Friday, September 20, 2013

Costa Concordia "When I was Young"

 Time to reflect on a beautiful ship, the Costa Concordia.  Looking through many videos of her I found only one professional shoot by  Costa which airs at The Telegraph, the YouTube channel for Costa is costacruzeiros but unfortunately the video no longer exist in their library.   I'm sure for many reasons Costa want's Concordia behind them as she's finally upright, off Isola del Giglio, Italy. The cost of the operation, insurance companies warn, could exceed $1 billion, the cost of the ship was US$570 million.

Concordia "When I was Young"

From Wikipedia: Want to get this by the numbers

 Costa Concordia was outfitted with approximately 1,500 cabins; 505 with private balconies and 55 with direct access to the Samsara Spa and were considered Spa staterooms; 58 suites had private balconies and 12 had direct access to the spa. Costa Concordia had one of the world's largest exercise facility areas at sea, the Samsara Spa, a two-level, 6,000 m2 (64,600 sq ft) fitness center, with gym, a thalassotherapy pool, sauna, Turkish bath and a solarium.  The ship had four swimming pools, two with retractable roofs, five jacuzzis, five spas, and a poolside movie theater on the main pool deck.  There were five onboard restaurants, with Club Concordia and Samsara taking reservations-only dining. There were thirteen bars, including a cigar and cognac bar and a coffee and chocolate bar. Entertainment options included a three-level theater, casino, a futuristic disco, and a children's area equipped with video game products.  She also had aboard a Grand Prix motor racing simulator and an internet café.

Like I said what a beautiful ship.  The largest Italian cruise ship ever conceived, Costa Concordia is 290.20 meters (952 ft 1 in) long, has a beam of 35.50 meters (116 ft 6 in) and drew 8.20 meters (26 ft 11 in) of water.  She has a diesel-electric power plant consisting of six 12-cylinder Wärtsilä 12V46C four-stroke medium-speed diesel generating sets with a combined output of 76.6 MW (102,780 hp). These main generators provided power for all shipboard consumers from propulsion motors to hotel functions like lighting and air conditioning.  The ship was propelled by two 21-megawatt electric motors coupled to fixed-pitch propellers. Her design service speed was 19.6 knots (36 km/h; 23 mph), but during sea trials, she achieved a speed of 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph).  Man, that's moving for a ship weighing in at more than 114,000 tons!

Eva Herigova photo credit Jean Catuffe
Costa Concordia was ordered on 19 January 2004 by Carnival Corporation in Fincantieri and built in the Sestri Ponente yard in Genoa, as yard number 6122.  At the vessel's launch at Sestri Ponente on 2 September 2005 (end Wikipedia) but the ceremony went awry when the Champagne bottle released by model Eva Herzigová which is traditionally smashed against the hull failed to break.  According to maritime folklore, an 'unsmashed' bottle spells bad luck for the ship.  

Yea bad luck alright because the date was January 13th, 2012 where she grounded on the rocks, Friday the 13th, man if that's not a story of the modern day Titanic I don't know what is and the lives of 32 people.  I'm sure as time goes by a documentary will be done on Condordia because she was a beautiful ship.  I've been following the Concordia when the news broke if you care to read you'll find it here,  Modern Day Titanic and Updates

I'm glad this footage of Concordia is available to watch instead of all the footage on her side near the harbor, watching this gives you a true feeling of how magnificent this ship was and the excitement she represented.

Concordia "When I was Young" 

Video provided by The Telegraph  ( click on post title or go to the link if video embed is not visible. Some embeds will not show up during blog scroll)

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