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Costa Concordia

MS Costa Concordia was a Concordia-class cruise ship owned and operated by Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of American-British Carnival Corporation & Plc. The name Concordia was intended to express the wish for “continuing harmony, unity, and peace between European nations.”  She was the largest Italian cruise ship ever conceived was ordered on 19 January 2004 in Fincantieri and built in the Sestri Ponente yard in Genoa, as yard number 6122. She had an inauspicious launch at Sestri Ponente on 2 September 2005, when the champagne bottle failed to break; an incident some would say doomed her as this is held to be a bad omen for a ship.

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