Costa Cruises and cruise ship builder Fincantieri have launched two ships. The Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica, the 13th and 14th members of the Costa fleet respectively, will both enter service next year.The Costa Luminosa, which will be able to accommodate 2828 guests and is 92,700 gross tonnage, was launched at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera (Province of Venice). The Costa Pacifica, with a total guest capacity of 3780 and 114,500 gross tonnage, was launched the same day in Genova-Sestri Ponente.
Costa Cruises has invested over 900 million euros in the construction of the two liners, with the labor of around 6000 people, comprising both Fincantieri’s own employees and those of about 500 contracted suppliers, most of which are Italian firms.
“This simultaneous launch is a concrete example of the entrepreneurial success of two Italian companies and also a milestone in the expansion of our fleet, which will have 17 ships by 2012,” said Costa Cruises S.p.A. Group Chairman & CEO Pier Luigi Foschi.
After the launch, work is set to continue for almost a year on the fitting out and interior decoration of both liners. The Costa Luminosa is due for delivery at the end of April 2009, the Costa Pacifica at the end of May 2009.
The two new fleet members will be christened together on June 5, 2009 in Genoa, Costa Cruises HQ.
In addition to the Costa Pacifica, Costa Luminosa and Costa Deliziosa, two sister ships of the Costa Pacifica will enter service in spring 2011 and 2012. The Costa Cruises fleet will then be 17-strong and able to carry some 46,400 guests, an increase of 50% on present capacity.