|13.05 1990||First cruise (in the Mediterranean) after conversion|
|15.09.1992||The ENRICO COSTA runs aground off Katakolon (Greece)|
|since 1993||Change in itineraries: summer season northern Europe, winter season Canary Islands|
|spring 1994||Since the order for the COSTA VICTORIA was signed, the ENRICO COSTA was put up for sale|
On 4 - 15 April 1994 a all-German special cruise was offered to the German public, with prices starting at the modest rate of 1570, - German Marks, called in the brochure "Sahara, temples and volcanoes". She called at Tunisia, Malta, Greece, Lipari Islands and Rome. However, her time under Costa management came to an end.
Already before the last conversion the first ship
of a quite new style joined the fleet of Costa Crociere: The COSTA MARINA.
This ship was substantially larger than the ENRICO COSTA. But the worst
is jet to come: In short intervals new and ever larger units were added:
the COSTA ALLEGRA (28430 GRT), a sister ship of the COSTA MARINA, the COSTA
CLASSICA and the COSTA ROMANTICA (each 53,000 GRT). All these ships now
had an engine built in at the stern and the funnel had shifted towards aft.
This made paved the way for arranging a spacious „pool landscape“ on the
top of the ships with several pools and Whirlpools. They were characterized
also by multi-storeyed atria and from the outside by strangely worked funnels
consisting of a set of three clenched-together tubes. Therefore it surprises
even more that Costa had spend this huge sum on the ENRICO COSTA lately.
Even after the planned refit she still could not offer e.g. a panorama restaurant
arranged on an upper deck (a restaurant in the hull of the ship offers substantial
advantages in rough seas however!). And cabins with the now fashionable private-balcony
were missing also. Last but not least most cruise ships of the second generation
offer a great portion of the desired cabins on upper decks, which makes them
look like rectangular swimming skyscrapers. In general it is believed since
the beginning of the ´90s that only small or very large cruise ships
have a chance of survival in the fierce competition on the cruise market:
large ships are looked upon as having low expenses per passenger; small ones
can call at ports, which large do not fit in because of their draught. As
an old transatlantic liner she is, the ENRICO COSTA however has a draught
of 7.52 m, thus no less than the modern megaliners. Therefore there was no
future for this cozy, nostalgic ship in the Costa fleet; With the order of
an even more gigantic ship, the COSTA VICTORIA (75,000 BRZ)
she was put up for sale in spring of 1994.