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Costa Allegra arrives at Aliaga

hilifta

Deckhand
It has been confirmed that the Costa Allegra arrived at Aliaga last Wednesday 24th October. She had earlier been reported sold to Turkish shipbreakers on 6th Sept for $10 mill.
She arrived at Aliaga under the name "Santa Cruise".
It makes me very sad indeed to read this and to see the photo of her at Aliaga.
We did a 14 day cruise out of Singapore on her in 2009 and loved it. Frankly she became our favourite ship of those we have cruised. She was quirky, different, rolled to her own tune, and was very "Costa".
She had funny little touches in her design, like the round skylight in the Casino, that came up in the middle of the pool on the deck above, and the running water over the Murano bar that flowed from the spa above to the pool. And as for lunch in the main restaurant overlooking the stern.
And just the right size also.
Fantastic.
I am glad that I took all those interior shots now.
We had intended to do a Red Sea cruise on her before Egypt turned to custard, but have now missed that one.
That photo at Aliaga, heeling over, white funnel, unwanted amongst all that rubbish. Terrible.

But the memories will remain.
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Ally

Deckhand
It's an absolute disgrace that she has been scrapped. She was extremely popular with crew and pax alike...seems to me that Arison wants to extinguish the original Costa ships asap.

I have three forthcoming cruises booked on the big ships but if the first one in three weeks is not to my liking, I shall drop them for Costa Classica or Costa Voyager instead, ships that are more to my personal liking....neoR would be nice to try but she is out of my budget.....seems to be 3 Costa's thesedays...the mainstream giant ship line, the older/smaller/traditional line and now the boutique line....not good really.
 

Ally

Deckhand
Wouldn't surprise me if the instruction to break her fast came direct from Arison, he HATES small ships, he only wants big, brassy ships.....he visted Allegra & Marina one time and within 24 hours they were on the market to the highest bidder. Trouble was that both ships were extremely popular with crew and pax, which he sorely underestimated, and it took longer than expected to get rid of the ships. I bet that if he had his way, Allegra would never have come home from the Far East in 2010...my last and most wonderful cruise aboard her.
 

hilifta

Deckhand
Wouldn't surprise me if the instruction to break her fast came direct from Arison, he HATES small ships, he only wants big, brassy ships.....he visted Allegra & Marina one time and within 24 hours they were on the market to the highest bidder. Trouble was that both ships were extremely popular with crew and pax, which he sorely underestimated, and it took longer than expected to get rid of the ships. I bet that if he had his way, Allegra would never have come home from the Far East in 2010...my last and most wonderful cruise aboard her.
Hi, Not sure how to post this, but...
I have put together an album of photos taken on our Costa Allegra cruise ex Singapore in Oct 2009.
If anyone is interested, here is the link.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157632104714000/

Mike
 

Ally

Deckhand
Wonderful memories Mike, thank you for posting them :):):)

She was a very special little ship and although she is/was "just" a ship, she had a warmth and a welcome so sorely missing from many od the more modern vessels that have replaced her....
 
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