Costa Favolosa Named In Trieste

Italian cruise line Costa Cruises is set to welcome the newest addition to its fleet today with the official naming ceremony of the new Costa Favolosa. Held at the Piazza Unita d’Italia in Trieste, the event is part of a performance entitled “Tribute to Beauty” and is one of the official celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.

 

Actress Magareth Made will serve as godmother of the Costa Favolosa, cutting the ribbon to break a bottle of Aneri prosecco wine over the ship’s bow. Celebrating Italian excellence, the festivities will also include performances by renowned pianist Ludovico Einaudi, actor Alessandro Rossi and dancers from the Teatro alla Scala Ballet School, a gala dinner onboard the ship with menus devised by 2 of Italy’s top international Michelin-starred chefs, Massimo Bottura and Carlo Cracco, before culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over the harbour.

 

At 114,800 gross tons and accommodating up to 3,800 guests, the new flagship of the line is also the largest cruise ship flying the Italian flag at sea. Innovations onboard include 6 new veranda suites with private jacuzzis, 5 restaurants (including the Club Favolosa and Costa’s Samsara Restaurant) and 13 bars, 6,000-square meter Samsara Spa, as well as a host of entertainment options including a 4D cinema, Grand Prix simulator, multi-purpose sports court and open-air Aqua Park water playground.

 

Following her christening, Costa Favolosa repositions to Venice for her grand inaugural cruise, an 11-day voyage departing on 7 July 2011 with calls in Bari, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Izmir, Mykonos, Piraeus and Olympia. She will operate 8-day Eastern Mediterranean voyages visiting Croatia, Greece, Italy and Turkey for the rest of the summer cruise season, moving to homeport in Dubai for the winter season on 7-day cruises in the Middle East calling at Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Khasab and Muscat.

 

For more information, visit www.costacruise.com.

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