Costa Favolosa, the 15th vessel in Costa Cruises’ fleet was launched today in Venice, following delivery by Fincantieri.
Costa Favolosa (114,500 gross tonnage and a capacity of 3,800 total guests) is the largest cruise ship flying the Italian flag.
About 3,000 Costa Cruises’ employees and 7,000 external workers contributed to the construction of this ship. The majority of the 500 companies involved in the shipbuilding activities are Italian and the total cost of the investment in the new building undertaken by Costa Cruises is worth approximately 510 million euros.
Costa Cruises is very proud of Costa Favolosa. “She’s a wonderful ship, a real “contemporary enchanted castle” with incredible technological features where our guests will experience a “fairy-tale holiday”. Despite the worldwide economic situation, our expansion plan continues, with major investments in Italy, thanks to the strength of our brand, the quality of our product and customer satisfaction,” said Pier Luigi Foschi, Chairman and CEO of Costa Crociere S.p.A.
There is a myriad of “fabulous” ways to have fun and relax on board the new flagship: a wellness area extending over 6,000 m²; new suites with Jacuzzis and verandas; an Aqua Park for children; virtual reality experiences; Grand Prix race car and golf simulators; and the best of Italian and international cuisine.
The ship will depart from Venice on 4 July 2011 on her first voyage, a three-day mini-cruise. Throughout the summer of 2011, Costa’s flagship will sail eight-day cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean, calling at Turkey, Greece and Croatia. In contrast, next winter, Costa Favolosa will sail to the exotic seas of the Arab Emirates and Oman, offering her guests dream cruises in the mythical and fabulous area of the Arabian Nights.
Costa Favolosa will depart from the Venice Maritime Station on 1 July 2011 to kick off her naming festivities. During the night, the ship will be one of the highlights of the “Notte Rosa 2011”, or summer’s New Year’s Eve, when the Adriatic Riviera in Emilia Romagna region turns pink. With her gala lighting on display, the ship will sail along the Romagna coast, stopping in front of the town of Cattolica for an incredible fireworks show on the sea.
The following day, 2 July, the Costa Favolosa will arrive in Trieste for her naming ceremony. This incredible event, open to the entire city, will involve the beautiful setting of Piazza Unità d’Italia. The event, a tribute to Italian identity and beauty, is included in the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. The ship’s godmother will be Margareth Madè, the Italian actress who became a household name thanks to her role in the movie “Baaria”. During the naming show the spotlight will also be focused on the famous pianist Ludovico Einaudi, the actor Alessandro Rossi and the School of Dance of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala. The Master of Ceremonies for the occasion will be TV journalist Cristina Parodi.
Her grand inaugural cruise, will leave Venice on 7 July: an 11-day itinerary taking in Greece, Turkey and Croatia with stopovers in Bari, Izmir, Istanbul (Turkey), Mykonos, Piraeus, Olympia (Greece) and Dubrovnik (Croatia). For the rest of this summer season the Costa Favolosa will be leaving from Venice every Sunday and Bari every Monday on eight-day cruises stopping in Olympia (Greece), Izmir and Istanbul (Turkey), and Dubrovnik (Croatia).
In winter 2011/12, the Costa Favolosa will be deployed on seven-day cruises out of Dubai on the following itinerary: Muscat (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Khasab (Oman) and Dubai.
Costa Favolosa is the penultimate ship of nine new vessels that Costa Cruises ordered from Fincantieri that have been and will be delivered from 2003 to 2012. The next ship to enter service will be the Costa Fascinosa, the sister ship of the Costa Favolosa, also under construction in Marghera, to be delivered in the spring of 2012. Costa’s new ships are part of a fleet expansion plan developed by Costa Crociere S.p.A. (including AIDA Cruises and Iberocruceros), involving 22 ships and a total investment of 9.6 billion euros from 2000 to 2013.