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MV Margariteville at Sea Islander (Ex Costa Atlantica) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9187796

MV Margariteville at Sea Islander

Ex Costa Atlantica

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Steel twin Azipod “Spirit Class” motor vessel built in 2000 by Kvaerner Masa Yard, Helsinki, Finland (Yard No 498) as a Passenger/Cruise ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 292.56 m (overall) 260.6 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.20 m
  • Depth: 13.6 m
  • Draught: 7.80 m
  • Tonnage:  85619 gross/53437 net/7500t deadweight
  • Engines: Six x Wärtsilä 9R46 diesels
  • Power: 63370kW/84980bHP
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • Decks: 12
  • Capacity: 2114/2680 (max)
  • Call Sign: IBLQ, C6FB7
  • MMSI Number: 311001063
  • IMO Number: 9187796
  • RI  Number: 76445
  • Port of Registry:  Genoa/Italy 🇮🇹, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸
  • Sister-Ship: Carnival Spirit (499), Carnival Pride (500), Carnival Legend (501), Costa Mediterranea (502), Carnival Miracle (503_

Current AIS Location

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First Spirit-class ship in this line and first Spirit-class ship for Costa.

November 11th 1999: Launched.

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 2000)

May 15th 2000 – May 20th 2000: Technical trials.

June 15th 2000: Visited by travel agents and the media with the vessel being christened by the Italian actress Claudia Cardinale.

June 30th 2000: Delivered to Costa Crociere SpA, Genoa, Italy.

July 4th 2000: Arrived in Venice.

July 16th 2000: Maiden cruise from Venice = Eastern Mediterranean with winter cruises in the Caribbean.

© Aleksi Lindström

© © Aleksi Lindström (Bari, July 2002)

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© Fotoflite (Dover, 05/09/2007)

© Ken Smith © Ken Smith © Ken Smith

© Ken Smith (Harwich, Parkeston Quay 15/05/2008)

© Marcel and Ruud Coster © Marcel and Ruud Coster

© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 20/07/2008)

© John Mavin © John Mavin

© John Mavin (Dover, 2010 & 2011)

December 2019: Sold to CSSC Carnival Italy Cruise Investment, Genoa, Italy.

August 2021: Sold to Adora Cruises Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas.

October 10th 2023: Sold to MV Cruises I Vesselco Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas, Manager:  Margaritville at Sea, and renamed MARGARITAVILLE AT SEA ISLANDER.

January 10th 2024: Arrived Harland & Wolff, Belfast for refurbishment/rebranding.

                            © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

                                                            © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd © Trevor Kidd

© Trevor Kidd

© Stephen Brown

© Stephen Brown

May 19th 2024: Left Belfast for Gibraltar.

May 23rd 2024: Arrived Gibraltar East Anchorage.

© Tony Davis

© Tony Davis (Gibraltar, 23/05/2024)

May 24th 2024: Moved to Gibraltar Anchorage West for bunkers.

May 25th 2024: Left Gibraltar for Port Everglades, USA.

June 14th 2024: Scheduled to make its maiden voyage from Port Tampa Bay which will be it’s base port for 4- to 7-night cruises to Key West, Cozumel and Progreso.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Stephen Brown, Marcel and Rudd Coster, Tony Davis, Fotoflite, Aleksi Lindström, John Mavin,  Ken Smith, and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks to Trevor Kidd

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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