Wednesday, September 19, 2012

cruise ship "THOMPSON DREAM" at Barcelona

 "THOMSON DREAM" was built as the HOMERIC in 1986 by MEYER WERFT in Germany, the ship was operated by HOME LINES cruising from New York to Bermuda during the summer season and cruising the Caribbean the rest of the year. Just two years old the ship changed owners as HOME LINES was bought by HOLLAND AMERICA LINE, she was renamed WESTERDAM, shortly after, H.A.L. was bought by the CARNIVAL CORPORATION who decided to invest on the ship with a major refit that included her lengthening in 39 meters, she returned to her builders in October of 1989 for the process, she resumed service in April of 1990 sailing for H.A.L. until 2002 when it was decided to transfer the ship for another company of the CARNIVAL GROUP, the prestigious COSTA CRUISES.

 the ship was once again renamed in 2002 she was known as the COSTA EUROPA, employed cruising in Europe until 2010 when she was chartered by THOMSON CRUISES for ten years, she is now sailing as the "THOMSON DREAM". When built HOMERIC was 42.096 GRT with capacity for just over 1100 passengers after the 1989 enlargement her GRT was increased to 54.763, she has now capacity for 1500 passengers approximately. The photos included were taken in Barcelona, 7.9.2012, the ship looked in very good condition a close-up investigation reveals that she was built in many ways as a liner, she still is one of the few cruise ships offering a wrap-around promenade, one very disappointing detail in my opinion the ridiculous logo on her funnel and that tasteless  pale blue not attractive at all

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