Godmother and employee of Costa Cruises, Mirca Pizzato, cut the ribbon and broke a bottle of champagne against the bow of the ship before the dry dock filled with water.
Good luck was bestowed upon Fascinosa with the welding of a coin at the base of what was once the mainmast, according to maritime custom, as employees and management looked on.
Set to sail her maiden voyage on 2 May 2012, Fascinosa is the ninth ship built by Fincantieri for the cruise line since 2000 at a cost of approximately 510 million euros.
With a name meaning “charming” in Italian, the 3,800-passenger Fascinosa will act as a tribute to all things that exude charm.
From people to places, the interiors will be inspired by great masterpieces of film with an atmosphere reminiscent of authentic cinematic locations and designed to be a work of art themselves.
Plush furnishings and a colour theme of silver, gold and purple will feature, along with a host of innovations including six suites complete with balconies and private jacuzzis.
An array of virtual activities will be on offer with a 4D Cinema, Playstation World, a Grand Prix race car simulator and golf simulator.
The stern swimming pool area and waterfall will be a spacious 1000 square metres and children will have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor water park complete with pirate galleon and castle.
One of the largest spas at sea, the ‘Samsara Spa’ will also feature, along with a central pool area residing over two decks with a retractable glass roof and large screen.
Costa Cruises continues their dedication to the environment with Fascinosa equipped for ‘cold ironing’, a system that allows the ship to plug into shoreside electrical power hence enabling generators to shut down during port visits.
Summer 2012 sailings will include 8-day voyages from Venice and Bari to Olympia, Santorini, Rhodes and Dubrovnik.