Fabulous . . . and fascinating: that’s what the 16th and 17th cruise ships in the Costa fleet will be. Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa are the names chosen after travel agents and passengers were asked to suggest “a sea of names”.
Today’s announcement comes just in time for the keel-laying ceremony for Favolosa at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice on Thursday.
The two ships, each of 114,500 tons and carrying 3,3780 passengers, will enter service in summer 2011 and spring 2012.
Before then the Costa Deliziosa will be launched next February, confirming Costa’s place as the biggest cruise line in Europe.
Costa say 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’, and the Costa Fascinosa is designed to express that unique glamour of a cruise ship and her capacity to evoke strong emotion and passion.”
Can’t hide my disappointment that they didn’t choose my suggestions, though: Costa Living and Costa Packet.