Saturday, December 17, 2011

"COSTA ALLEGRA" and "COSTA RIVIERA"



Two ships that ended up with COSTA CRUISES with completely different backgrounds. The "COSTA ALLEGRA" was built as a container ship for the Swedish REDERI AB NORDSTJERNAN in 1969 named ANNIE JOHNSON, she was bought by COSTA in 1991 and after being fully converted into cruising started one year later her new role. "COSTA RIVIERA" was the former GUGLIELMO MARCONI built in 1963 for LLOYD TRIESTINO and purchased by COSTA in 1983, the ship was completely robbed of her graceful profile but served COSTA CRUISES for a number of years, she was scrapped in 2002. Top image, ALLEGRA at Barcelona in 2000, postcard of the fabulous G. MARCONI with Lloyd Triestino livery and a photo of the converted COSTA RIVIERA at Piraeus in 1996

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