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Homeric - Westerdam - Costa Europa
This page is devoted to postcards and photographs of the Home Lines ship Homeric of 1986, which subsequently served as the Westerdam of Holland America Line and the Costa Europa of Costa Crociere.
Homeric (2) was built in 1986 for Home Lines by Jos.L.Meyer (yard number 610) at Papenburg. She has a similar feel in some areas to P&O's Oriana from the same yard in 1995, particularly along the spacious promenade deck. Although built as a cruise ship rather than an ocean liner, the liner background of Home Lines is still apparent in some of the layout - the dining saloon is down on deck four with low ceilings. Homeric spent her summers on Home Lines New-York-Bermuda service, and wintered in the Caribbean.
Home Lines was bought by Holland America Line (HAL) in 1988, and the still new Homeric became the Westerdam on November 2nd. They sold her running mate, the Atlantic, to Premier Cruise Lines. Almost immediately, HAL was acquired by Carnival, who invested heavily in Westerdam when she returned to her builders in October 1989 for lengthening by 39.6 metres, returning to service in March 1990. Two forwards lounges were replaced by a two deck theatre, the original theatre on the uppermost deck initially remaining as a cinema/smaller theatre. Westerdam continued to run Caribbean cruises in winter, but ran to Alaska from Vancouver in the summer. Carnival bought a 50% interest in Costa Crociere (with Airtours) in December 1996, taking the remaining 50% from Airtours in 2001. In 2002, Westerdam was transferred to Costa and was renamed Costa Europa. She received a further major refit which included the replacement of the original one-level cinema by six large balcony suites.
There is a series of pages on a Costa Europa Cruise taken in 2008
Ship Names on this Page:-
Homeric - Home Line 1986-88
Westerdam - Holland America Line 1988-2003
Costa Europa - Costa Cruises 2002-
Associated Pages:-
Costa Europa Cruise - March 2008 cruise
Costa Cruises
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Home Lines
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Homeric - Westerdam - Costa Europa
Homeric (2)
(Home Lines: 1986-1988)
Homeric replaced the Oceanic in the Home Lines fleet. In 1988, Home Lines were bought by Holland America, who in turn were bought by Carnival. Carnival transferred herto Costa in 2002.
This is the advance official Home Lines card of Homeric (2).
"Proudly Introducing mv Homeric. Now under construction. Italian crew - Panamanian Registry. About 34000 tons".
Official Home Lines photographic postcard of Homeric (2).
Scan: Ken Murayama.
Official Home Lines photographic postcard of Homeric (2).
Official Home Lines photographic postcard of Homeric (2).
(Holland America: 1988-2002)
To be added
Costa Europa
(Costa: 2002- )
Westerdam was transferred to Carnival's subsidiary Costa Cruises as the Costa Europa in 2002. She received a modest refurbishment, and weighed in at 53,872 grt, carrying 1,494 passengers in lower berths. Upon entering service for Costa, Costa Europa will offer 10 and 11-night sailings throughout the Mediterranean.
More images of Costa Europa
Official Costa postcard of Costa Europa.
Official Costa postcard of Costa Europa.
Scan: Francesco Galantino.
Photograph of Costa Europa (right) at Lerwick (Shetland), plus the World.
Photo: © Francesco Galantino.
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