
  • Propulsion: 2 x ABB Azipod azimuthing thrusters (17,600 kW each)
  • Speed: 21,6 knots
  • Passengers: 2,260
  • Passenger Decks:12
  • Crew: 1,050
  • Call Sign: ICGU
  • IMO Number: 9398905
  • MMSI Number: 247257900
  • Registry: Genova/Italy
  • Sister Ship: Costa Deliziosa

Current Location

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June 12th 2006: Ordered. The ship is a hybrid design based on the ‘Vista‘ and ‘Spirit class’ cruise ships of Carnival Corporation & plc.

October 5th 2007: Keel struck.

June 30th 2008: Launched.

February 28th 2009: Sea trials.

May 28th 2009: Delivered to Costa Crociere SpA, Genoa, Italy.

© Willem Oldenburg

© Willem Oldenburg

May 5th 2009: Inaugural cruise from Venedig.

June 5th 2009: Together with COSTA PACIFICA, christened in Genoa. It was the first time that two ships were simultaneously christened, not only for Costa but also in the world. With this, the dual christening ceremony set a Guinness World record in the category, “Most ships inaugurated in one day by one company”.

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We would like to thank: Aleksi Lindström and Willem Oldenburg for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

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