1979 Third Conversion

 
before afterwards
by courtesy of ARCHIVIO STORICO of the COSTA FAMILY.  
c/o IL PONTE KS, Genoa, Italy
by courtesy of ARCHIVIO STORICO of the COSTA FAMILY.  
c/o IL PONTE KS, Genoa, Italy
 
Beginning of 1979 Conversion in Genoa (extension of public spaces)
Spring 1979
Completion of works
 
At the beginning of 1979 another conversion was scheduled. This time the cabins were converted, and by this the removal of the class-separation was confirmed in the structure of the ship. The number of cabins without private facilities was reduced to 66. The passenger capacity was now 742 berths, but could be increased to 900 by use of the upper berths available in some cabins. The outward changes encompassed the removal of 4 lifeboats, which so far were fixed pick-a-back on other lifeboats to the same davits. Due to the smaller passenger capacity in comparison to the regular line service, they were redundant now. Additionally the starboard upper promenade was enclosed and annexed to the Alassio-Lounge situated between the promenades. Thus the portside promenade was partially eliminated. Sadly the first-class lounge gave way to a foyer called „Grand Bar“ (which was of cause sported a bar). Now or during the eighties the first class dining room was replaced by a game and TV-room. For completeness’ sake I want to mention, that the ENRICO C. so far possessed two derricks arranged behind the bridge, which fell victim to the conversion. All this work, which increased the measurement of the ship to 16.495 GRT, was again trusted to the Mariotti yard of Genoa; the expense was 8 million dollars.
 
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