MIAMI, FL, August 7 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The first section of the Costa Pacifica, CostaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s newest flagship, which is due to enter service in Spring 2009, was delivered to Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente yesterday. The future bow section of the Costa Pacifica is 127 meters long, nearly 30 meters high, and weighs approximately 8,000 tons. It was built in FincantieriÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Palermo shipyard and transferred by sea to the Genoa Sestri Ponente shipyard where construction will continue. The Costa Pacifica (114,500 tons and 3,780 passengers) will be a sister ship to the Costa Serena and the Costa Concordia, CostaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current flagships and the largest passenger vessels flying the Italian flag. The Costa Pacifica will offer the same exciting innovations as her sister ships, including the Samsara SpaÃ¢â‚¬â€one of the largest spas at sea, two swimming pools with retractable magrodomes, and an authentic Grand Prix race car driving simulator.
Costa has three new ships on order or under construction in Italy with Fincantieri. In addition to the Costa Pacifica, two other ships, the Costa Luminosa (92,700 tons and 2,828 passengers) and her sister ship will be delivered by the Marghera shipyard in the Spring of 2009 and March 2010, respectively. At the end of 2010, when the last of the three ships currently on order are delivered, CostaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fleet will be 15 vessels strong and will offer more than 30,000 lower berths. This will further strengthen the fleetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s position as EuropeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest and most modern, while also increasing its capacity by more than 30%. Since 2000, Costa has invested approximately Ã¢â€šÂ¬3.5 billion in Italy to build seven new ships, all ordered from Fincantieri. These orders are part of an expansion program worth Ã¢â€šÂ¬4.5 billion to introduce 11 ships from 2000 to 2010.
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