MARGARITAVILLE-AT-SEA PARADISE PROFILE
Margaritaville-at-sea Paradise is a small cruise ship offering a value resort-style cruise experience based upon Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.
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.
In 2022, she underwent a refit and was renamed Margaritaville-at-sea Paradise after her owners entered into a joint venture with Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville organization.
The ship 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.
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
CAPACITY: 1,680 (max.)
ENTERED SERVICE: 1991 (as Costa Classica)
2014 (as Costa Neo-Classica)
2018 (as Grand Classica)
2022 (as Margaritaville-at-sea Paradise)
(Courtesy of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line)
A collection menus from the ship's time as Grand Classica.
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