Grand Mistral was originally built
for Festival Cruises as their
Mistral. This was Festival
Cruises first new built ship. Although
Festival originally ordered three ships
in this class, they decided to have the
following two ships lengthened.
Mistral joined Festival's fleet of
older vessels in 1999 as the flagship of
this growing cruise line.
Grand Mistral has 8 passenger
decks, 2 pools, 7 bars, casino, fitness
center, 600-seat showroom, 375 cabins of
which 80 have balconies, 223 inside
cabins, can carry 1,196 passengers and a
crew of 473.
Mistral was mainly operated on
cruises throughout the Mediterranean in
summer and the Caribbean in winter. Her
main route in the Mediterranean was from
Rome - Genoa, Marseilles/France,
Palermo/Sicily, & back to Rome.
After Festival Cruises stopped
operating in 2004, this ship was sold to
the Spanish cruise line Iborjet to be
operated as their Grand
Costa took over Grand Mistral
in 2014 to be operated as their Costa
Riviera, or Costa
Itinerary is mainly cruises out
of Barcelona, Savona, Venice, Istanbul
and Dubai. Reviews.