GENOA , ITALY, Oct 18 — Costa Crociere, the leading cruise line in Italy and Europe, has announced an order for two new 114,200-ton ships to be delivered in 2011 and 2012. Costa Crociere S.p.a, the Italian subsidiary of Carnival Corp & plc, signed an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of the two new vessels at an all-in cost of approximately Ã¢â€šÂ¬1 billion (Ã¢â€šÂ¬510 million per ship). The two new ships will be built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard and be sister ships to the Costa Concordia, Costa Serena and Costa Pacifica, the latter of which is currently being built at FincantieriÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Sestri Ponente shipyard. The new ships will each be able to accommodate 3,780 passengers in total (including all upper berths) or 3,012 guests based on double occupancy.
“By ordering two additional ships for our fleet of twelve, plus three ordered previously, we are not only reinforcing our position as the market leader in Italy and Europe, but also responding to the increasing demand for our product from our customers across the globe,” said Pier Luigi Foschi, Chairman and CEO of Costa Crociere S.p.A. “We are very pleased to have Fincantieri build these two new Concordia class ships and to enjoy our continued successful relationship.”
The two new ships ordered will offer the same innovative elements featured on the other Concordia class ships including the 23,000 square-foot Samsara spa, which is one of the largest spas at sea, complete with exclusive cabins featuring direct access to the spa and a dedicated restaurant. The ships will also feature two swimming pools with retractable magrodomes, the central one equipped with a giant movie screen and authentic Grand Prix race car driving simulators, which provide the most accurate representation of Formula One driving available. In addition, the new ships will boast 17 additional veranda cabins and an overall total of 1,506 cabins, six more than the other Concordia class ships. The two ships will also feature additional innovations to the spa area as well as upgrades to onboard entertainment for both adults and children and teens, among many other new and unique features.
Costa’s total capacity will increase by 20% (based on double occupancy) with the addition of the two new vessels, confirming the Italian cruise lineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s position as market leader in Europe. The two new orders bring Costa’s fleet expansion program, which began in 2000, to a total value of Ã¢â€šÂ¬5.5 billion and the total number of vessels introduced between 2000 and 2012 to 13. By 2012, when the last of the new orders is completed, the Costa fleet will be 17 strong and have a total guest capacity of approximately 36,700 based on double occupancy.
Costa Crociere, Italy and Europe’s Number One Cruise Line, is based in Italy and boasts 60 years of rich history. In 2006, Costa Crociere carried a total of 880,000 guests, a figure which topped the historic 1 million mark in 2007. Its fleet is Europe’s largest and most advanced with 12 ships in service and five on order. By 2012, the Costa fleet will be 17 strong with a total guest capacity of approximately 36,700. All of the vessels fly the Italian flag and are deployed in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, South America, Dubai, the Far East and the Indian Ocean. All of the Costa Group vessels fly the Italian flag. Costa Crociere S.p.A. is a member of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise operator.