Club Med 2 & Grand Mistral

This update to the archive features new photos of Club Med 2 and Grand Mistral, taken during their visits to the city on 27/07/2013.

CLUB MED 2

With her striking design, Club Med 2 turns heads wherever she sails. Built in France in 1992, her traditional diesel-electric power plant is supplemented by seven computer-operated sails. With a length of 194m, she is one of the largest sailing ships in the world.

Cruise Ship Club Med 2 in Bergen, Norway
Club Med 2's clean white profile highlights her unusual design 
Cruise Ship Club Med 2 in Bergen, Norway
Club Med 2 departing Bergen
Her elegant lines and five enormous masts made for an impressive sight as she made her departure.

GRAND MISTRAL

Built at Chantiers de L'Atlantique in 1999, Grand Mistral was originally named Mistral, and was the first new ship for Festival Cruises. With a gross tonnage of 48,200 she can accommodate 1700 passengers served by a crew of 670. Following the collapse of Festival Cruises in 2004, she was bought by Iberojet (now Iberocruises) and in 2007 took the name Grand Mistral.

Cruise Ship Grand Mistral in Bergen, Norway
Grand Mistral pulls way from her berth at Skolten Syd
In November 2013 (just a few months after these photos were taken), parent company Carnival Corporation made the decision to transfer Grand Mistral to the Costa Cruises fleet. To kick-start her new career as Costa neoRiviera she underwent a multi-million euro refurbishment, bringing her facilities in line with the more modern ships in the Costa Fleet.

Cruise Ship Grand Mistral in Bergen, Norway
Grand Mistral departs Bergen in the evening light
Cruise Ship Grand Mistral in Bergen, Norway
Grand Mistral passes the park on the Nordnes peninsula
As she was transferred soon after, this call marked her final visit to Bergen under the name Grand Mistral. After a sunny summer day alongside at Skolten Syd, she made an early evening departure and sailed past the Nordnes peninsula and out into Byfjorden.

Cruise Ship Grand Mistral in Bergen, Norway
Grand Mistral makes one final departure from Bergen

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