|by courtesy of ARCHIVIO STORICO of the COSTA FAMILY. c/o IL PONTE KS, Genoa, Italy|
|1972-1989||Summer season: Cruises in the Mediterranean, winter season: South America cruises; 2 line voyages Buenos Aires - Genua per year (mere repositioning cruises).|
|1974||Parts of the German movie "Der letzte Schrei" are shot on the ship|
|1979||Conversion (see previous page)|
||Renamed ENRICO COSTA|
After the conversion (see previous page) was completed, the ENRICO C. left port to 18 seven-day Venice-to-Greece cruises. Such cruises, with exactly the same route, require substantially less coordination expenditure (route planning, creation of an excursions program etc.) and are usually quite low-priced therefore. In 1980 she repeated these successful voyages. 1982, 1985 and 1986 the Western Mediterranean was once more on her schedule from Genoa. In these years the ENRICO C. won herself an inspired and faithful following among the cruise customers. The long years under the Costa flag can surely be regarded as a highlight of her career so far.
The ENRICO C. was registered, as it is common,
at the legal seat of the shipping company, and that was Genoa in the case
of Costa Armatori. In 1982 however her home port was shifted to Naples,
only to be shifted to Palermo in 1986. 1987 however it received its final
home port so far, this time Naples again. This was caused by the new business
strategy, which in August 1986 brought forth a new subsidiary of Costa Armatori,
the "Costa Crociere SpA". Their company headquarters was Naples. And so the
ENRICO C. followed... In the course of this new strategy all Costa ships
were renamed. The „C.“ now became " Costa ", therefore her
full name was ENRICO COSTA now. Despite the
new strategy her proven field of action, Mediterranean and South America
cruises, remained the same. On Mediterranean cruises the customers were in
the majority Italians, in addition Germans (in Germany the ship was offered
by Hapag Lloyd and NUR Touristik at that time) and other Europeans were represented
numerously. In the South American area, where the voyages frequently started
at Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians dominated the scene, as for instance on a journey
from Rio to southern Argentina and back in the year 1987.
From Rio, well-known to the ship from her old SGTM times as an intermediate stop on the route to Buenos Aires, the transatlantic trip back to Genoa and the Mediterranean regions started that year. Still her ship bell carried the inscription "Provence".