Grand Classica is a small cruise ship offering a value resort-style cruise experience.
The ship began life as Costa Classica. She was the first new ship ordered by Costs in more than 20 years and thus marked the line's entry into modern cruising. She was delivered to Costa in 1991.
In 2000, the ship was scheduled to be lengthened by inserting an additional section in the middle of the ship. However, a dispute arose between Costa and the shipyard while the ship was en route to the yard. As a result, the order was cancelled even though the shipyard had completed building the additional section.
The ship was re-named Costa Neo-Classica in 2014. During that stage of her career, she sailed mostly in the Far East.
In 2018, she was sold to Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. Re-named Grand Classica, the ship was put her to work providing two-night Bahamas cruises from Palm Beach, Florida.
Grand Classica has ten decks and offers many of the features expected from a modern cruise ship including a pool, a spa, a fitness center, a jogging track, a casino, shops and a theater. She has a very limited number of balconies.
The ship has eight dining venues. The main dining room is complimentary and for dinner, offers traditional two-seating dining or the option of a flexible dining system. There is also a complimentary buffet and 24-hour room service.
Grand Classica has several extra-tariff specialty venues including a steak and seafood restaurant, an Italian-inspired restaurant, a gourmet burger venue, a sports bar with pub food, specialty coffee and sweets bar and an “interactive” venue where guests can cook their meat on hot lava rocks. On the second day of the cruise, the Ocean Bar has smoke house dishes. The food is free but the drinks are an extra charge.
TONNAGE: 52,926 gross tons
LENGTH: 718 ft/221 meters
BEAM: 98 ft/ 31 meters
DRAFT: 25 ft./7.6 meters
SPEED: 18.5 knots (cruising)
20 knots (max.)
POWER PLANT: Diesel
PROPULSION: Two propellers
LINE: Bahamas Paradise Cruises
CAPACITY: 1,680 (max.)
ENTERED SERVICE: 1991 (as Costa Classica)
2014 (as Costa Neo-Classica)
2018 (as Grand Classica)
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