Costa Fascinosa, the € 510-million Concordia-class cruise ship, entered service in 6th May 2012. Ordered in October 2007 for Costa Crociere and constructed by Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Venice as part of a five-ship expansion (entering service between 2009 and 2012) of the Costa Crociere fleet, the vessel is based on the Concordia class design already in service with Costa Crociere.
Costa Fascinosa (“fascinating” or “glamorous” in Italian) measures 114,500 gross tons, is able to carry up to 3,780 passengers in 1,506 cabins; six more than previous Concordia class ships. Costa Fascinosa is the sixteenth ship in service with Costa Crociere.
Delivered to Costa Cruises on May 5, 2012, the cruise ship entered service on May 6, 2012 with the claim: “Charm and elegance for the new Flagship“. Costa Fascinosa will spend the summer sailing from Venice and Bari to Greece and Croatia, before heading to South America in the winter
Aboard Costa Fascinosa environments are inspired by the atmospheres of great historic films, authentic cinematic locations and works that brought success to the most celebrated theatres in the world. Costa Fascinosa is the rising star of the Costa fleet, enriched with sparkling and precious materials.
At the launch of Costa Fascinosa, its newest vessel, Costa Cruises introduced a number of new safety measures in the wake of the Concordia disaster, implementing seven new procedures to ensure “the highest safety standard before departure and during the cruise”, according to the new regulations announced last month by the European Cruise Council and the US-based Cruise Lines International Association.
Those procedures include emergency training for all guests before the ship leaves port, the introduction of a real-time route monitoring system, restricting visits to the bridge and requiring ships to carry more lifejackets. Changes have also been made to encourage greater shared responsibility, with more crew members allowed to issue orders. The vessel’s navigational plan will also be shared with staff during a pre-departure briefing.
Costa Cruises faced criticism following the Costa Concordia disaster on January 13, which resulted in the deaths of at least 32 passengers. The ship ran aground after sailing too close to the island of Giglio, off the coast of Tuscany.
In the aftermath of that tragedy, it also emerged that safety procedures were inadequate.
Pier Luigi Foschi, CEO of cruise company, said the Costa Cruise is prospering, despite the disaster, adding booking volumes were at the same level as last year.
The launch of Costa Fascinosa is an important stepping stone on our company’s road to recovery.