Costa Favolosa is a cruise ship ordered for Costa Crociere in October 2007. Based on the Concordia class design, Costa Favolosa was laid down by Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard on 5 November 2009 and launched on 6 August 2010. Part of a five-ship expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, the vessel entered service in July 2011. Costa Favolosa and sister ship Costa Fascinosa were ordered in October 2007 as part of a €2.4 billion expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, with five ships entering service between 2009 and 2012 to increase the company's passenger capacity by 50%. Costa Favolosa cost €510 million to build; the names of the two ships were selected via competition. The first phase saw 16,000 pairs of names submitted by travel agents and their customers from around the world, after being asked to suggest names; these names were to evoke the idea that the ships were magical and glamorous places. 25 name pairs were shortlisted and placed on the company's website, where over 42,000 visitors voted on their favourite.
Favolosa and Fascinosa were selected as the winning name pair. The first section of the cruise ship was laid down at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard on 5 November 2009; the ship was launched from the builder's dry dock on 6 August 2010. The vessel is based on the Concordia class design in service with Costa Crociere. At 114,500 GT, she can carry up to 3,800 passengers in 1,506 cabins. Costa Favolosa is the fifteenth ship in service with Costa Crociere. Official website
SS Ausonia (1956)
SS Ausonia known as the SS Ivory and Aegean Two while in service with her last owners, Golden Star Cruises, was a cruise liner belonging to Louis Cruise Lines operating in the Mediterranean. She operated cruise service during her 52 years of life, she was the last vintage Italian ocean liner in service when she was retired from service in September 2008 and beached for dismantling in March 2010. She was commissioned by Adriatica Lines for its Trieste–Egypt–Lebanon service, she was launched by Cantieri Riuniti dell' Adriatico at Monfalcone on 5 August 1956, delivered on 23 September 1957. She was fitted out and commenced service in October 1957. Ports of call were Trieste, Brindisi, Beirut and Bari, she remained in service with her original owners until 1978, when she underwent a major refit that increased her passenger capacity from 529 to 690. She remained in service with her new owners, Italia Crociere Internazionali, until 1998, when she was sold to the Cyprus-based Louis Cruise Lines. A baby girl was born, named after the ship "Ausonia' on January 5, 1959 at 07:30.
Her parents Elias Sleiman Saikali and Harba her name was registered as'Azonia'. Ausonia was delivered by Doctor Viviani Leonardo. Ausonia was baptized the same day, the godfather was Captain Gino Fabbro. Witness was Vianello Francesco; the couple were immigrating from Lebanon to Canada. Her birth was registered at the Lebanese Consulat in Napoli on January 8, 1959, she never entered service with her original owners right away, as she was chartered to First Choice Holidays for about four years, before entering service for Louis. She was in 2005 renamed Ivory by Louis and continued to operate under Louis Cruise Lines until the end of summer 2008; the Ivory was withdrawn from service in 2009 due to her not fulfilling the SOLAS 2010 regulations. She was beached for scrapping operations at Alang, India on March 3, 2010, she was renamed Winner 5 in preparation for scrapping. The stripping of her interiors has begun, cutting is imminent. By May 20 scrapping had begun, the tip of her bow was cut.. Fellow ocean liner Maestro replaced her and was beached in her plot, 141.
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The Marshall Islands the Republic of the Marshall Islands, is an island country and a United States associated state near the equator in the Pacific Ocean west of the International Date Line. Geographically, the country is part of the larger island group of Micronesia; the country's population of 53,158 people is spread out over 29 coral atolls, comprising 1,156 individual islands and islets. The islands share maritime boundaries with the Federated States of Micronesia to the west, Wake Island to the north, Kiribati to the southeast, Nauru to the south. About 27,797 of the islanders live on Majuro. Data from the United Nations indicates an estimated population in 2016 of 53,066. In 2016, 73.3% of the population were defined as being "urban". The UN indicates a population density of 295 per km2 and its projected 2020 population is 53,263. Micronesian colonists reached the Marshall Islands using canoes circa 2nd millennium BC, with interisland navigation made possible using traditional stick charts.
They settled here. Islands in the archipelago were first explored by Europeans in the 1520s, starting with Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese at the service of Spain, Juan Sebastián Elcano and Miguel de Saavedra. Spanish explorer Alonso de Salazar reported sighting an atoll in August 1526. Other expeditions by Spanish and English ships followed; the islands derive their name from British explorer John Marshall, who visited in 1788. The islands were known by the inhabitants as "jolet jen Anij". Spain claimed the islands in 1592, the European powers recognized its sovereignty over the islands in 1874, they had been part of the Spanish East Indies formally since 1528. Spain sold some of the islands to the German Empire in 1885, they became part of German New Guinea that year, run by the trading companies doing business in the islands the Jaluit Company. In World War I the Empire of Japan occupied the Marshall Islands, which in 1920, the League of Nations combined with other former German territories to form the South Pacific Mandate.
During World War II, the United States took control of the islands in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign in 1944. Nuclear testing began in 1946 and concluded in 1958; the US government formed the Congress of Micronesia in 1965, a plan for increased self-governance of Pacific islands. The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in 1979 provided independence to the Marshall Islands, whose constitution and president were formally recognized by the US. Full sovereignty or Self-government was achieved in a Compact of Free Association with the United States. Marshall Islands has been a member of the Pacific Community since 1983 and a United Nations member state since 1991. Politically, the Marshall Islands is a presidential republic in free association with the United States, with the US providing defense and access to U. S.-based agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Postal Service. With few natural resources, the islands' wealth is based on a service economy, as well as some fishing and agriculture.
The country uses the United States dollar as its currency. In 2018, it announced plans for a new cryptocurrency to be used as legal tender; the majority of the citizens of the Republic of Marshall Islands, formed in 1982, are of Marshallese descent, though there are small numbers of immigrants from the United States, China and other Pacific islands. The two official languages are Marshallese, one of the Malayo-Polynesian languages, English; the entire population of the islands practices some religion, with three-quarters of the country either following the United Church of Christ – Congregational in the Marshall Islands or the Assemblies of God. Evidence suggests that around 3,000 years ago successive waves of human migrants from Southeast Asia spread across the Western Pacific populating its many small islands; the Marshall Islands were settled by Micronesians in the 2nd millennium BC. Little is known of the islands' early history. Early settlers traveled between the islands by canoe using traditional stick charts.
The Spanish explorer Alonso de Salazar landed there in 1526, the archipelago came to be known as "Los Pintados", "Las Hermanas" and "Los Jardines" within the Spanish Empire, first falling within the jurisdiction of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, to be administered directly by Madrid upon the independence of Latin America and the dissolution of New Spain starting in 1821. They were only formally possessed by Spain for much of their colonial history, were considered part of the "Carolines", or alternatively the "Nuevas Filipinas"; the islands were left to their own affairs except for short-lived religious missions during the 16th and 17th centuries. They were ignored by European powers except for cartographic demarcation treaties between the Iberian Empires in 1529, 1750 and 1777; the archipelago corresponding to the present-day country was independently named by Krusenstern, after British explorer John Marshall, who visited them together with Thomas Gilbert in 1788, en route from Botany Bay to Canton (two s
Princess Cruises is a cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. The company is incorporated in Bermuda and its headquarters are in Santa Clarita, California, it was a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, is part of Holland America Group, which controls princess cruises brand. The line has 17 ships which cruise worldwide and are marketed to both American and international passengers; the company was made famous by The Love Boat TV series, in which its ship, Pacific Princess was featured. In May 2013, Royal Princess became the flagship of Princess Cruises. Princess states that they will become industry leaders upon the launch of their new LNG powered vessels. Princess Cruises began in 1965, when founder Stanley McDonald chartered Canadian Pacific Limited's Alaska cruise ship Princess Patricia for Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles during a time when she would have been laid up for the winter. However, Princess Pat, as she was fondly called, had never been designed for tropical cruising, lacking air-conditioning, Princess ended her charter in favor of a more purpose-built cruise ship Italia.
Princess, who marketed the ship as Princess Italia, but never renamed her, used the ship to inaugurate their Mexican Riviera cruises out of Los Angeles and did not receive the Princess logo on her funnel until 1967. In 1969, Princess Italia was used on Alaskan cruises from San Francisco, but by 1973, the charter was canceled, Italia returned to Europe on charter to Costa Cruise Line. Princess's third charter ship was none other than Costa's Carla C. Compagnie Générale Transatlantique's SS Flandre, the ship had been purchased by Costa in the late 1960s and given a major rebuilding. After completion, the ship was chartered to Princess, it was on board the ship, marketed as, but again not renamed, Princess Carla, that Jeraldine Saunders wrote the first chapters of her nonfiction book The Love Boats. Britain's Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, which by 1960 was the world's largest shipping company, with 320 oceangoing vessels, acquired Princess Cruise Lines in 1974 and their Spirit of London was transferred to the Princess fleet, becoming the first Sun Princess.
The two ships that were to be featured in the television series The Love Boat were built in 1971 at Nordseewerke for Flagship Cruises and named the Sea Venture and Island Venture. In 1974, P&O purchased them for their Princess division, they served as Island Princess and Pacific Princess respectively. A part-time addition to the Princess fleet was the former Swedish transatlantic liner Kungsholm, purchased by P&O from Flagship Cruises in 1978, restyled and rebuilt in Bremen as Sea Princess, she was based in Australia as a P&O ship until 1981 when her role there was taken over by Oriana. After that, she alternated between Princess colours as she moved between fleets. Sea Princess returned to the P&O UK fleet permanently and in 1995 and was renamed MV Victoria to allow a then-new Princess ship to be named Sea Princess; the first P&O Princess Cruises purpose-built cruise ship was Royal Princess in 1984, the largest new British passenger ship in a decade, one of the first, if not the first, ships to dispense with interior cabins.
The ship served in P&O Cruises fleet as Artemis until 2011. The Swan Hellenic Cruiseship Minerva II built as the Renaissance Cruises R8 was renamed Royal Princess in 2007 after an extensive refit during a drydock in Gibraltar. In 1986, P&O Princess Cruises acquired Tour Alaska. Based in Anchorage, Princess Tours now operates ten luxury railcars with full-service scenic tours of Denali and can accommodate over 700 passengers per day. P&O Princess Cruises acquired Sitmar Line in 1988 and transferred all of its major tonnage to Princess, including three cruise ships under construction. Dawn Princess and Fair Princess were both ex-Cunard, the former Sitmar Fairsky became Princess's Sky Princess; the first of the three new Sitmar ships came into the Princess brand in 1989 as Star Princess, the largest British cruising ship. Two 70,000 grt cruise ships entered service in 1990 as Crown Princess and Regal Princess, bringing Princess's fleet up to ten deluxe cruise ships. Princess Cruises was involved in litigation with General Electric in 1998 over consequential damages and lost profits resulting from a contract the two parties entered into.
General Electric was to provide repair services upon the SS Sky Princess. Upon noticing surface rust on the turbine rotor, the vessel was brought ashore for cleaning and balancing, but good metal was unintentionally removed; this destabilized the rotor, forcing Princess Cruises to cancel two 10-day cruises while additional work was performed. Princess prevailed, being awarded nearly $4.6 million. On appeal, the judgement was reversed in favor of General Electric, Princess Cruises only recovered the price of the contract, less than $232,000. On October 23, 2000, the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company spun-off its passenger division to form an independent company, P&O Princess Cruises. In 2001, Princess Cruises headquarters moved from Century City to California. P&O Princess Cruises merged with Carnival Corporation on April 17, 2003, to form the world's largest cruise operating company in a deal worth US$5.4 billion
MS Costa Luminosa is a cruise ship 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, is based on the same design. Costa Luminosa departed Civitavecchia, Italy on June 3, 2009, on her 13-night maiden voyage, with ports of call in Savona, St. Tropez, 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 are 292 metres 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.
Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa pioneered in the introduction of a new vessel design, a Hybrid. The christenings of Costa Luminosa, the Concordia-class Costa Pacifica were held in Genoa on June 5, 2009, it was the first time that two cruise ships were christened in Italy. The dual christening ceremony set a Guinness World record in the category, "Most ships inaugurated in one day by one company"; the two ships launched in their shipyard on 5 June 2008. The ship has four dining areas, a theatre, a cinema and other passenger facilities. Costa Luminosa made her first vernissage cruise on 5 May 2009, a 10-day cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean, departing Venice, with ports of call at Istanbul, Olympia, Smyrna and Athens, it was followed by mini cruises in Eastern Mediterranean, again departing Venice on 15 May 2009. Her second vernissage cruise was on 19 May 2009. In the summer of 2009, the ship offered 11 and 14-day cruises at the Baltic capitals, Norwegian Fjords and the North Cape. During the 2009-2010 winter season, the ship operated in Dubai, offering 7-day cruises in the Persian Gulf with calls at Dubai, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
After the political problems in Bahrein, the company changed the itinerary removing the Bahrain. From 2017 every summer she sails on 7-night-cruises to the Greek Islands. During the winter period Costa Luminosa goes on 7-night-cruises in the Caribbean. Despite claims of sustainable practices by both Costa Cruises and its parent company Carnival, Costa Luminosa has continually been dumping the toilet waste of its 3200 passengers + crew in the sea, instead of taking use of harbor facilities provided free of charge e.g. by Baltic ports. Swedish television calculated that over 5 million liters of waste is dumped during a single cruise in the vulnerable Baltic Sea severely pestered by poisonous blue algae. Spirit class - a similar class of Panamax ships operated by Carnival Cruise Lines. Radiance class - a similar class of Panamax ships operated by Royal Caribbean International Arcadia - a similar Panamax ship operated by P&O Cruises. Queen Victoria - a similar Panamax sized ship operated by Cunard Line.
Vista class cruise ship - a similar class of Panamax ships operated by Holland America Line Coral Princess and Island Princess - A similar set of Panamax ships operated by Princess Cruises Costa Deliziosa - A Panamax ships operated by Costa Cruises derived from the Spirit Class and Vista Class designs. Sister ship to Costa Luminosa Media related to Costa Luminosa at Wikimedia Commons Official website
MS Oranje known as Angelina Lauro, was a passenger liner, a wartime hospital ship and a cruise ship, burnt out and subsequently lost while being towed for scrap. She sank in a storm in the mid-Pacific, on 24 September 1979; the ship underwent 25 years' service as Oranje, fifteen as Angelina Lauro. She was a cruise ship for the last seven years of her career. Detailed website with many photographs Allatsea.com An eyewitness account: The Angelina Lauro fire Oranje during and after WW2
Costa Fascinosa is a Concordia-class cruise ship, ordered in October 2007 for Costa Crociere. Based on the Concordia class design, Costa Fascinosa was constructed by Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard in Venice. Part of a five-ship expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, the vessel entered service on 6 May 2012, she was Costa Crociere's flagship. Costa Fascinosa and sister ship Costa Favolosa were ordered in October 2007 as part of a 2.4 billion euro expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, with five ships entering service between 2009 and 2012 to increase the company's passenger capacity by 50%. Costa Fascinosa cost 510 million euro to build; the names of the two ships were selected via competition. The first phase saw 16,000 pairs of names submitted by travel agents and their customers from around the world, after being asked to suggest names as part of the send us a sea of names project; these names were to evoke the idea. 25 name pairs were shortlisted and placed on the company's website, where over 42,000 visitors voted on their favourite.
Favolosa and Fascinosa were selected as the winning name pair. The vessel is based on the Concordia class design in service with Costa Crociere. Upon completion, the vessel measured 114,500 gross tons, she carries up to 3,780 passengers in 1,506 cabins. Costa Fascinosa is the sixteenth ship in service with Costa Crociere, she was laid down on 3 September 2010 and was delivered to Costa Cruises on 5 May 2012. Costa Fascinosa entered service on 6 May 2012, sailing on a preview cruise before entering regular service on 11 May, cruising to the eastern Mediterranean, she was transferred to South America in November 2012, before returning to the eastern Mediterranean for the summer 2013 season. On 18 March 2015, Costa Fascinosa was in port along with MSC Splendida in Tunis when gunmen opened fire on tourists at the Bardo National Museum, including several on a tour bus from the Costa Fascinosa. Five passengers from the ship were killed, eight passengers were injured. At the invitation of Costa Cruises, Apostleship of the Sea -the Catholic Church's mission that provides pastoral care for seafarers- held a Mass on board the ship on 21 March 2015 for surviving passengers and crew members.
The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants. Official website