Largest Italian cruise ship enters service

‘Costa Favolosa’ running her sea trials (Courtesy of Fincantieri) ‘Costa Favolosa’ running her sea trials (Courtesy of Fincantieri)
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Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Venice, Italy, recently delivered the largest cruise ship flying the Italian flag to Costa Cruises.

Named Costa Favolosa, the 114,500gt vessel became the flagship for the Italian cruise company and has a total passenger capacity of 3,800 accommodated in 1,508 cabins. The newbuilding is a modified Concordia class and is the 15th vessel to join Costa’s fleet.

The Costa Favolosa is the next to the last two of 10 new ships that Costa Cruises ordered from Fincantieri which have been, or will be, delivered from 2003 to 2014. The penultimate ship to enter service will be the Costa Fascinosa, sister ships to the Costa Favolosa, also under construction at the Marghera shipyard and scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2012. The final Costa newbuilding, the as yet unnamed hull 6203, will become the largest Italian cruiseship at 132,500gt with a total passenger capacity of 4,928. This new Costa flagship will be an innovative evolution of the Concordia class project and is slated for delivery in 2014 from the Marghera yard. Costa’s new ships are part of a fleet expansion plan developed by Costa Crociere SpA, which also includes AIDA Cruises and Iberocruceros, involving 23 ships for a total investment of approximately 10 billion from 2000 to 2014.

Measuring 290.20m long and 35.50m wide, the Costa Favolosa offers a myriad of passenger facilities over 14 decks on board the new flagship including the 6,000m2 Samsara Spa, one of the largest wellness centres built on a cruise ship. The main innovations include six new veranda suites with their own jacuzzis, and a new entertainment area fitted with the marvels of virtual reality in the 4D cinema with 18m2 screen showing music videos and other entertainment. There’s also a new children’s open-air aqua park water playground with its own pirate galleon, a large central lido extending over two decks with a sliding glass roof for all-year round relaxation.

The new design aft pool area is particularly large and inviting providing 1,000m2 of space dedicated to relaxation and entertainment with 160 sun loungers, waterfront whirlpool tubs and an invigorating waterfall. The shipboard gym offers latest Technogym equipment, which allows users to browse the internet, watch TV and listen to iPods while they train.

There are duty free shops and a Costa Concept store selling products and souvenirs selected specially for Costa Cruises.

A diesel electric plant consisting of six 12,600kW Wärtsilä 12V46 C medium-speed diesel engines coupled to 14,000kVA ATI Converteam Ansaldo 3 phase AC 60Hz generators provides a total electrical output of 84,000kVA. In addition to meeting the demands for the wide-ranging hotel services, the power plant drives the two 21MW ATI Converteam Ansaldo electrical propulsion motors which turn the 5.7m diameter 5-bladed FP propellers to give a service speed of 19.6 knots. Steering is by means of two Van der Velden rudders while manoeuvrability in harbour is enhanced by six 1,720kW Fincantieri designed transverse thrusters, three fitted in the bow and three in the stern.

Like other vessels in Costa’s fleet, the new flagship will be equipped for ‘cold ironing’ facilitating plugging into shore-side electrical power and enabling generators to be shut down during stopovers in port. For added passenger comfort, the newbuilding is fitted with a pair of Fincantieri designed fin stabilisers with blades measuring 7.35m.

The navigation bridge is fitted with a SAM Electronics fully integrated NACOS navigation system consisting of Chartpilot, multiplot, conning display, VDR, AIS and bridge and watch alarm.

Principal dimensions

Length o.a. 290.20m

Length b.p. 247.70m

Beam 35.50m

Design draught 8.20m

Gross tonnage 114,500gt

Deadweight tonnage 10,000dwt

Main propulsion engines 6 x 12,600kW Wärtsilä 12V46 C medium-speed diesel

Generators 6 x 14,000kVA Ansaldo 3 phase AC 60Hz generators

Electric propulsion motors 2 x 21MW

Propellers 2 x 5.7m diameter 5-bladed FP propellers

Service speed 19.6 knots

Bow thrusters 3 x 1,720 kW, 2.41m diameter Fincantieri designed

Stern thrusters 3 x 1,720 kW, 2.41m diameter Fincantieri designed

Passenger capacity 3,800

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