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5 facts about the Costa Concordia cruise ship

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:13 AM EST, Mon January 16, 2012
Graphic shows relative size of ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship.
Graphic shows relative size of ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Concordia was christened in 2006
  • The ship weighs in at more than 114,000 gross tonnage
  • About 4,200 people were on board the ship when it ran aground

(CNN) -- The Costa Concordia struck rocks in shallow water off Italy's western coast on Friday, killing at least three people, injuring 20 and leaving dozens unaccounted for. Here are five facts about the cruise ship:

1. The Concordia is owned by Genoa-based Costa Cruises. It was christened in 2006, at which point the ship was believed to be the largest cruise ship flying the Italian flag.

How the Costa Concordia ran aground
The Costa Concordia struck rocks on January 13 and turned on its side off the Italian island of Giglio. The Costa Concordia struck rocks on January 13 and turned on its side off the Italian island of Giglio.
The Costa Concordia disaster
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2. The ship weighs in at more than 114,000 gross tonnage and measures 951 feet in length. Its maximum speed was designed to be 23 knots.

3. Among the amenities on board: a wellness center, five restaurants, 13 bars, four swimming pools and a giant movie screen. The ship has 1,500 cabins.

4. Its name -- Concordia -- is Italian for concord, or harmony.

5. About 4,200 people were on board the ship when it ran aground. Most of the passengers were Italian, as well as some French and German citizens. CNN affiliate America Noticias, in Peru, said a group of 32 Peruvians were also onboard. Brazil's state-run Agencia Brasil said 53 Brazilians were on the cruise ship. An estimated 126 Americans were also on board, according to the U.S. State Department.

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