MIAMI, FL, Feb 12 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Guests who sail aboard the Costa Luminosa, Costa CruisesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ newest flagship, will enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment in the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s theatre that will feature entertainment and special effects unlike anything offered in the Italian companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fleet of 12 ships. Currently under construction at FincantieriÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Marghera shipyard, the 92,700 gross-ton Costa Luminosa is scheduled for delivery in April 2009 and will be the newest flagship in the fleet. The latest highlight in her construction was the insertion of two blocks, one weighing 444 tons and one 280 tons, which together will comprise the Ã¢â‚¬Å“heartÃ¢â‚¬Â of the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s unique and innovative theatre. The theatre will seat 800 people on three levels.
The Costa Luminosa will provide accommodations for 2,828 people and will offer the very best of the Costa product from wellness and spa, to entertainment and art, fine food and wine as well as itineraries. The new theatre will be one of the main innovations on the ship with its highly sophisticated structure that will have a surface area of 1,300 square meters, and a height of nearly 10 meters. While specific details related to exact features will be forthcoming, guests can count on amenities and technology that will make it a model for similar entertainment facilities built ashore. In particular, innovative Ã¢â‚¬Å“LEDÃ¢â‚¬Â technology will ensure a special effects capability so spectacular that it will create a veritable Ã¢â‚¬Å“show within a show.Ã¢â‚¬Â
As with all theaters in the Costa fleet, the theater on the Costa Luminosa will be used for Costa CruisesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ own Ã¢â‚¬Å“in-houseÃ¢â‚¬Â musicals. These Broadway-scale productions are based on a central theme with specially designed stage sets and costumes and a cast of up to 14 singers and dancers, all created to appeal to CostaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s international clientele. Each cruise offers two or three original shows lasting 45 minutes with two performances daily. There are also short Ã¢â‚¬Å“variety actsÃ¢â‚¬Â which precede and follow each performance.
The Costa fleet currently includes a total of 12 theatres, one on each ship with seating capacities ranging from 252 to 1,372. Throughout the fleet, there are 144 professional performing artists as well as 50 light and sound engineers. The use of the latest techniques and equipment in CostaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s theatres make the standard of the shows on board comparable with those of the most futuristic entertainment centers ashore. The theatres on the most recent flagships, for example, feature cutting-edge facilities such as a digital audio console enabling, full automation of all operations (microphone mute, sound effects control, synchronization with the hard disk player and the lighting console, video direction and stage automation); an advanced Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dolby surroundÃ¢â‚¬Â system delivering enhanced rich stereo sound throughout the auditorium; a fully automated stage controlled by a PC with dedicated software for the opening and closing of curtains; a remote control for flying bars; a turntable stage and revolving music bandstand. In addition, there is a full-fledged Ã¢â‚¬Å“laser show,Ã¢â‚¬Â which can project film clips and images consisting of two monochromatic beams and one multicolor beam with 26 mirrors arranged in the theater.
Costa Cruises currently has 12 ships in service and five on order, more than any other cruise line in the world. By 2012 the Costa fleet will be 17-strong with total guest capacity of 36,800 in double occupancy cabins. In addition to the Costa Luminosa, four other new builds have been ordered Ã¢â‚¬â€œ one 92,700 gross tonnage vessel and three 114,500-tonners, to be built in Marghera and Genoa Sestri Ponente by Fincantieri. CostaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fleet expansion program, which began in 2000, entails a total investment of 5.5 billion euros with the addition of 13 new fleet members from 2000 to 2012.