The 16th and 17th ships in the fleet of Costa
Cruises are to be called the Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa.
The two new sister ships (114,500 gross tonnage and 3,780 total
passengers), built by Fincantieri at its Marghera shipyard and due
for delivery in summer 2011 and spring 2012 respectively,
complete a major fleet expansion program, comprising the entry
into service this year of the Costa Luminosa (in May) and the
Costa Pacifica (in June), and at the end of January 2010 of the
The choice of names was guided by about 40,000
Travel Agents in over 40 countries, who submitted more than 16,000
pairs of names as part of the “Send us a sea of names” project, an
unprecedented initiative whereby Travel Agents, customers and web
users all over the world took part in the search for the names for
the two new Costa Cruises flagships.
A shortlist of 25 pairs of
names was posted at worldofcosta.com, and all visitors to the
website were invited to choose their favorite pairing. More than
42,000 preferences were expressed.
The Costa Favolosa is intended to be the
epitome of ship interior design, interpreting the excitement and
emotion of people who view the cruise as a magical voyage in a
“contemporary enchanted castle”.
The Costa Fascinosa is designed to
express that special glamour of a cruise ship and her
capacity to arouse strong emotion and passion.
The Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa will be
delivered in summer 2011 and spring 2012, respectively. They are
part of a major fleet expansion program which, with 5 new ships
due for delivery between 2009 and 2012, entail a total
investment worth some 2.4 billion euros.
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