Costa Europa has been renamed Thomson Dream and is now operated by Thomson Cruises.
Built in 1986 at Meyer Werft as Homeric for the erstwhile Homes Line, Costa Europa was at the time the largest ship to be launched sideways. Homeric's sucess resulted Meyer Werft becoming a major passenger ship building yard. The problems encountered with the weather during her construction prompted the building of Meyer's first covered dry dock, a bridge was rebuilt following her collision with that bridge during the transfer from the shipyard to the sea.
On the take over of Homes Lines by Holland America Line she was renamed Westerdam and returned to the Meyer Werft to be steched by 40 m (nearly 20 % of her overall length) at the end of 1989.
In 2002 the vessel was transfered to Costa Cruises and renamed Costa Europa.
Reviews of Costa Europa are found at www.cruisepage.com (see also this review). For photos, postcards and more detailed information on the history of this vessel go to Simplon Postcards or Fakta om Fartyg. During her career with Holland America she also was featured in the film 'Out at Sea'.
Costa Europa collided with a pier at Sharm El Sheik, Egypt in February 2010. For more information on this accident go to the BBC webpage.
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