Costa Pacifica

It was an absolutely stunning day in Bergen last summer when Costa Pacifica docked at Bontelabo. The following photos were taken as she made her departure from the city on 08/07/14. 

I have now updated this post with additional photos and information, as I work to refresh the archive of photos taken before this blog was up and running. 

Cruise Ship Costa Pacifica in Bergen, Norway
Close-ups of Costa Pacifica alongside in Bergen
Costa Pacifica was built in Italy in 2008/09. She is the third of Costa's Concordia-Class ships, following on from her ill-fated sister Costa Concordia.

With a length of 290m and a gross tonnage of 114,500 she can accommodate up to 3780 passengers, served by a crew of 1100.

Cruise Ship Costa Pacifica in Bergen, Norway
The sun cast some wonderful reflections on her hull
With little to distinguish between the majority of large ships in Costa's fleet, Costa Pacifica settled easily into her service role, and has had a reasonably successful career to date.

Cruise Ship Costa Pacifica in Bergen, Norway
Deck workers stand by as Costa Pacifica swings away from her berth
Probably the only significant incident was a collision with a piling whilst docking in Marseille in December 2012. This cut an 8-foot gash in the side of her hull (see a photo in the Cruise Law News article here). Thankfully the damage was superficial, and Costa Pacifica was able to continue without serious delay.

Cruise Ship Costa Pacifica in Bergen, Norway
Also in port was Phoenix Reisen's cruise ship Albatros
Despite being modern and 'blocky' in design, Costa Pacifica is (along with her many sisters and near-sisters across the brands of parent company Carnival) a reasonably attractive ship, with her smartly angled superstructure going some way to disguise and soften her apartment-block-like features.

Cruise Ship Costa Pacifica in Bergen, Norway
Costa Pacifica's imposing bow towers over the quayside
As she pulled away from her berth at Bontelabo the bright sun was reflected back up onto her hull, making for some great shots of her turning ready for departure.

Cruise Ship Costa Pacifica in Bergen, Norway
The dark shadows and clear skies emphasise Costa Pacifica's smart profile
Cruise Ship Costa Pacifica in Bergen, Norway
The glass on the balconies catches the light
After putting her bow in the right direction, she slipped smoothly out into byfjorden, passing under the Askøy bridge before continuing on to her next port of call.

Cruise Ship Costa Pacifica in Bergen, Norway
Costa Pacifica eases her way into the fjords
Costa Pacifica is scheduled to call into Bergen five times during the 2015 season, so expect to see her featured on this blog again soon.

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