Costa Fascinosa

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Costa Fascinosa close to Corfu
Career (Italy)
Name: Costa Fascinosa
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Costa Crociere
Ordered: October 2007
Builder: Fincantieri, at Marghera, Venice
Cost: 510 million euro
Laid down: 3 September 2010[1]
Maiden voyage: 6 May 2012
In service: 2012
Status: Operational
General characteristics
Class & type: Modified Concordia class cruise ship
Tonnage: 114,500 gross ton
Capacity: 3,780 passengers

Costa Fascinosa is a Concordia-class cruise ship that was ordered in October 2007 for Costa Crociere. Based on the Concordia class design, Costa Fascinosa was constructed by Fincantieri '​s Marghera shipyard in Venice. Part of a five-ship expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, the vessel entered service on 6 May 2012. She Is Also Costa Crociere's flagship.

Design and construction[edit]

Costa Fascinosa and sister ship Costa Favolosa were ordered in October 2007 as part of a 2.4 billion euro expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, with five ships entering service between 2009 and 2012 to increase the company's passenger capacity by 50%.[2][3][4] Costa Fascinosa cost 510 million euro to build.[5]

The names of the two ships were selected via competition.[2] The first phase saw 16,000 pairs of names submitted by travel agents and their customers from around the world, after being asked to suggest names that .[2] These names were to evoke the idea that the ships were "magical" and "glamorous" places.[2] 25 name pairs were shortlisted and placed on the company's website, where over 42,000 visitors voted on their favourite.[2] Favolosa (Italian for "fabulous") and Fascinosa ("fascinating" or "glamorous") were selected as the winning name pair.[2]

The vessel is based on the Concordia class design already in service with Costa Crociere.[4] Upon completion, the vessel measured 114,500 gross tons.[2] She carries up to 3,780 passengers in 1,506 cabins; six more than previous Concordia class ships.[2][5]

Costa Fascinosa is the sixteenth ship in service with Costa Crociere.[2] She was laid down on 3 September 2010[1] and was delivered to Costa Cruises on 5 May 2012.[6]

Operational history[edit]

Costa Fascinosa entered service on 6 May 2012, sailing on a preview cruise before entering regular service on 11 May, cruising to the eastern Mediterranean.[7] She will be transferred to South America in November 2012, before returning to the eastern Mediterranean for the summer 2013 season.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.cruisebusiness.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1359:fincantieri-lays-keel-of-costa-fascinosa&catid=43:latest-news-catecory&Itemid=115
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Costa Favolosa and Fascinosa". Cruise Industry News. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Niemelä, Teijo (31 January 2010). "Costa Deliziosa handed over". Cruise Business Review. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Company profile". Costa Cruises. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Costa Crociere orders two new cruise ships from Fincantieri" (Press release). Costa Cruises. 18 October 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/7211-costa-fascinosa-delivered-to-costa-cruises-today-in-venice-italy-.html
  7. ^ a b "Italy: Fincantieri’s Marghera Shipyard Delivers Costa Fascinosa". Shipbuilding Tribune. 7 May 2012. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 

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