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Maasdam
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posted 11-21-2011 10:53 AM      Profile for Maasdam   Author's Homepage   Email Maasdam   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What do you think about this.

Rape rape. Really here good looks are gone in this image. From here: Grande como il mare.

Greetings Ben.


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Galaxy
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posted 11-21-2011 11:02 AM      Profile for Galaxy   Author's Homepage   Email Galaxy   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well,its sad to see what they do to her....but the good thing is that Costa get their first Spaceship in the fleet when she is finish
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Frosty 4
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posted 11-21-2011 11:07 AM      Profile for Frosty 4   Email Frosty 4   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Looks like another EPIC block house added on.
Did they strectch the center???
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Thad
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posted 11-21-2011 01:21 PM      Profile for Thad   Email Thad   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No stretching, just adding a bunch of balconies there..


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NAL
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posted 11-21-2011 01:33 PM      Profile for NAL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What is that big windowed area at the front of the superstructure? It looks very much like Costa Victoria.
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rd77
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posted 11-22-2011 10:11 AM      Profile for rd77   Email rd77   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes this whole refit is horrible. IMHO it is even worse than what Carnival did to some FANTASY class vessels. The current SPLENDOUR OF THE SEAS refit also comes close however.

Did you know she will also be renamed as COSTA NEOROMANTICA? Ugh!!!

I only hope that sister COSTA CLASSICA will be deemed to old to refit and left well alone...


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Waynaro
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posted 11-22-2011 04:45 PM      Profile for Waynaro   Email Waynaro   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
She is going to look very disproportional when the butcher job is complete. If Costa had stretched the ship also, the upper decks addition may not look too bad....
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Waynaro
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posted 11-22-2011 04:50 PM      Profile for Waynaro   Email Waynaro   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by NAL:
What is that big windowed area at the front of the superstructure? It looks very much like Costa Victoria.
That area will house the new gym/fitness center. I recall there used to be a show lounge at that location.

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jeffrossatsea
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posted 11-22-2011 07:24 PM      Profile for jeffrossatsea   Email jeffrossatsea   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
thats why they are called Carnivore...they chew up ships and spit them out...mangled and unsightly...jeff
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Salaison
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posted 11-23-2011 12:44 PM      Profile for Salaison   Email Salaison   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Poor Romantica why are these guys butchering ships.....everything is starting to look like crap!!!
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lasuvidaboy
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posted 11-23-2011 01:17 PM      Profile for lasuvidaboy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can't think of many major exterior alterations that have gone well. There are of course exceptions such as Sitmar's rebuilding of tss Fairsea and Fairwind which produced two ships far more attractive than as originally built. I also think that the 1959 rebuilding of the Independence and Constitution was well thought out (the original design was of course better looking) but that was a different era when exterior design was extremely important.

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Daniel Capella
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posted 11-23-2011 02:58 PM      Profile for Daniel Capella   Author's Homepage   Email Daniel Capella   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There's a hole in Costa Romantica's bow. The space is being used to add the new featurs of the Samsara Spa.

Source (with more images): WorldCruises.com


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DEIx15x8
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posted 11-25-2011 08:37 PM      Profile for DEIx15x8   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't understand Carnival's obsession with building above the bridge. Every time I look at the newest Carnival ships they just look bad like the Epic and it's not because of the extra decks since they look fine from the side. It's because the bridge is in the middle of the ship. When you look at the Oasis she looks great from the front and yet she is taller than these other new ships, the difference is that the bridge is the top. It makes a big difference in the perceived top heaviness of a ships appearance as we all perceive anything above that point as "tacked on" whether they are or not.

If they had carried the smoothness of the front surface up another two decks and then put the bridge she may have a better appearance. It appears that they are doing extensive renovations to the bridge anyway.


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LeBarryboat
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posted 11-25-2011 10:35 PM      Profile for LeBarryboat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I never did like the goofy round dish on top of Romantica and Classica, the space just felt odd to me.
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Daniel Capella
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posted 12-29-2011 02:32 AM      Profile for Daniel Capella   Author's Homepage   Email Daniel Capella   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
More photos of the revitalization of Romantica in this link.
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Ernst
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posted 12-29-2011 02:53 AM      Profile for Ernst   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Video on the refit
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dmwnc1
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posted 02-06-2012 04:58 AM      Profile for dmwnc1   Email dmwnc1   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Any new pictures of her? I had been watching her on the Genoa shipyard webcam and then one day she was gone.
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PamM
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posted 02-06-2012 07:54 AM      Profile for PamM   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
She has just moved [24 Jan] to the next basin and out of view of the webcam. See here. I don't really think Moby Wonder is berthed like that either

The last photo I have seen is dated 19 Jan here.

Pam

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DAMBROSI2
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posted 02-06-2012 08:14 AM      Profile for DAMBROSI2   Email DAMBROSI2   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
NCL had that extra deck above the bridge on the NORWAY, which I think was a waste of money and it made her look terrible.
I'm not crazy about the look to the COSTA ROMANTICA either, it makes her appear too top heavy. I think the problem here is, 'we've got to do anything we can to make these ships outdo the others, even if the looks are'nt appealing.' Give me the looks of the older ships of the past that cruising first started out as and then I'll start cruising again.

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lasuvidaboy
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posted 02-06-2012 12:21 PM      Profile for lasuvidaboy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I agree that the extra decks added to Norway ruined her once beautiful profile but the alterations allowed her to compete with more modern tonnage coming on line. Norway was getting tired and NCL had little choice but to increase her capacity and scope of facilities. The sleek Atlantic greyhound profile was sacrificed in the process.
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Malcolm @ cruisepage
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posted 02-06-2012 02:22 PM      Profile for Malcolm @ cruisepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If 'Norwegian Epic' and 'Pride of America' conceived a child, it would look like NEOROMANTICA!
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desirod7
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posted 02-06-2012 03:57 PM      Profile for desirod7     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Malcolm @ cruisepage:
If 'Norwegian Epic' and 'Pride of America' conceived a child, it would look like NEOROMANTICA!

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NAL
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posted 02-06-2012 04:40 PM      Profile for NAL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This one is surely one of the most unattractive!
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Michael534
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posted 02-06-2012 06:47 PM      Profile for Michael534   Email Michael534   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You said it Malcolm! Let's hope they don't keep breeding!!
When I first saw the rendering Thad posted I thought of two things.
1. It looked like something made of Lego blocks.
2. Looking at all the mish mash of elements in the design (I use that word loosely) crammed onto/into such a small ship I was reminded of the days when people would put Rolls Royce hoods on VW bugs. And like the VW/RR conversions, the ship looks like a parody of her original self.

Looking at what she looks like in the latest pictures I can only be amused.

Now all I can think of is a lyric from Funny Girl..
"Oh, she's got very nice departments! Ugh, but when they see that assortment..."

Michael


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DAMBROSI2
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posted 02-06-2012 07:28 PM      Profile for DAMBROSI2   Email DAMBROSI2   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Question, what are they thinking?? Or what have they been smoking?
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