Costa Cruises has entered the Guinness World
Records for the history-making joint christening of its 13th and
14th additions to the fleet – the Costa Luminosa and the Costa
The Costa Luminosa - the ship of light - and the
Costa Pacifica - the ship of music - were christened in the port
of Genoa: the first time in the world that two cruise liners have
been christened at the same time and in the same place.
historic event, certified as a Guinness World Record in the new
category “Most ships inaugurated in one day by one company”,
involved the whole city in a special light and music
extravaganza, in keeping with the ships’ personalities and
their “Made in Italy” style.
Costa Cruises Chairman and CEO
Pier Luigi Foschi said, “The double christening of the Costa
Luminosa and Costa Pacifica is a momentous occasion for Costa
Cruises and for global shipping as a whole. We are thrilled to
be celebrating this event in the city where we’ve been based
since 1854. In 2008 alone, we produced total business output in
Italy worth 1.1 billion euros, generated largely by the
construction of the Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica. But our
expansion program doesn’t stop here. Three new vessels, all built
in Italy, are due for delivery by 2012.”
As part of the
inaugural celebrations, Costa Cruises invited two ambassadors of
Italian excellence to be the godmothers of the two exclusive
and innovative ships.
The Costa Luminosa was named by world and
Olympic fencing champion Valentina Vezzali, while the Costa
Pacifica was christened by one of the world’s most popular concert
and recording artists, Noa, who is a Commander of the Order of
the Star for Italian Solidarity for her musical achievement. In
keeping with tradition, the two godmothers cut the ribbons and let
two bottles of Aneri prosecco wine break against the bows of
the ships to symbolize the embarkation.
included a display of an extraordinary fly-past over the port to
the two new ships by the Frecce Tricolori National Aerobatic
The performances were followed by a gala dinner for 4,000
guests at the restaurants on the Costa Pacifica. The 100% Italian
menu was prepared by two Michelin-star chefs.
emphasize the inspirational themes of the ships, the evening show,
“An Italian Portrait in Music and Light” featured top Italian
and international artists, and was a tribute to the creativity,
elegance and style synonymous worldwide with the “Made in Italy”
Costa Luminosa is the company’s flagship, the most exclusive and
innovative of the fleet, designed for ‘high-end’ clientele.
Weighing 92,600 dwt, she can carry up to 2,826 guests in 1,130
cabins, 772 of those with private balcony.
Her specialty is five
innovative guest activities, based on state-of-the-art
technology. Known as the five ‘C Wonders’, these include a 4D
cinema; the latest generation golf simulator with 37, 18-hole
courses and a 100 m˛ putting green; a Grand Prix simulator; a
“PlayStation World”, an area exclusively equipped with
PlayStation 3 consoles; and a roller skating track.
Pacifica is the largest Italian cruise liner afloat. The 114,500
gross-tonnage ship, with guest capacity of 3,780, and 1,504
cabins, also features the Grand Prix simulator and the
“PlayStation World”. As the ship of music, she is one of the world’s
first vessels with a real recording studio fitted out with the
most sophisticated equipment for guests to record their own CDs.
For pampering, both ships house a large Samsara Spa wellness
centre, which features the premier Technogym Kinesis circuit,
and a central swimming pool with a retractable glass roof and a
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