MIAMI, FL, Dec 18 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Between November and December 2007, Costa, EuropeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Number One Cruise Line, carried out restyling operations and technical maintenance on four ships while in dry dock, totaling an investment of 15 million euros. The works were carried out in the dry-docks of the ports of Genoa and Palermo. From November 13-23, the Costa Victoria was at the Mariotti shipyards in Genoa; from November 13-25, the Costa Marina was placed in dry-dock number five at the port of Genoa; from December 4-14, the Costa Concordia was at the Fincantieri dry-dock in Palermo, where the Costa Classica was also dry-docked from November 20 to December 1. The main objective of these operations, which for CostaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ships are carried out an average of every two and a half years, is to perform routine and extraordinary maintenance on the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s technical systems and its furnishings. The main purpose of all the various operations is to ensure that the quality and safety of CostaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ships remains at the highest levels, in both crew and guest areas.
Hull maintenance is one of the most important operations carried out during this kind of ship Ã¢â‚¬Å“check-up.Ã¢â‚¬Â During these operations, the hull, whose length on these vessels ranges from 174 meters (Costa Marina) to 290 meters (Costa Concordia), is completely cleaned and painted to prevent it from eroding due to the effect of atmospheric agents and the sea and to improve its performance at sailing speeds. For the hotel areas, the layout of the public spaces and the cabins was completely restyled, replacing furnishings, carpeting, curtains, fabrics, wall linings and, this time, also replacing the cathode ray television sets in the suites with new and modern LCD screens. On the outer decks, the flooring was replaced with teak.
After completing the dry-dock operations, the four ships departed for the 2007-2008 winter cruise season:
- Costa Marina departed from Savona on a 26-night cruise to Mauritius. This winter, the ship will offer a new and exclusive itinerary to the Indian Ocean, departing from the famous tropical island with calls to Madagascar, Kenya, the Seychelles, and Reunion.
- Costa Victoria and Costa Classica are being positioned in South America for cruises to the southern tip of the world, Tierra del Fuego.
- Costa Concordia will offer 10 and 11-night cruises to Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, where guests will be able to enjoy a mild climate while visiting some of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most fascinating destinations.
Costa Concordia Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This 114,500-ton ship entered service in 2005. She measures in at 290 meters and carries 3,780 guests. The ship boasts innovative and unique features, including the Samsara Spa, an exclusive 23,000 square-foot spa with cabins featuring direct access via private stairway and elevator to the spa facilities. The ship also features four swimming pools, two with a retractable glass roof, allowing guests to enjoy poolside activities throughout the year. Additionally, she features a Grand Prix race car simulator, the most accurate representation of Formula One driving available. The interiors of the ship are inspired by all of EuropeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s architectural styles up to the 1900s. This same theme is also part of the numerous works of art on board (around 6,000 in all, including originals and reproductions) created by 35 international artists such as Omar Galliani, Aldo Spoldi, Nicola Salvatore, Wal, and Javier GarcerÃƒÂ .
Costa Victoria Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This 76,000-ton ship, which entered service in 1996, is 252 meters long and carries a total of 2,394 guests. In January 2004, private balconies were installed in 242 cabins and four mini-suites. Elegant and refined, the Costa Victoria has a distinctive and modern design, premium furnishings and valuable works of art. Particularly impressive is the Concorde Plaza, a bow saloon surrounded by glass offering a view over the sea, and the Wellness Center, with a beautiful indoor swimming pool. The ship displays original works by numerous artists, including Gianfranco Pardi and Emilio Tadini.
Costa Classica – Built by Fincantieri in Marghera in 1991, the Costa ClassicaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s public areas underwent a major restyling in 2001. This 52,900-ton ship is 221 meters long and carries a total of 1,680 guests. This elegant cruiser has numerous valuable works of art including the unique Sfera by Pomodoro in the main hall. She has a linear and uniform architecture, constant symmetry and some Ã¢â‚¬Å“traditionalÃ¢â‚¬Â shipboard elements, such as circular portholes in the hull and tall, elliptical funnels.
Costa Marina Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This classic and elegant ship, which entered service in 1990, weighs in at 25,600 tons, is 174 meters long and carries a total of 1,000 guests. From January to March 2002, she underwent a major restyling. She is noted for the originality of her exterior shape, which features wide windows and a stern transom, as well as a glass wall facing the restaurant hall and the ballroom, while the superstructure features a glass dome and hosts an elegant lounge and bar.
For reservations or more information, contact a travel agent, call (800) GO-COSTA or visit www.costacruises.com.