Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Costa Deliziosa will be delivered at the end of January 2010. The Costa Luminosa and the Costa Pacifica, also built by Fincantieri, and that recently successfully completed their sea trials, will be delivered at the end of April and the end of May 2009.
The Costa Deliziosa and the Costa Luminosa will be the fleet’s “flagships”, the most exclusive and innovative vessels designed for Costa’s top clientele.
Costa Cruises is the company with the world’s largest fleet expansion plan, with 5 new ships to be delivered by 2012.

Genoa, 12 March 2009 – Costa Cruises, the leading Italian tourism group and Europe’s no. 1 cruise company, and Fincantieri, a global leader in cruise ship construction, celebrated the technical launch of the Costa Deliziosa at the Marghera yards: the first time the ship touched the sea flooding the dry-dock where she is under construction.

The Costa Deliziosa, the 15th ship of Costa’s fleet with a total tonnage of 92,700 and a capacity of 2,828 passengers, is scheduled to be delivered at the end of January 2010, after completing the interior fitting out operations. Along with her sister ship, the Costa Luminosa, she will be the fleet’s “flagship”, the most exclusive and innovative vessel designed for Costa’s “high end” customers.

The Costa Deliziosa will be the third new Costa ship delivered by the Fincantieri yards in less than one year. The Costa Luminosa, also built in Marghera, will be delivered at the end of April 2009, while the Costa Pacifica, built in the Genova-Sestri Ponente yards, will be delivered at the end of May 2009. An extraordinary and record-breaking event will be held in Genoa, on 5th June 2009 when, for the first time ever, two ships, the Costa Luminosa and the Costa Pacifica, will be christened at the same time. The official technical sea trials of the 2 ships were successfully completed just a few days ago, confirming the operating efficiency of the systems, equipment and engines. The tests were conducted during the first crossing of the Costa Luminosa and the Costa Pacifica.

“The launching of the Costa Deliziosa is real proof of the soundness of our company - declared Gianni Onorato, President of Costa Cruises - Despite the current difficulties in the tourism sector and overall economy, we are continuing the expansion plan of our fleet, that with 5 new ships is the world’s largest, for a total investment of € 2.4 billion. The strength of our brand, backed by more than 60 years of experience, and the quality of our product, are highly appreciated by our customers, who compel us to look toward with the future with confidence. A future in which thanks to the Costa Deliziosa, the Costa Luminosa and the Costa Pacifica, we will be able to expand the number and, above all, the quality of our products”.

Enrico Buschi, chief officer of operations of Fincantieri, commented: “The launch is a highly significant moment in the construction of a ship. We build to schedule and reach an unrivalled quality standard creating ships which are unique in the history of shipbuilding since we bring together cutting edge technological solutions and high standards. The relationship between Fincantieri and Costa Crociere is well-established, a true partnership of over twenty years and which bears witness to the capacity of the Italian industry to work as a system.”

Costa Cruises is the cruise line with the world’s biggest fleet expansion plan: 5 new ships (including the Costa Luminosa, the Costa Pacifica and the Costa Deliziosa) to be delivered by 2012 for a total investment of €€2.4 billion. Built in Italy by Fincantieri, each ship requires the professional expertise of about 3,000 workers from Fincantieri and roughly 500 linked industry companies, the majority of which are Italian. The 5 new ships represent a 50% increase in the capacity of the Costa fleet, Europe’s largest: in fact, in 2012, the fleet will consist of 17 vessels with a total capacity of 46,400 passengers.

The technical launch ceremony
The Costa Deliziosa’s technical launch ceremony was carried out according to seafaring tradition. The shipyard director invited the godmother - an employee from the Marghera yard - to cut the ribbon and break a bottle of champagne on the bow of the Costa Deliziosa. Once the dry-dock where the ship took shape over the last few months had been filled with water, the hull finally had the chance to touch the sea for the first time. The launch ended with the welding of a coin at the base of what was once the mainmast, by tradition a gesture of good luck.

The Costa Deliziosa: Costa Cruises’ newest flagship
The Costa Deliziosa will weigh in at 92,700 dwt and carry a total of 2,828 guests. Along with her sister ship, the Costa Luminosa, they will be the fleet’s “flagships”, the most exclusive and innovative ships dedicated to Costa’s top clientele. And this starts with the avant-garde design and use of premium materials, such as marble, wood, mother-of-pearl and Murano glass. Then there are important works of art, like the “Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro” that will embellish the atrium. There will be an incredibly large number of things to do on board that are fun, entertaining and relaxing, and everything based on the use of leading-edge technology: 4D cinema; roller skating track; Golf simulator with “putting green”; Gran Prix race car simulator; the exclusive 3,500 m² “Samsara Spa” wellness centre with Technogym Kinesis room, making its world debut.
And then exclusive itineraries: throughout the 2010 winter season, starting in February, the Costa Deliziosa will sail 7-day cruises in the Arabian Gulf to visit the Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain, a unique destination that Costa is the first to offer. During the summer season, the Costa Deliziosa will depart from Copenhagen for 7-day cruises to the Norwegian fjords and the Baltic capitals.

Costa Cruises is Italy’s largest tourism group and Europe’s no. 1 cruise company. For over 60 years its ships have plied the seas of the world, offering the best in Italian style, hospitality and cuisine and providing dream holidays with the utmost in terms of fun and relaxation. In 2008 Costa Cruises carried a total of over 1.2 million cruise guests, a record for the European cruise industry. Its fleet has a total of 12 ships, all flying the Italian flag, each with her own distinctive characteristics and unique style; together each year, they offer the chance to visit some 250 separate destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the Caribbean, South America, the United Arab Emirates, the Far East and the Indian Ocean. Two more new ships - the Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica - are due for delivery at the end of April and the end of May 2009, and will be christened together in Genoa on June 5 this year, while another three new liners are on order. Costa Cruises has been certified by RINA (Italian Shipping Register) with the BEST4, an integrated system of voluntary certification of corporate compliance with the highest standards governing social accountability (SA 8000, issued in 2001), environment (UNI EN ISO 14001, 2004), safety (OHSAS 18001, 1999) and quality (UNI EN ISO 9001, 2000). All the ships in the Costa fleet have been assigned RINA’s Green Star notation certifying that they are operated in compliance with the highest environmental protection standards. Costa Cruises is an official partner of the WWF for the protection of the marine ecoregions of the Mediterranean, the Greater Antilles and Brazil. In Mediobanca’s 2008 survey of over 3700 Italian enterprises that recorded revenue of at least 50 million euros the previous fiscal year, Costa Crociere S.p.A. ranks 72nd in terms of sales and 12th as regards profitability.

Fincantieri is one of the world’s most important shipbuilding concerns. It is world leader in the construction of cruise ships, reference operator for the large ferry sector and boasts an important order book in the naval field. In addition, the company also operates in the mega yacht sector for vessels of over 70 metres in length, in component production and in ship repairs and conversions. Headquartered in Trieste the company has over 9,000 employees and eight shipyards in Italy. It has two design centres, one in Trieste (the largest in Europe) and one in Genoa. Following its recent acquisition of four shipyards in the USA, Fincantieri Marine Group was founded, a company which works for civilian customers and government bodies, including the Navy and the Coast Guard.